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Trillion

1. In the short form, one million million. In business and economics, the GDP of highly developed countries is often given in trillions of dollars.

2. In the long form, one million million million. This is increasingly called one quintillion.
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The area affected by the temporal cloak is a mere 6 millimeters long and can last only 20 trillionths of a second.
This new mechanism enables micrometer scale integrated all-optical transistors to perform logic operations over multiple frequency channels in trillionths of a second at microwatt power levels, which are about one millionth of the power required by a household light bulb," said John.
By overlaying thousands of such measurements, Dally and Bloomfield say they have demonstrated that shape changes indeed take place and that those transformations recur at extremely brief intervals of tens to hundreds of trillionths of a second.
By the mid 1990s, scientists were building powerful lasers whose pulses were measured not in billionths or even trillionths of seconds but in thousandths of trillionths of seconds, or femtoseconds.
One of the Caltech team's two new chips contains a close-packed array of 1,000 tiny chambers that can each hold 250 trillionths of a liter of fluid.
1 picograms (or trillionths of a gram) per gram of ice, says Claude Boutron, a geochemist at Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, France.
For the rock and dust that coalesced long ago to form Earth, about 460 trillionths of the mass became gravitational energy, scientists have calculated.
The plasma in the tabletop device disperses too quickly--after only 200 trillionths of a second.
Moreover, observations of the star's steady output of X rays with the ASCA satellite in April and the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer in June revealed that the spin speed was rapidly dropping at a rate of 60 trillionths of a second every second.