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Empa Issues LICARA Guidelines for Sustainable Competitiveness of Nanoproducts

Empa Issues LICARA Guidelines for Sustainable Competitiveness of Nanoproducts

The LICARA guidelines are geared towards small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from all branches of industry, and help weigh up the pros and cons of nanomaterials and make decisions on their use. The guidelines also do their bit towards efficient communication in the value added chain. [More]
Nanotech in Foods Will Be Accepted Only if it Improves Safety, Enhances Nutrition

Nanotech in Foods Will Be Accepted Only if it Improves Safety, Enhances Nutrition

New research from North Carolina State University and the University of Minnesota shows that the majority of consumers will accept the presence of nanotechnology or genetic modification (GM) technology in foods – but only if the technology enhances the nutrition or improves the safety of the food. [More]
Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization Honors University of Houston Researcher with Emerging Investigator Award

Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization Honors University of Houston Researcher with Emerging Investigator Award

Debora Rodrigues, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Houston, has received the Emerging Investigator award from the Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization (SNO). [More]
Toxicologist Discovers Shortcomings in Studies on Risks Associated with Nanoparticles

Toxicologist Discovers Shortcomings in Studies on Risks Associated with Nanoparticles

Empa toxicologist Harald Krug has lambasted his colleagues in the journal Angewandte Chemie. He evaluated several thousand studies on the risks associated with nanoparticles and discovered no end of shortcomings: poorly prepared experiments and results that don’t carry any clout. Instead of merely leveling criticism, however, Empa is also developing new standards for such experiments within an international network. [More]
Plastic Nanoparticles Can Negatively Affect Organisms in Freshwater Bodies

Plastic Nanoparticles Can Negatively Affect Organisms in Freshwater Bodies

Organisms can be negatively affected by plastic nanoparticles, not just in the seas and oceans but in freshwater bodies too. These particles slow the growth of algae, cause deformities in water fleas and impede communication between small organisms and fish. These are the results of research carried out by Wageningen University and IMARES, part of Wageningen UR, published in the latest issue of Environmental Science and Technology. It is the first time that such effects of plastic on freshwater organisms have been studied. [More]
Rapid Accumulation of Carbon Nanotubes in Wetland Sediment Could Damage Aquatic Food Chain

Rapid Accumulation of Carbon Nanotubes in Wetland Sediment Could Damage Aquatic Food Chain

A Duke University team has found that nanoparticles called single-walled carbon nanotubes accumulate quickly in the bottom sediments of an experimental wetland setting, an action they say could indirectly damage the aquatic food chain. [More]
PETA International Science Consortium Experts to Present at Nano Risk Analysis II

PETA International Science Consortium Experts to Present at Nano Risk Analysis II

Experts from the PETA International Science Consortium will present strategies for optimizing nonanimal testing methods at a workshop that will examine the strengths and limitations of current alternatives to using animals to assess nanotoxicity. [More]
NSF Awards Grant to Study Environmental Impacts of Fullerene-Based Materials

NSF Awards Grant to Study Environmental Impacts of Fullerene-Based Materials

Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) and Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences are the recipients of a new research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the lifecycle environmental impacts of fullerene-based materials—a form of engineered nanomaterials used in solar cells, drug delivery systems and cosmetics. [More]
Nanoparticles in Microfluidic Devices May Injure Liver Cells

Nanoparticles in Microfluidic Devices May Injure Liver Cells

Nanoparticles in food, sunscreen and other everyday products have many benefits. But Cornell biomedical scientists are finding that at certain doses, the particles might cause human organ damage. [More]
RUSNANOPRIZE 2014 Nomination Deadline Extended to 15th August

RUSNANOPRIZE 2014 Nomination Deadline Extended to 15th August

The nomination period for the RUSNANOPRIZE Nanotechnology International Prize has been extended. Prize applications are now being accepted until 15 August 2014, inclusively. [More]