- About Us
- Career Center
- Nano-Social Network
- Nano Consulting
- My Account
July 18th, 2007
The Dark Side of Nanotech
As nanotechnology remains a mystery to most people—what it is and what it will do—it generates the same kind of fear of anything that is unknown.
We are given a fairly thorough catalogue of these fears in a recent blog belonging to Government Computer News.
We get this breathless revelation "normally benign materials can become toxic when nanosized because microscopic particles tend to react more readily with human tissues and other substances." The subjunctive thought coming from the "can" sounds a bit more indicative than the science may support, but in truth we don't know.
The piece makes no mention of the distinction between "manufactured" nanomaterials like carbon nanotubes versus the nanoparticles that are produced from car tires as they drive on the road, or since mankind first mastered fire. But, presumably, the author's sole concern here is evil industry producing nanomaterials that are integrated into our everyday products—like our computer mouses.
The call for more research into the toxicological issues contained within the piece is a legitimate one, and one that has been answered by both government and industry. But these calls should be made with a modicum of understanding and a healthy restraint on hysteria.
It is from pieces like this that leads me to believe that the dark side of nanotech is not the hidden harm that it could do, but how nanotech remains in the dark for most people.
|Related News Press|
Interviews/Book Reviews/Essays/Reports/Podcasts/Journals/White papers
Simple attraction: Researchers control protein release from nanoparticles without encapsulation: U of T Engineering discovery stands to improve reliability and fabrication process for treatments to conditions such as spinal cord damage and stroke May 28th, 2016
Doubling down on Schrödinger's cat May 27th, 2016
The next generation of carbon monoxide nanosensors May 26th, 2016
Novel functionalized nanomaterials for CO2 capture May 10th, 2016
First single-enzyme method to produce quantum dots revealed: Biological manufacturing process, pioneered by three Lehigh University engineers, produces equivalent quantum dots to those made chemically--but in a much greener, cheaper way May 9th, 2016
Are humans the new supercomputer?Today, people of all backgrounds can contribute to solving serious scientific problems by playing computer games. A Danish research group has extended the limits of quantum physics calculations and simultaneously blurred the boundaries between mac April 14th, 2016
UCLA nanoscientists engage shoppers in fun conversations March 8th, 2016
Risk Analysis Publishes Non-Animal Strategy to Assess Nanomaterials February 24th, 2016