Goo, Shadow
Nanotech that's hard to trace or detect.

Examples include:

Nano-machines that function in low (hard to detect) concentrations and accomplish work by assembling short lived (i.e. relatively volatile) auxiliary nano-apparatus.

Nano-machines that largely disassemble themselves after or as part of completing their function leaving little traceable residue.

Nano-machines which contribute their structure to the product they are assembling, making them virtually indistinguishable from minor flaws or inconsistencies in the finished product.
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Development Notes
Text by Peter Kisner

Initially published on 31 December 2001.