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Nanotechnology-related safety and ethics problem emerging

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A scientist provides an example of a nanotechnology-related safety and ethics problem that is unfolding right now.
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“The application of [nanotechnology] to everyday experience has implications that can affect people in real ways” says Kathleen Eggleson, a research scientist. According to her, although we can find very good use of those nanotechnologies, we must use them carefully. Nanotechnology is actually very useful when it comes to the issue of microorganisms that can infect patients in hospitals : if we covered the medical materials with nano-sized particles of silver, known for their antimicrobials properties, it could really make life-saving differences. However, even if this application of nanotechnology might seem very useful, it can actually be harmful. Indeed, we can find microorganisms that are needed for our health and the environment. As a consequence, the .................. nanotechnologies must not be used in non clinical ways: it could enable resistant strains to appear. April 28, 2012 by Kathleen Eggleson "Nanotechnology-related safety and ethics problem emerging"

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HowStuffWorks "Nanotechnology Challenges, Risks and Ethics"

HowStuffWorks "Nanotechnology Challenges, Risks and Ethics" | Nanotechnology and Ethics | Scoop.it
Nanotechnology is the science of building machines at a subatomic level. Learn about nanotechnology and find out how nanotechnology is developed.
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Is nanotechnology dangerous? Some scientists are worried that nanoparticles are so small that they could pass through the barrier that protects the brain and poison us. Moreover, nanotechnology could be used to create more powerful weapons or to enhance ourselves physically, but is that ethical? Could we still be called humans if we’re able to heal quicklier or see clearly at night? Moreover, nanotechnology can also be used to build some buildings only by clicking on a button. But what about all the manufacturing jobs? Nanotechnology brings round a lot of questions about its ethical use on the human being, the implications on the world economy and the future : it can create wars between modified humans and unaltered people, helped by maybe new weapons created with this nanotechnology.

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Deliberating the risks of nanotechnologies for energy and health applications in the United States and United Kingdom.

Deliberating the risks of nanotechnologies for energy and health applications in the United States and United Kingdom. | Nanotechnology and Ethics | Scoop.it

http://www.nature.com/nnano/journal/v4/n2/full/nnano.2008.362.html

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This article deals with the ethical and legal side of nanotechnology. It was published on the 7th december 2008 and Nick Pidgeon, Barbara Herr Harthorn, Karl Bryant and Tee Rogers-Hayden wrote it. It says that nanotechnologies are a challenge to the government, researchers, industries and citizen organizations.Nanotechnologies have an uncertain side in environment, health; and safety impacts of nanomaterials. It explains that a survey in the United States and in the United Kingdom tested if people knew the risk of nanotechnology. A lot of people don’t really understand the complexities of nanotechnologies, they are focused on benefits rather than risks and had a high opinion of  science and technology. Nanotechnology works better with energy than in the .......... of health in the both countries because there are more risks in health.

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Nanotechnology

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Nanotechnology - technology at the molecular level - is held out by many as the Holy Grail for creating a trillion dollar economy and solving problems from curing cancer to reprocessing waste into products and building superfast computers.
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To finish with, there is a book which deals with nanotechnology and ethics. It was written by Geoffrey Hunt and Michael D. Mehta. It is entitled Nanotechnology: Risk, Ethics And Law. It was published on 30 August 2006. There are 296 pages.

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