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April 7th, 2008

UC Davis wants to study environmental hazards of nanotechnology

Abstract:
The University of California, Davis is hoping to start a research institute to study the unintended environmental consequences of nanotechnology.

For example, no-smell socks contain tiny particles of silver that can leach into wastewater during washing. If the wastewater ends up in the soil, the silver particles will kill valuable microbes.

Tiny nano materials increasingly are being used in clothing, as well as in medical and electronic products. Nanoparticles can be as small as a billionth of a meter.

Scientists say these new technologies should be studied before they are marketed.

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