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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]
Malvern Instruments' Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis Used in Research at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Malvern Instruments' Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis Used in Research at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Researchers at The School of Freshwater Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA, are using NanoSight Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis (NTA) from Malvern Instruments to investigate the effects of nanoparticle contam... [More]
Nano-Coated Silver Textiles Lose Less Silver During Washing

Nano-Coated Silver Textiles Lose Less Silver During Washing

If it contains 'nano', it doesn't primarily leak 'nano': at least that's true for silver-coated textiles, explains Bernd Nowack of the Technology and Society division at Empa. During each wash cycle a certain amount of the silver coating is washed out of the textiles and ends up in the waste water. Empa analysed this water; it turned out that nano-coated textiles release hardly any nano-particles. [More]
Nanoparticles in Commercial Drinks Could Lead to Poor Digestion, Diarrhea

Nanoparticles in Commercial Drinks Could Lead to Poor Digestion, Diarrhea

Nanoparticles are becoming ubiquitous in food packaging, personal care products and are even being added to food directly. But the health and environmental effects of these tiny additives have remained largely unknown. [More]
Fourth Edition of Nanosafety Cluster Compendium Available Online

Fourth Edition of Nanosafety Cluster Compendium Available Online

The EU NanoSafety Cluster is an initiative to maximise the synergies between the existing FP6 and FP7 projects addressing all aspects of nanosafety including toxicology, ecotoxicology, exposure assessment, mechanisms of interaction, risk assessment and standardisation. [More]