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More people likely to accept nano than GM, say researchers

In nano on April 3, 2008 at 4:30 am

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DOE Inspector General report critical of the Energy Department for failing to follow the recommendations of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in protecting workers who work with nanomaterials at DOE facilities.

In Health, nano on April 3, 2008 at 4:28 am



In Health, nano on April 3, 2008 at 4:21 am

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ndustry Analysts Predict Revenues from Products Incorporating Nanotechnology to Reach Close to $3 Trillion US Within 10 Years

In nano on April 3, 2008 at 4:11 am

Mar 24, 2008

In their study, Global Industry Analysts, Inc. (GIA) notes the success of nanotechnology commercialization in the healthcare and electronics section will bolster revenues for all products incorporating nanoscale technologies over the next decade. The GIA’s report also looks at government spending in nanotechnology research and development–from 2006 to 2010, Japan will be the world leader in this category, providing about $6 Billion US for nanotech R&D. The US is not too far behind with a projected $5.6 Billion US dedicated to nanotech R&D, followed by the European Union at about $4.6 Billion US for the same period.

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Recirculating Air Filtration Significantly Reduces Exposure to Airborne Nanoparticles

In Health, nano on April 3, 2008 at 4:08 am

David Y.H. Pui, Chaolong Qi, Nick Stanley, Günter Oberdörster, and Andrew Maynard
doi:10.1289/ehp.11169 (available at http://dx.doi.org/) Online 26 March 2008



BACKGROUND: Airborne nanoparticles from vehicle emissions have been associated with adverse effects in people with pulmonary and cardiovascular disease, and toxicological studies have shown that nanoparticles can be more hazardous than their larger scale counterparts. Re-circulating air filtration in automobiles and houses may provide a low-cost solution to reducing exposures in many cases, thus reducing possible health risks.

OBJECTIVES: We investigated the effectiveness of re-circulating air filtration on reducing exposure to incidental and intentionally produced airborne nanoparticles under two scenarios: while driving in traffic, and while generating nanomaterials using gas phase synthesis.

METHODS: We tested the re-circulating air filtration in two commercial vehicles when driving in traffic, as well as in a non-ventilation room with a nanoparticle generator, simulating a nanomaterial production facility. We also measured the time-resolved aerosol size distribution during the in-car recirculation to investigate how re-circulating air filtration impacts on particles of different sizes. A recirculation model was developed to describe the aerosol concentration change during recirculation.

RESULTS: The use of inexpensive low-efficiency filters in recirculation systems is shown to reduce nanoparticle concentrations to below levels found in a typical office within three minutes while driving through heavy traffic, and within twenty minutes in a simulated nanomaterial production facility.

CONCLUSIONS: Development and application of this technology could lead to significant reductions in airborne nanoparticle exposure, reducing possible risks to health and providing solutions to generating nanomaterials safely.


Human health implications of nanomaterial exposure

In Health, nano on April 3, 2008 at 4:06 am


Published in: journal Nanotoxicology, Volume 2, Issue 1 March 2008 , pages 9 – 27

1Institute of Cell Biology & Biosystems Technology, Rostock University Rostock, Germany, 2National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Morgantown, West Virginia, USA, and 3Dean Research & Development Integral University, Lucknow, India


Nanotechnology presents countless opportunities to develop new and improved consumer products for the benefit of society. However, as the industrial production and use of nanotechnology products continue to expand at a fast scale, potential human health concerns and ecological safeguards for the environment need to be addressed. Health risk assessment involving different animal species for multi-organ toxicity complimented with molecular investigations in cells is essential for investigating the potential toxic effects of nanomaterials. The purpose of this review is to present the current state of knowledge regarding the potential routes of human exposure to nanomaterials and their biological health effects. Although anthropogenic nanosized particles emitted in the environment are known to produce adverse human health in susceptible populations, much remains to be explored. Exposures can occur from direct exposure or from the use of commercial products made of nanomaterials. Safe manufacturing guidelines for prevention of exposures and recommendations on safe handling and use need to be established on a proactive basis to prevent adverse outcomes.

Nano Silver Cleanser

In nano on April 3, 2008 at 4:04 am

Nano Silver Cleanser is not a soap, it’s a revolution. Unlike any other cleanser available, Nano Silver Cleanser employs technology and the best of nature to transform the experience of skincare.
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Nanotechnology Manufacturing Breakthrough Gives Nano Battery Near Infinite Shelf Life

In nano on April 3, 2008 at 4:02 am

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IGEM 2008

In Uncategorized on April 3, 2008 at 3:57 am

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Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition Calls for Nanotechnology Regulation

In nano on April 3, 2008 at 3:51 am

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Majority of nanotechnology companies do not perform any form of risk assessment

In Health, nano on April 3, 2008 at 3:49 am

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