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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?

 

 

The Scan

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.