Project Press Releases
- September 7, 2006pdfNew Report on Nanotechnology in Agriculture and Food Looks at Potential Applications, Benefits, and RisksThanks to nanotechnology, tomorrow’s food will be designed by shaping molecules and atoms. Food will be wrapped in “smart” safety packaging that can detect spoilage or harmful contaminants. Future products will enhance and adjust their color, flavor, or nutrient content to accommodate each consumer’s taste or health needs. And in agriculture, nanotechnology promises to reduce pesticide use, improve plant and animal breeding, and create new nano-bioindustrial products.
- September 6, 2006pdfNanotechnology Can Be Child's PlayMost educators promote “hands-on” science learning—instead of traditional rote memorization—as the best way to teach and excite youngsters about science. Drawing on the world around them, children handle and manipulate the objects they study—plants, rocks, insects, water, magnetic fields. And students learn by using scientific instruments, measurement and observation devices like rulers, microscopes, telescopes, test tubes, and cameras.
- July 19, 2006pdfNanotechnology Report Calls for New Government Risk Research Strategy & FundingA new report by Andrew Maynard, chief science advisor for the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, calls for major changes in the U.S. government’s current handling of nanotechnology risk research. His study, Nanotechnology: A Research Strategy for Addressing Risk, proposes for the first time a new comprehensive framework for systematically exploring nanotechnology’s possible risks.
- July 17, 2006pdfIntel Statement on Maynard's A Research Strategy for Addressing RiskThe Intel Corporation congratulates the Woodrow Wilson Center on the publication of their new report, “Nanotechnology: A Research Strategy for Addressing Risk.” Intel is a leader in the field of nano-electronics and has long been a leader in environmental health and safety (EHS).
- May 10, 2006pdfGreen Nanotechnology Policy: Opportunities & ChoicesNanoengineered materials are a rapidly growing segment of the international marketplace of consumer products and manufacturing. Titania nanosize particles are in sunscreens and paint. Carbon nanotube composites are—or soon will be—in automobile tires. Silica nanoparticles are being used as solid lubricants, and nanomaterials are in shampoos, cosmetics and face creams.
- May 4, 2006pdfNanotechnology: Successful Commercialization Depends on Adequate Oversight, Risk Research Strategy, and Public EngagementToday, at hearings convened by the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Trade, Tourism and Economic Development, the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies director David Rejeski testified that the country’s “ability to reap the long-term benefits of nanotechnology—in areas from medicine to energy and food production—will depend heavily on how we manage the introduction of the first generation of nanotechnology products.”
- April 13, 2006pdf"Magic Nano" Product Recall UpdateToday, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) issued an update on efforts to understand why “Magic Nano”—a household glass and ceramic tile sealant in an aerosol can —may have caused respiratory problems when used in confined spaces. This is the first health-related recall of an alleged nanotechnology consumer product. BfR’s new press release is available on their website: http://www.bfr.bund.de/cd/1827.
- April 11, 2006pdfHow "Green" is Green Nanotechnology?: A Corporate PerspectiveNanotechnology has the potential to be doubly “green.” It promises to give companies the ability to design new products that are made from more environmentally-friendly materials, and that use less energy and generate less waste throughout the production lifecycle. Green nanotechnology could also earn businesses hefty profits.
- March 30, 2006pdfNanotechnology: Agriculture and Food R&DEarlier this month, the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies released the
first online, searchable inventory of nanotechnology-based consumer products (www.nanotechproject.org/consumerproducts). The inventory contains information on over 200 products from 15 countries. It includes nanotechnology merchandise that can be purchased in local department stores, pharmacies and sporting goods shops or over the Internet—everything from cosmetics to athletic equipment and from clothing to electronics.
- March 23, 2006pdfTop "Green" Nanotechnology Researchers Present Results March 26-29 at ACS Meeting in Atlanta, GALeading U.S. scientists and engineers in the field of nanotechnology and the environment will present their latest research findings at an important eight-session symposium at the annual American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting in Atlanta, Georgia during March 26-29, 2006.