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Posted: March 14, 2007
Nanotechnology risk resources
(Nanowerk News) The Nanoscale Sciene and Engineering Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison maintains a comprehensive database of references to papers, articles, and books on (or related to) potential health and environmental risks of nanomaterials sorted by material or compound, body organ or biological effect studied, or other miscellaneous issues.
Called Nanotechnology Risk Resources, this very helpful and regularly updated reference library is nicely structured into 10 sections such as "Risk Policy and Regulations", "Occupational Health & Safety", or "Studies Organized by Type of Nanomaterials", each with further subsections.
The faculty of the Nanoscale Sciene and Engineering Center also sponsors the Nano Cafés series, together with Citizens' Coalition on Nanotechnology. The Nano Café provides a casual atmosphere in which people who want to know more about nanotechnology can listen to experts, ask questions and share concerns.
UW-Madison experts will explain their work, answer questions and address concerns from members of the public as part of a lively conversation about the impact of recent research.
The next (4th) Nano Café will be held on March 22, 2007. While the first three Cafés gave overviews of benefits and risks of nanotechnology, the upcoming event will focus on Nanotechnology and Public Health, and will deal with the question "Is the widespread use of nano-antimicrobials beneficial for public health?".
Source: UW-Madison Nanoscale Sciene and Engineering Center