Nanotech and Turkey Twizzlers – Really?

The UK’s well known and respected science magazine The Daily Mail has an article by Peter Melchet, Policy Director of the Soil Association who seems to need his head examined for equating nanotechnology with “Turkey Twizzlers,” but I suppose you have to do these things if you write for the tabloids. It’s the usual Daily Mail journalism, take a few …

Hydroxyethyl cellulose dimethyl diallylammonium chloride copolymer (nano) – Because I’m Worth It

The European Union is to make the labelling of nanomaterials in cosmetics mandatory according to Chemistry World. The cosmetic regulation states that all ingredients present in the product in the form of nanomaterials should be clearly indicated in the list of ingredients, by inserting the word ‘nano’ in brackets after the ingredient listing. The ruling defines nanomaterial as ‘an insoluble …

Three Out Of Four People Quite Like Nanotechnology

Nature published an interesting paper at the weekend, a Canadian meta study into public attitudes to nanotechnology. The key finding is that “those who perceive greater benefits outnumber those who perceive greater risks by 3 to 1.” That’s probably not too surprising, as the majority of press stories about nanotechnology tend to be along the lines of it curing cancer …

Nanotech Powered Glass – Poisoning The Well

An article in Uganda’s Sunday Monitor illustrates the difficulties of policing nanotechnology claims, with the arrival of a new nanotechnology powered kind of glass… There is frenzy in Kampala, especially among the middle class, of a new type of small glass, with near magical powers, claimed to enhance body mood and replenish water and other beverages with lost essential minerals. …

CNT Regulations – A Total Mess?

SafeNano has a nice piece on the difficulties of regulating nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes because no one can agree on what they are, at least from a regulatory point of view. The European Commission then further muddies the waters by claiming that despite there being a threshold of the production or export of 1 tonne of material before companies …

“Traditional” Chemicals Can Be Dangerous Too

With all the worries about the safety of nanomaterials it is worth remembering that ‘traditional’ chemicals can also be dangerous. A fire near Leominster in the UK is causing concern over the isocyanate stored there. Isocyante was of course the chemical which killed 8-10,000 people in the Bhopal chemical plant explosion in 1984. While there have been concerns over the …

If You Don’t Understand a Technology Don’t Lobby Against It!

Euractiv reports that Robert Madelin, director-general at the European Commission’s health and consumer affairs directorate “has hit out at lobby groups who stoke fear of nanotechnology” and said it was “irresponsible” to use panic in order to attract attention. It is an interesting step forward, as anti nano lobby groups in Brussels have been very vocal in calling for all …