New Research Indicates Concerns Over Nanotech

The Center for Science, Technology and Public Policy (CSTPP) at the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs (CSTPPUMHIPA) have issued a report calling for more dialogue about nanotechnology, worring that nanotechnologies could be used to “improve human senses, memory, strength and appearance; delay or stop aging; and even control emotion and personality traits.” The report urges governments to …

nano Litter

The UK’s Institute of Food Science & Technology has weighed into the nano safety debate with comments that “more safety data are needed before nanoparticles can be used in foods or food packaging materials.” As with many applications of nanoparticles, the question is not so much whether they are intrinsically safe, but what happens to them later on in the …

Green Nanotech or Green Goo?

In a response to the ETC groups attempts to confuse GMOs with nanotech in the so called ‘Green Goo‘ (presumably this recipe will not destroy the planet then), the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars has responded with an equally odd idea with all the trappings of a ‘worthy cause’, “Green Nanotechnology.” The WWICS wants to highight green applications of …

The Return of the Methanol Fuel Cell

Samsung has reportedly developed the first prototype fuel cell for portable multimedia players based on nano-composite membranes. It might actually be the second or third, as NECs version was so long ago that telephones and laptops were the target market, but still fails to answer the two key questions: 1. Why would anyone want a fuel cell that provides less …

Ideas Wanted

The European Commission is looking for inputs on “nano (eco) toxicology R&D” specifically in the areas of: • R&D in nano (eco) toxicology, i.e. identification and prioritisation of research on safety and risk assessment, and specific studies supporting the integration of health, environmental, risk and other related aspects into R&D activities; generation of data on toxicology and ecotoxicology (including R&D …

It Had Better Be Worth It…

It is common knowledge (among nano-pundits at least) that L’Oreal is the biggest holder of nanotech related patents, but since questions were raised over safety has been strangely quiet on the subject.Cosmetics Design gets to the bottom of the issue with a little help from Mintel’s Global New Products Database, and finds that what maight be ‘nano’ in Asia is …

Nanotech Shows the Way in Fraudulent Science

2006 could be a tough year for scientific credibility. Nanotech has already come under fire with the infamous Hendrick Schoen case, but the scandals surrounding the stem cell research of South Korea’s Hwang Woo-suk do little to assuage public fears about technology. Stem cell research has much in common with nanotech through the similar ethical dilemmas associated with some aspects …

A Mexican Moratorium

Sneaking in just before the new year is a call for a Mexican moratorium on further commercialization of nanomaterials. The justification is that the “popularity (of nanomaterials) among big producers could displace farmers and other suppliers of traditional manufacturing inputs. The connotations of test-tube biodiversity and intellectual property patenting are among conundrums.” Looks like a cut and paste job to …