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Posted: November 26, 2007

The Economist says nanotechnology is 'A Little Risky Business'

(Nanowerk News) A major feature story in this week's The Economist magazine (November 24, 2007) highlights the enormous promise of nanotechnology – for breakthroughs in medicine, sustainable energy, and electronics. But the article, "A Little Risky Business," underscores the lack of research being done to determine how safe nanoscale materials are. And, despite nanotechnology's rapid commercialization, it highlights the lack of resources in government and industry that are being applied to address the problem. The story also considers the important question of whether current regulations are adequate to manage nanotechnology development safely.
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Andrew Maynard, chief science advisor for the Wilson Center's Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, is prominently featured in The Economist article. Maynard is a foremost expert on addressing possible nanotechnology risks and developing safe nanotechnologies. His Ph.D. is in ultrafine aerosol analysis from Cambridge University (UK). He is a frequent media guest and expert witness at Congressional hearings. He appears in the 2008 public television series, Nanotechnology: The Power of Small (see: )
Source: Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies
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