February 26, 2008
Federal Toxics Disclosure Law Could Help Inform Public Of Nanotechnology Risks
The Project has released a first-time legal analysis that finds a key federal toxics reporting statute could be applied to production and commercialization of nanotechnology, providing the public with more information about these revolutionary – yet still potentially risky – technologies.
February 19, 2008
Federal Nanotech Risk Research Plan Still Comes Up Short
An 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.
February 11, 2008
Know Your Nano? Free iPods To Those With High “Nano IQ”!
Five free iPod Nanos are up for grabs! To celebrate the launch of our redesigned website, the Project is sponsoring a “Nano-IQ” contest. Winners will be randomly selected from those who successfully complete the five-question quiz. - UPDATE: Winners Announced!
February 6, 2008
European Commission Gives Grant To Investigate Transatlantic Oversight Of Nanotechnology
Researchers at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Chatham House, Environmental Law Institute and the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, have been awarded a $587,000 European Commission grant to conduct an international research project on regulating nanotechnologies in the European Union and United States
February 1, 2008
Nanotechnology’s Future Depends On Who The Public Trusts
When the public considers competing arguments about a new technology’s potential risks and benefits, people will tend to agree with the expert whose values are closest to their own, no matter what position the expert takes. The same will hold true for nanotechnology, a key study has found.
January 31, 2008
How Will Government Spur Technological Innovation In The 21st Century?
At the January 22nd Congressional Nano Caucus briefing, project director David Rejeski recommended the establishment of a federal venture capital fund to speed the development and commercialization of green nanotechnology applications. This follows the release of a white paper on government-run VC funds by the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Foresight and Governance Project.
January 28, 2008
EPA Takes First Step In Filling Nanotech Information Gaps
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published today in the Federal Register its plan for the Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The plan takes a positive first step by offering industry, non-governmental organizations and other groups the opportunity to voluntarily submit safety data on engineered nanoscale materials.
January 8, 2008
Food and Drug Law Institute(FDLI), Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies Co-Sponsor Major Conference on Nanotechnology Law, Regulation and Policy
Nanotechnology was incorporated into more than $50 billion in manufactured goods last year, according to Lux Research. By 2014, the market will grow to $2.6 trillion. Yet, despite this rapid commercialization, no nano-specific regulation exists anywhere in the world. Most regulatory agencies remain in an information-gathering mode—lacking the legal and scientific tools, information and resources they need to adequately oversee expediential nanotechnology market growth.
December 12, 2007
Nanotechnology Companies Need Clear Environment and Health Roadmap to Succeed
Today, the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies released the results of a new survey of New England-based nanotechnology companies aimed at discovering how firms in almost every sector of the economy address the possible environmental, health and safety (EHS) impacts of new nanoscale materials and products. The survey found that these firms lack a clear roadmap of government EHS expectations and regulations for successful commercialization, as well as the information needed to meet those expectations.
October 31, 2007
U.S. Government Delays Nanotechnology Safety Measures
Want to buy a bag of carbon nanotubes—in quantities from a few grams to hundreds of kilograms? With a credit card and Internet access, you can. But is the U.S. government doing enough to ensure the safety of these materials and the hundreds of other nanotechnology commercial and consumer products currently on the market?
October 22, 2007
The Twinkie Guide to Nanotechnology
The Twinkie Guide to Nanotechnology is an entertaining new video featuring scientist Andrew Maynard which mixes the iconic American snack cake with humor to unlock the mysteries of nanotechnology. In this 25-minute short Maynard serves up the complexities of nanoscience in bite-size morsels.
September 25, 2007
Poll Reveals Public Awareness of Nanotech Stuck at Low Level
National survey findings released today indicate that Americans’ awareness of nanotechnology remains low. Popular awareness is nearly as small as the tiny nanoscale materials and nano-enabled devices and products now flowing onto the market from this rapidly progressing technology that experts believe will usher in a new industrial revolution.
September 13, 2007
Federal Research Plan to Determine Nanotech Risks Fails to Deliver
Almost a year in the making, a federal plan to prioritize research on the potential environmental, health, and safety (EHS) impacts of nanoscale materials has so many failings that its begs the question as to whether the government’s 13-agency nanotechnology research effort is able to deliver an effective risk research strategy, according to David Rejeski, head of the Wilson Center’s Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies.
August 8, 2007
Plenty of Clean Water at the NanoFrontier
A new podcast episode of Trips to the NanoFrontier examines how Eric Hoek and his engineering research team at UCLA are working to dramatically reduce the cost and energy needed for desalination and wastewater treatment. A companion issue of the NanoFrontiers newsletter Developing Story: Nanotechnology and Low-Income Nations examines the question of whether developing nations will fully share in the anticipated benefits of nanotech.
August 2, 2007
Does EPA Have an Adequate Strategy to Oversee Nanotechnologies?
Can it get needed information through a proposed program where companies voluntarily submit details about the nature of the nanomaterials they are using to manufacture products and about their steps to ensure safety? What incentives, if any, exist for firms to take part in this new EPA program? And how appropriate is the agency’s approach for classifying nanoscale substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)?