Scientists fear that nanomaterials could harm soil fertility and food quality
Patricia Holden, an environmental microbiologist at the University of California Santa Barbara, indicates that nanomaterials such as nano-zinc oxide and nano-cerium oxide can build up in crops and may under certain conditions damage soil. Nevertheless, she cautions people not to be “be scared of our soybeans. There’s still a lot we don’t know.”
Nanoparticle Pollution Could Stunt Crop Growth By Dave Mosher in Wired Magazine, August 23, 2012 [Link to Article]
Can Nanotech Save the Gulf?
A controversial new nanotechnology dispersant may be the key to cleaning up the spill but many scientists are skeptical about the environmental impact of introducing nanoparticles into the Gulf.Full Article >
Drinking Water From the Charles River? Nanotech Filters Make it PossibleIf you ever had the chance to walk along the banks of the Charles River in either Boston or Cambridge, MA, sipping on a cool glass of the opaque, and oftentimes foul smelling water would probably not be your first thought.
Seldon Technologies, a small startup company whose headquarters are located in Vermont, claim that their carbon nanotube filter technology can turn a cup of the Charles into the cleanest and best tasting water you've ever had.
Getting the Lead Out: Nanotech Paper Batteries
At Stanford, nanotubes + ink + paper = instant battery
BY JANELLE WEAVER - Stanford scientists are harnessing nanotechnology to quickly produce ultra-lightweight, bendable batteries and supercapacitors in the form of everyday paper. Simply coating a sheet of paper w\ith ink made of carbon nanotubes and silver nanowires makes a highly conductive storage device, said Yi Cui, assistant professor of materials science and engineering. More>>>
Media: Nanotech Uses for Energy, Cancer Treatment and Water Purification
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Tunisia Launches First Nanotech Water Purification Project
January 12, 2010
Tunisia has launched the first project applying nanotechnology in the Arab Maghreb region of north western Africa. The project aims to monitor and purify the waters of the Medjerda River, the longest river in Tunisia. Three mobile laboratories will monitor river water, after which data will be analysed at a new research centre. The laboratories will then be mobilised to expand the project to other areas of the country. More>>>
Feynman and the Futurists
Richard Feynman and Nanotechnology
The Wall Street Journal, January 8, 2010
On Dec. 29, 1959, Richard P. Feynman gave an after-dinner talk at an annual American Physical Society meeting in Pasadena, Calif. Feynman was not the public figure he would later become—he had not yet received a Nobel Prize, unraveled the cause of the Challenger accident, written witty books of popular science, or been the subject of biographies, documentaries and even a play starring Alan Alda. But the 41-year-old was already respected by fellow physicists for his originality, his crackling intellect, and his roguish charm. More>>
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