That sinking feeling when your hard disk starts screeching and you haven't backed up your holiday photos is a step closer to becoming a thing of the past thanks to research into a new kind of computer memory.
IMEC, the Belgian nanotechnology and nanoelectronics research center, has announced the start of PEPRIC NV, a new company that will develop and commercialize molecular and functional imaging technology based on magnetic nanoparticles.
Instead of using test tube sets, the researchers generated high-velocity beams of atoms and molecules. By imaging the collision process, they were able to visualize the exact reaction pathway taken during the creation of new molecular species.
The updated document reiterates NIOSH's standing interim recommendation that employers take prudent measures to control occupational exposures in the manufacture and industrial use of engineered nanomaterials, as research advances for determining if such materials pose work-related health and safety risks.
Following the NANOMAT Conference June 15-17, 2009, there will be a one-day international conference on June 18 devoted to ethical, legal, social and environmental aspects of nanotechnology - 'Responsible Nanoscience and Nanotechnology'.
As part of the OECD activities to promote international co-operation in addressing human health and environmental safety aspects of manufactured nanomaterials, the OECD has developed a global resource which details research projects that address safety issues of manufactured nanomaterials.
At the conference on 'Working and living with nanotechnologies', which focused on the results of the European NanoCAP project, the European Trade Union Confederation presented its resolution adopted in June 2008.