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Nanotechnology

The technology that controls products at the atomic or molecular state. Nanotechnology has uses in information technology, heavy industry and energy.
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The appropriateness of existing methodologies to assess the potential risks associated with engineered and adventitious products of nanotechnologies. Luxembourg: SCHENIHR, 2006.
The "Stanford Model" of risk assessment, as described by Henry Miller ("The Use and Abuse of Science in Policymaking," Summer 2012), could be a useful paradigm for risk-based regulation for nanotechnologies. It is a flexible protocol that could easily be applied to the commercialization of different kinds of technologies, industries, and regulatory preferences.
2009, 'The Social and Economic Impacts of Nanotechnologies: A Literature Review', in Final Report Prepared for the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Monash University, Melbourne.
The development of scientifically literate citizens and scientists, capable of contributing to and using nanotechnologies in informed and responsible ways, is dependent on teaching and learning experiences that provide opportunities for integrating knowledge and processes from all the disciplines of science.
(2009) provide a brief overview of nanotechnologies currently used in food applications.
On its Web site, PEN says it "is dedicated to helping ensure that as nanotechnologies advance, possible risks are minimized, public and consumer engagement remains strong, and the potential benefits of these new technologies are realized."
These concerns apply to all nanotechnologies, but especially to those that use "free" nanoparticles (such as some sunscreens), as these enter the environment and react with organisms more readily than those bound within larger structures (such as the carbon nanotubes in a tennis raquet).
Industry and Enterprise Commissioner Gunter Verheugen said that we need "a reliable and stable regulatory framework [ ] enabling the EU's industry to fully exploit the advances of nanotechnologies".
"The goal of our project is to make sure we can maximize the benefits of nanotechnologies and minimize the risks.
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies: A Nanotechnology Consumer Products Inventory (2006), online: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars <http://www.nanotechproject.org/index.php?id=44>.
"The number of nanotechnology food products currently being sold appears to be relatively small," said David Rejeski, director of the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, which supported the study.
The inventory's items are only "the first wave of a product tsunami," says David Rejeski, director of the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies in Washington, D.C., which compiled the inventory.