Oh my word Silicon, Silicone, Silicon Valley

Oh my word Silicon, Silicone, Silicon Valley
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Silicon is a non-metallic chemical element or a metalloid element which is found in silica and silicates. Silicon is a found combined with oxygen in quartz, and sandstone. It comes from the Latin word ‘silex –icis’ which means flint. Silicon crystals are used in making microchips. Silicon chip is a microchip made of silicon used to make integrated circuits in computers.

Silicon is a non-metallic chemical element or a metalloid element which is found in silica and silicates. Silicon is a found combined with oxygen in quartz, and sandstone. It comes from the Latin word ‘silex –icis’ which means flint. Silicon crystals are used in making microchips. Silicon chip is a microchip made of silicon used to make integrated circuits in computers. China and Russia are the largest silicon producing countries in the world followed by Norway, the US, Brazil, France, Ukraine, South Africa and India Silicon is in high demand in the global market because it is a valuable compound.

It is used in making several products such as in treadmill belt spay, silicone tubes, Silicone is an organic compound of silicon- the non-metallic element. Silicone is used in making paints, varnishes, lubricants. Silicone has high resistance to hold and cold conditions, and also resistant to water.

Silicone is used in the cosmetic industry to enlarge women’s breasts. Women in the glamour or showbiz industry and few among the general public are opting to enlarge or augment their breasts. It is also used in the plastic surgeries but widely used for breast implants called silicone breasts. According to The Guardian newspaper, about five to ten million women in the world had silicon breasts for cosmetic reasons and for reconstruction of their breasts as a result of mastectomy.

“It is half a century since silicone breast enlargement became available – and it is still the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the US and the UK. What does this tell us about the society we live in?” The Guardian, January 11, 2012. Transsexual people transitioning from male to female could also opt for silicone breasts; and there are about 5000 people in the UK who had transitioned from one sex to another.

Silicon Valley is an area which has a high concentration of the electronics industry. Silicon Valley also refers to the area in San Francisco Bay in the Northern Carolina in the US which is the home to the high-tech corporations. The western California and southeast of California is known for high-technology design, IT and manufacturing industries. Bangalore is the Silicon Valley of India because it has a considerable concentration of IT and electronics industry.

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