Nanotechnology and Society


SF, December 18, 2005

State Urged to Embrace the Tiniest Science: Nanotech: A recent "blue ribbon" report states that California government must jump into nanotechnology or risk losing its nanotech edge to other states and nations.

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Ottowa Citizen, December 15, 2005

Tiny Molecules Pose Giant Threat: "Buckyballs," the soccer-ball-shaped molecules that are the foundation of the futuristic field of nanotechnology, represent a potentially serious threat to human health, according to new evidence uncovered by chemists at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Axcess, December 8, 2005

EPA Issues Nanotechnology White Paper: The EPA has issued the Draft Nanotechnology White Paper, a road map that identifies critical questions that must be addressed in order for the United States to reap the potential environmental and economic benefits of nanotechnology

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Washington Post, December 5, 2005

Nanotechnology Regulation Needed, Critics Say: Amid growing evidence that some of the tiniest materials ever engineered pose potentially big environmental, health and safety risks, momentum is building in Congress, environmental circles and in the industry itself to beef up federal oversight of the new materials, which are already showing up in dozens of consumer products.

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Small Times, December 1, 2005

Wilson Center Unveils Health and Safety Inventory: the inventory identifies about $27 million currently being spent by the U.S. government on nanotechnology's potential environmental, human health, and safety effects.

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New York Times, November 29, 2005

Too Tiny for Trouble? Scientists Take a Look: As nanotechnology research explodes, the much smaller field that investigates the technology's possible risks is also growing

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Courier Post Online, October 20, 2005

Penn tries to dispel myths about nanotechnology: The University of Pennsylvania aims to be on the cutting edge of technology, but it also wants to head off the kind of backlash that has happened progress in other hut-button topics like stem-cell research and GM foods.

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Nanotechnology may hold risks, scientists warn: In order to ensure that the risks of nanotechnology are kept to a minimum, "traditional ways of thinking about hazardous materials are going to have to broaden," explain health and environmental scientists.

Read more, October 12, 2005

Dupont, Environmental Defense Create Framework for Nanotechnology: Dupont and Environmental Defense recently agreed to collaborate on a framework for the responsible development, production, use and disposal of nano-scale materials.

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San Francisco Gate, September 12, 2005  

Nanotech Material Toxicity Debated: More Oversight Being Urged by Environmentalists:  Are the materials used in nanotechnology entirely new substances?  A growing number of environmentalists think so and are urging more regulations in the production and use of nanomaterials.

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Study Reveals Public Attitudes Towards Nanotechnology: Americans cautiously welcome nanotechnology, with concerns over consumer awareness and long-term effects.

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Wisconsin State Journal, August 30, 2005

Teaching people about nanotechnology: A member of a layperson's panel that studied the technology of the tiny said she was thrilled and unnerved by its possibilities of both fighting disease and causing it, of bettering the environment and doing harm.

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Detroit Free Press, August 25, 2005
A link made in heaven: Golf and nanotechnology: Your golf game soon may get a boost from the same technology that has been used to repair nuclear steam generator rods and armor U.S. military vehicles.

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Telegraph, August 22, 2005
How super-cows and nanotechnology will make ice cream healthier: Unilever is employing cutting-edge science to take the fat and guilt out of its top brands.

Read more, August 1, 2005
Social Science Issues to be Considered During the Development of Nanotechnology: Social scientists have the capacity and willingness to take on the issues surrounding nanotechnology and their presence can maximize its benefits.

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Nanotech Wire, July 30, 2005

NanoGeoPolitics: ETC Group Surveys the Political Landscape: At Gleneagles, the G8 saw  'More Science' as the South's solution to poverty and global warming.  Behind the scenes, the leading nano nations are rushing to set the rules for global nanotech governance.

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The Guardian, July 28, 2005

It's good to talk: Cambridge University's nanotechnology department and Greenpeace are using "Citizen's Juries" to involve the public in the fast-moving field of nanotechnology.

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Science, July 1, 2005
Small Things and Big Changes in the Developing World: With its promise to enhance economic development and social well-being, nanotechnology is being embraced by developing countries.  Policies enacted by the global scientific community should be used to facilitate this process.
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VNU, June 14, 2005
Nanotech to turbocharge PC and mobile data: Scientists have demonstrated for the first time that carbon nanotubes can route electrical signals on a computer chip faster than traditional copper or aluminium wires at speeds of up to 10GHz.
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Wired News
, June 10, 2005
When Nanopants Attack: The Eddie Bauer protest highlights a growing movement aimed at probing the potential health risks of nanotechnology, which is finding its way into commercial products despite scant research into its long-term effects.
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PR Newswire
, May 26, 2005
Rush to Market in Nanosensors, But Most Aren't 'Nano': Of 66 companies claiming to offer nanosensors, only 13 actually harness the size-dependent properties of nanomaterials, according to a new report from Lux Research entitled "Putting the 'Nano' in Nanosensors."
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Red Nova
, May 26, 2005
'Nano' Advances, Fantastic and Mundane: At the nanotechnology show in Lower Manhattan this week, companies touted the state-of-the-art, from quantum dots to microscopes powerful enough to see atoms. And then there were two guys from Cleveland hawking cough syrup...
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Science Daily
, May 23, 2005
Nano World: Nano could lead to new WMDs: Nanotechnology could soon enable a new generation of chemical and biological weapons that could escape current arms inspection schemes, experts told UPI's Nano World.
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The Guardian
, May 19, 2005
Nano Jury puts technology under the microscope: An unprecedented partnership is to seek out informed public views on nanotechnology, giving the public the opportunity to become part of the debate as to how this emerging and potentially revolutionary technology should develop.
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May 18, 2005

PCAST Releases First Report on Nanotechnology R&D: Report Finds U.S. to be Global Leader in Nanotechnology Research and Development.

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Science Daily, May 12, 2005

Nanotechnology's Miniature Answers To Developing World's Biggest Problems: According to a new study by the Canadian Program on Genomics and Global Health (CPGGH) at the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB), a leading international medical ethics think-tank, several nanotechnology applications will help people in developing countries tackle their most urgent problems.

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Future Brief
, May 4, 2005
War, Interdependence, and Nanotechnology (Commentary)
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Bharat Textile
, May 3, 2005
JAPAN: Fabric that prevent pollen from clinging - Nanotechnology: Textile maker Miyuki Keori Co. said on 2nd May that it has developed a fabric it claims can prevent pollen from clinging to it with the help of nanotechnology, which could be a boon to people with hay fever.
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Science Daily
, April 25, 2005
Nano World: Nano patents in conflict: Entrepreneurs are striving to claim patents over as many key nanotechnologies as possible. This gold-rush mentality could lead to a frenzy of lawsuits involving overlapping claims, but a new report reveals unexpected opportunities exist, too.
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Ann Arbor News
, April 23, 2005
U-M nanotechnology institute approved: The University of Michigan has created a research institute that takes a new approach to treating disease. The Michigan Nanotechnology Institute for Medicine and the Biological Sciences was approved by the U-M Board of Regents on Thursday.
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Science Daily
, April 18, 2005
Nano World - Top 10 for developing world: Energy production and storage top the list of the 10 nanotechnology applications deemed by experts to be the most likely to benefit the developing world in the next decade.
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Nano TechWire
, April 16, 2005
Assessing education and training needs for nanoscience and nanotechnology: Being a relatively new scientific discipline, many academic institutions and public authorities are still in the process of assessing teaching and training needs in the nanosciences.
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, April 10, 2005
Nanotech company aims to put paint in the past: Chemical giant DuPont is licensing technology from a small Ohio company that could make industrial paint a thing of the past.
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UC Davis
, April 7, 2005
Nanobridges Show Way to Nano Mass Production: They look like an elegant row of columns, tiny enough for atomic-scale hide-and-seek, but these colonnades represent a new way to bring nanotechnology into mass production.
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, April 6, 2005
Nanotech Vs. The Green Gang: The "Green Gang" is starting to focus on nanotech research, and governments around the world are listening. There are rumblings that regulations are needed. They say they want to guarantee the safety of the technology and instill confidence in the general public. .
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The Scotsman
, April 1, 2005
Speakers to talk tiny at Science Festival: Scientists and church leaders at the Science Festival will consider how potential advances in nanotechnology will affect the way humans think about themselves.
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Science Daily
, March 17, 2005
Nanoscience Solutions For Energy Technologies Advocated: Breakthroughs in nanotechnology could open up the possibility of moving beyond the United States' current alternatives for energy supply by introducing technologies that are more efficient, inexpensive and environmentally sound, according to a new science policy study by Rice University.
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Business Wire
, March 15, 2005
Three Nanotech Leaders, Ecology Coatings, NanoDynamics and MetaMateria, Partner To Provide New High-Performance Liquid Technology: In a move that will incorporate new nanotechnologies into staid manufacturing methods, three leading companies in the field of nanomaterial development and commercialization are collaborating to deliver polymer nanocomposite coatings.
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, March 9, 2005
Nanoscience Solutions for Energy Technologies Advocated: Breakthroughs in nanotechnology could open up the possibility of moving beyond the United States' current alternatives for energy supply by introducing technologies that are more efficient, inexpensive and environmentally sound, according to a new science policy study by Rice University.
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, February 25, 2005
Safety Rules in Science of the Very Small: Safety and ethical considerations will be a priority to the government in the use and development of nanotechnology, Science Minister Lord Sainsbury said today.
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The Times Higher Education Supplement
, February 22, 2005
Before you build that nanobot... A social scientist is posing awkward questions on behalf of the public at Cambridge's new centre for nanoresearch. Rob Doubleday has two years, at least, to put flesh on the bones of a job description influenced by the recent Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering report on nanoscience and nanotechnologies.
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Christian Science Monitor
, February 10, 2005
Small Science May Clean a Big Problem: One of the most promising innovations right now involves microscopic iron particles. At least four teams of researchers are using these "nanoparticles" to attack some of the most vexing underground pollutants, including chromium-6, the groundwater pollutant made famous in the movie "Erin Brockovich."
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Electronics & Computer Science
, February 3, 2005
Nano surfaces could slash cost of solar energy: Nanotechnologies which can artificially change the optical properties of materials to allow light to be trapped in solar cells could greatly reduce the cost of solar energy.
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Small Times
, December 10, 2004

Survey Shows Public Can Discern Nano's Benefits: When new technologies are introduced into the marketplace, it is rare that they are seen as unmitigated blessings. And in some cases, initial reservations can erupt into significant public backlash.
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, December 9, 2004
Nanotubes glow, even within biological cells: In some of the first work documenting the uptake of carbon nanotubes by living cells, a team of chemists and life scientists from Rice University, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and the Texas Heart Institute have selectively detected low concentrations of nanotubes in laboratory cell cultures.
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Etc Group, October 23, 2003

Mulch Ado About Nothing?...Or the "Sand Witch?": Environmental use of nanotechnology highlights regulatory inadequacies and lack of clarity in the nanotech industry.

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