What are the possible risks and benefits of nanotechnology and consumer products? In an effort to reach out to the American public and engage them in an important online conversation about the issue, the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies is collaborating with Consumers Union – publishers of Consumer Reports magazine and Consumer Reports Online.
July 2007 - This paper provides an overview of the current state of genomic science and technology, and its relevance for risk assessment and chemical regulation.
The number of consumer products using nanotechnology has more than doubled in the 14 months since the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies launched the world's first online inventory of manufacturer-identified nanotech goods in March 2006.
With nanotechnology poised to be the globe's next big economic driver, five U.S. cities have emerged as the country's top "Nano Metro" locations—areas with the nation's highest concentration of nanotech companies, universities, research laboratories, and organizations. Utilizing technology from Google Maps®, the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies has created a mashup to display this newly compiled data.
As other countries increasingly incorporate nanotechnology into products, they too have the opportunity to address safety, oversight, and public perception concerns from the outset. We all share this responsibility, says Wilson Center research associate Evan Michelson.
Nanotechnology is used to make hundreds of different consumer products and is already revolutionizing medicine. The Wilson Center's Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts, is assessing the enormous potential while keeping an eye on environmental and safety concerns.
Given the incredible promise of the fast emerging field—and the billions in public and private investment that it has attracted—the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies has launched a series of newsletters and podcasts focused on progress toward exciting applications on the horizon of nanotechnology.
February 2007 - White paper evaluates distributed sensing systems for water quality assessment and management.
January 2007 - Sheila Riley reports in Investor's Business Daily on how govenment agencies like the EPA are using serious games to teach important concepts.
"Prioritizing nanotechnology risk research isn't rocket science," says Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies chief scientist Andrew Maynard.