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2008-04-24 10:50:00

Nanotechnology consumer products are in your mouth and on your faceNew nanotechnology consumer products are coming on the market at the rate of 3-4 per week, a finding based on the latest update to the nanotechnology consumer product inventory maintained by the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN).One of the new items among the more than 600 products now in the inventory is Swissdent Nanowhitening Toothpaste with "calcium peroxides, in the form of nano-particles." Today, in testimony...

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2008-04-21 08:12:56

Assessment of 2006 funding shows US lags in highly relevant nano risk researchA new analysis by the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN) indicates that European nations are investing nearly twice as much as the U.S. in research primarily aimed at addressing the potential risks of nanotechnology. The analysis also highlights a substantial over-inflation of the federal government's nanotechnology risk-research investment figures for the U.S.The new PEN assessment of nanotechnology...

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2008-04-07 09:15:00

Nanotechnology is now available in a store near you. Valued for its antibacterial and odor-fighting properties, nanoparticle silver is becoming the star attraction in a range of products from socks to bandages to washing machines. But as silver's benefits propel it to the forefront of consumer nanomaterials, scientists are recommending a closer examination of the unforeseen environmental and health consequences of nanosilver. "The general public needs to be aware that there are unknown risks...

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2008-02-19 09:45:00

Inflated funding numbers, lack of overarching strategy and limited worker exposure research among shortcomingsAn improved but still flawed government-wide plan for nanotechnology risk research is the result of a broken system. Federally-funded studies essential to managing possible risks from this cutting-edge technology should be guided by a top-down strategy tied to projected commercialization, expected human and environmental exposures, and the regulatory decision-making process. The...

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2007-09-11 06:00:00

By Thurs, Daniel Patrick In the summer of 2002, MIT's new Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies (ISN) found itself at the center of a controversy. The subject of debate was not the technical specifications of a new nanomaterial or a breakthrough in nanoscale electronics. It was about a comic book. The proposal that had won the five-year, $50 million grant to establish the ISN included a drawing of what the soldier of the future might look like. Her impressive outfit, set against a...

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2006-10-11 12:30:00

UPTON, NY - The speed of nanoparticle assembly can be accelerated with the assistance of the molecule that carries life's genetic instructions, DNA, a team of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory recently found. Nanoparticles, particles with dimensions on the order of billionths of a meter, could potentially be used for more efficient energy generation and data storage, as well as improved methods for diagnosing and treating disease. Learning how to...

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2006-05-04 11:20:00

LONDON -- Scientists urged industry on Thursday to disclose how it conducts safety tests for products containing nanoparticles. The Royal Society, an academy of leading scientists, said a new inventory shows that 200 consumer products such as laptops, cosmetics and stain-resistant clothing use nanotechnology. "We are calling for industry to put the methods they use to test the safety of products containing free nanoparticles, such as some cosmetics, into the public domain because this is one...

2006-05-04 10:20:43

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists urged industry on Thursday to disclose how it conducts safety tests for products containing nanoparticles. The Royal Society, an academy of leading scientists, said a new inventory showed that 200 consumer products such as laptops, cosmetics and stain-resistant clothing use nanotechnology. "We are calling for industry to put the methods they use to test the safety of products containing free nanoparticles, such as some cosmetics, into the public domain...

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2006-01-11 07:30:00

WASHINGTON -- From toothpaste to trousers, dozens of everyday products contain materials made through the blossoming science of nanotechnology - but laws safeguarding the public's health and safety aren't developing nearly as quickly, according to a new report. Few will say whether the nano materials, often hundreds of times smaller than the diameter of a human hair, are unquestionably safe or dangerous given the lack of definitive research into the matter. However, Terry Davies, author of...

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2005-12-12 07:30:00

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Those stain-resistant khakis you just picked up at the mall, the tennis ball that holds its bounce longer and sunscreen that's clear instead of white have something in common - nanotechnology. Scientists manipulating matter at the molecular level have improved on hundreds of everyday products in recent years and are promising dramatic breakthroughs in medicine and other industries as billions of dollars a year are pumped into the nascent sector. But relatively little is...


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  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
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