Project Press Releases
- February 6, 2008pdfEuropean Commission Gives Grant To Investigate Transatlantic Oversight Of NanotechnologyResearchers 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, 2008pdfNanotechnology’s Future Depends On Who The Public TrustsWhen 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, 2008pdfHow 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, 2008pdfEPA Takes First Step In Filling Nanotech Information GapsThe 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.
- December 10, 2007pdfFood and Drug Law Institute, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies Co-Sponsor Major Conference on Nanotechnology Law, Regulation, and PolicyNanotechnology 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. By 2011, over $15 billion in nano-enabled drugs and therapeutics will be sold—up from more than $3 billion in 2006. And industry experts project that nanotechnology will be incorporated into $20 billion worth of consumer food products by 2010.
- December 9, 2007pdfThe Nanotech Future: A Conversation with Mihail RocoDr. Roco is the key architect of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI)—America’s $8 billion investment in the science and engineering research expected to revolutionize technology and industry.
- December 3, 2007pdfWell-known Washington Environmental Editor and Reporter Joins Nanotech ProjectColin Finan, former Managing Editor of Environmental Policy Alert and Associate Editor of InsideEPA.com, is the new Public Affairs and Policy Associate at the Wilson Center’s Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies. As a journalist covering environment and energy issues, Finan regularly reported on nanotechnology regulatory and research topics for Inside Washington Publishers (IWP). With over 70 editors and reporters, IWP is a prominent source of behind-the-scenes coverage of federal policy in environment, defense, health care, trade and energy matters.
- November 7, 2007pdfNew Blog Looks at Potential Nanotechnology RisksAre nanoparticles safe to breathe? Do carbon nanotubes behave like asbestos? What does the public think about nanotechnology’s risk-benefit trade-offs?
You can find the answers to these questions and more in an exciting new blog hosted by SAFENANO (See: www.community.safenano.org/blogs). Andrew D. Maynard, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies chief scientist, will be a regular contributor to the blog and will explore the many facets of nanotechnology’s benefits and risks.
- October 31, 2007pdfU.S. Government Delays Nanotechnology Safety MeasuresWant to buy a bag of carbon nanotubes—in quantities from a few grams to hundreds of kilograms (100 kilograms = approximately 220 pounds)? 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 31, 2007pdfU.S. Government Delays Nanotechnology Safety MeasuresWant 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?