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December 3rd, 2007
Devil and the Deep Blue Sea?
Scientists instinctively love nanotechnology, which is why they shouldn't be in charge of it.
What is troubling here is that nanotechnology, being embraced the world over as the panacea for all that ails the way our materials work or our drugs react in the body, is being utilized in ways that at the very least could be described as reckless or, at the worst, harmful to the public perception and the progress of these technologies. The long-term implications of releasing ZVI into the oceans are not known. How will the currents carry these particles? How long and to what effect will the iron affect plankton plumes? What kind of warnings do we put on the houses of people living with paints with nanoparticles in them or whose walls of their homes are made of nanocomposites? Could these nanocomposites become the asbestos or lead for the 21st century?
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Sustainable Nanotechnologies Project November 20th, 2014
A gut reaction November 19th, 2014
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