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Vantablack Feature
How safe is the world’s darkest material?

Vantablack - the new black? Over the past few days, the interweb’s been awash with virtual “oohs” and “ahs” over Surrey Nanosystems’ carbon nanotube-based Vantablack coating.  The material – which absorbs over 99.9% of light falling onto it and is claimed ...

Dunkin Donuts Hopes To Raise $400 Million Through IPO
Nanoparticles in Dunkin’ Donuts? Do the math!

Nanoparticles in food products Over the past couple of years a number of articles have been posted claiming that we’re eating more food products containing nanoparticles than we know (remember this piece from a couple of weeks ago?).  One of the latest ...

Drinkable nanojuice potentially allows unprecedented real-time imaging of the small intestine
Nanojuice for GI tract imaging – is it safe?

Nanojuice: drinkable nanoparticles for studying the gut Over the past few days, my news and social media streams have been inundated by articles on “nanojuice”.  The “juice” – developed by researchers at the University of Buffalo and published in the ...

Imagining synthetic biology
Do we need a better definition for synthetic biology?

Jim Thomas of the ETC Group has just posted a well reasoned article on the Guardian website  on the challenges of defining the the emerging technology of “synthetic biology”.  The article is the latest in a series of exchanges addressing the potential risks ...


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Can using sunscreen increase your risk of dying?

Sunscreen (non)sense A recent comment on the Risk Science Center Facebook page asked whether we could help make sense of this article, posted on the website realfarmacy.com a few days ago: Scientists Blow The Lid on Cancer & Sunscreen Myth, ...

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Nanotechnology for a sustainable future, new book offers insights

Nanotechnology offers solutions to pressing global issues, but they also have the potential to lead to unexpected risks and unintended consequences. A newly released book, Nanotechnology Environmental Health and Safety: Risk, Regulation and Management, offers insights into how these new ...

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Lead abatement, a wise economic and public health investment

Childhood lead exposure costs Michigan residents an estimated $330 million annually, and a statewide remediation program to eliminate the source of most lead poisoning would pay for itself in three years, according a report issued today. “Economic Impacts of Lead ...

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Lost in Nano-Translation: Titanium Dioxide in Food Products

Recently the American publication Mother Jones published an article on the dangers of food laced with tiny metal oxide particles. The article, however, is laced with errors and misinformation. The source material for the article came from a report by ...


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Opinion: Geoengineering and Human Health

Climate change is closely associated with adverse human health impacts(1). Amongst the raft of options to reduce current and projected impacts is massive scale environmental engineering to reduce the rate of global warming – often referred to as geoengineering. The potential health ...

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Exploring the link between heavy metals, noise and hearing loss

Much of the estimated 50 million tons of discarded electronic waste (e-waste) from around the world ends up at informal, poorly-regulated dumping sites in low income nations, such as Agbogbloshie in Accra, Ghana – the largest e-waste site in the ...

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Hands-on activities explore responsible use of nanotech

How do you save the world from nanobot domination? This is not a question that many teenagers would spend their weekends pondering. But, the world at one-billionth of a meter was exactly what a group of teenagers had in mind ...

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U-M Risk Science Center part of new food ingredient safety research

The University of Michigan Risk Science Center at the School of Public Health is part of a new food ingredient safety academic institution established in partnership with the Grocery Manufacturers Association and Michigan State University.  The Center for Research on ...


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RSC faculty part of world-first study into causes of serious road trauma

The University of Michigan Risk Science Center faculty Diana Bowman and Ray Bingham are part of an international team of scientific advisors to a world-first study into the causes of serious road trauma. The Enhanced Crash Investigation Study (ECIS), launched ...

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Nanotechnology: A decade of uncertainty

The early 2000’s were heady time for nanotechnology.  Governments invested heavily in nanotechnology research and development; companies began producing explicit nanotechnology-enabled products; and a debate over the safety of nanoscale materials and devices gathered momentum.  Driven in part by some ...

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Responsible innovation key to the success of emerging technologies

The World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies today released its annual list of breakthrough technologies. The list highlights 10 trends in technological advancement that could offer innovative solutions to a range of pressing global challenges.  As a ...

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RISK BITES: Facts about silver nanoparticles

Silver – known for its germ-killing capabilities – has been used for thousands of years. In recent times though, concerns have been raised over the potential health and environmental risks associated with one particular form of silver that has been ...