Nano Better than Petrol

A Rice University study compares “the environmental and health risks associated with the production of five nanomaterials — single-walled carbon nanotubes, buckyballs, zinc selenide quantum dots, alumoxane nanoparticles and titantium dioxide nanoparticles — with the risks of making six commonplace products — silicon wafers, wine, high-density plastic, lead-acid car batteries, refined petroleum and aspirin.” It’s an interesting mix of products, …

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Bigger Better Nano

The US National Science Foundation will be unveiling a $20m project today to “create public nanotechnology exhibits and educational programs for the public at US science museums.” A sort of a super nano jury. Of course demonstrating the nanoscale is obviously challenging, so the museums involved will have to be a little creative. Exhibits will likely focus on the products …

The Verdict

The UKs NanoJury finally reported back (or least four out of the sixteen did) so we trekked across town to The Guardian Newsroom to see what they had to say. It was very very refreshing to hear the views of people not closely associated with field. Having spend several weeks hearing both sides of the argument, the jury seemed to …

A Different Index

A rather different kind of Nanotechnology index was launched by Innovest this week, looking at the benefits and potential risks. Innovest is an interesting company, focussing on rating companies for environmental, social, and strategic governance issues. While this may be of little concern to the average small investors looking to make a quick buck, or more accurately a buck one …