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Industry, NGOs at odds over nanotechnology regulation

A new study has revealed deep divisions on how nanotechnology should be regulated, with environmental lobby groups seeking a moratorium until products are proven to be safe, and industry proposing that specific guidelines be introduced to supplement existing regulations.

Posted: Mar 5th, 2009

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EPA grant to study effects of nanoparticles

Studying potential health and environmental effects of tiny industrial building blocks, called nanoparticles, is the goal of a $389,303 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to Vicki Grassian, director of the University of Iowa Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute.

Posted: Mar 5th, 2009

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A tale of two excitations for ultracold gas atoms

Theoretical physicists from Argonne National Laboratory, US, and RIKEN's Advanced Science Institute, Wako, have constructed a general theory for describing the characteristics of an unusual and newly discovered system of particles, a chain of 'spin-1/2 bosons'.

Posted: Mar 5th, 2009

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'Nanostitching' could strengthen airplane skins, more

MIT engineers are using carbon nanotubes only billionths of a meter thick to stitch together aerospace materials in work that could make airplane skins and other products some 10 times stronger at a nominal increase in cost.

Posted: Mar 4th, 2009

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