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In Unrelated News, Scientists Rename the Nanotech Field

Themes of the day: public skepticism and high-tech gadgets. This story from the New York Times follows suit, delving into the story of Nabil Al-Hadithy, the hazardous waste manager of Berkeley, Calif., who succeeded in passing regulations governing companies that use or manufacture nanoparticles. According to the article:


The new regulation ... requires businesses to annually identify for Mr. Al-Hadithy’s office any materials they use or produce with at least one dimension of 100 nanometers or less, no matter how small the quantities. They must also share what they know about how toxic the particles might be and describe procedures for tracking, handling and disposing of them.

With more and more companies in this community finding uses for nanoparticles, we wonder whether this will lead to an exodus from the city - or the adoption of this regulation by other cities?

 

 

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