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Published: Mon, 19 Feb 18 16:11:38 -0500

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New CPSC Nanotechnology Center Would Focus on Risks to Consumers

Fri, 20 Feb 15 00:00:00 -0500

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has requested $7 million in funding for a new center focused on nanotechnology in consumer products.



A Statement about the PEN Consumer Products Inventory and Titanium Dioxide

Wed, 18 Jun 14 00:00:00 -0400

There has been much confusion and misinformation in recent weeks about our Consumer Products Inventory (CPI). Much of this confusion was sparked by a recent report from Friends of the Earth (FOE) on nanoscale materials in food, as well as news articles from Mother Jones and other outlets focused in on the use of nanoscale titanium dioxide in food products.



Inventory Finds Increase in Consumer Products Containing Nanoscale Materials

Mon, 28 Oct 13 00:00:00 -0400

The updated Nanotechnology Consumer Products Inventory now contains 1,628 consumer products that have been introduced to the market since 2005, representing a 24 percent increase since the last update in 2010. In addition to finding new products introduced to the market, the newly re-launched inventory seeks to address scientific uncertainty with contributions from those involved with nanomaterials production, use, and analysis.



New Case Study Explores Influence of PEN Efforts

Thu, 10 Oct 13 00:00:00 -0400

A new case study looks at the work of the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN) amidst the shift away from government-led technology assessment.



NIOSH, CDC to Examine Health Effects of Carbon Nanotubes in Workplace

Wed, 03 Oct 12 00:00:00 -0400

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health are taking public comment on their plans for a new exposure assessment and epidemiological study of U.S. workers that are exposed to carbon nanotubes and nanofibers.



FDA Releases Food, Cosmetic Nanotechnology Guidances for Public Comment

Fri, 20 Apr 12 00:00:00 -0400

The Food & Drug Administration has released two new guidance documents for public comment outlining agency policy for the use of nanotechnology in food ingredients and packaging and the use of nanotechnology in cosmetic products.



New EC Publication Marks New Strategy Towards Responsible Innovation

Fri, 13 Jan 12 00:00:00 -0500

The European Commission’s Science in Society Programme reflects on how to proceed towards Responsible Research and Innovation in the Information and Communication Technologies and Security Technology fields.



New Report Finds Public Perception of Nanotechnology Not Negative

Thu, 21 Apr 11 00:00:00 -0400

Today the Food Standards Authority issued a report on consumer attitudes to the use of nanotechnology in Food, drinks and other related products such as processing and packaging. The results, based on focus group studies, suggest that the public perception of nanotechnology in food is not negative, and is based on weighing up the benefits with risks.



Nanotechnology between the lab and the shop floor: what are the effects on labor?

Thu, 24 Mar 11 00:00:00 -0400

A new report by STIP fellow Noela Invernizzi explores the market changes posed by nanotechnology that may be disruptive for some categories of workers.



Nanotech-enabled Consumer Products Continue to Rise

Thu, 10 Mar 11 00:00:00 -0500

The most recent update to the Nanotechnology Consumer Product Inventory finds that over 1,300 manufacturer-identified nanotechnology-enabled consumer products have entered the marketplace to date.



A new video podcast on nanotechnology safety from the ASME Nanotechnology Institute

Wed, 02 Mar 11 00:00:00 -0500

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) have just posted a new video on the safe development of nanotechnology, featuring former PEN Science Advisor Andrew Maynard, as part of their series of nano educational podcasts.



2011 RISD Nanovation Winners Announced

Mon, 28 Feb 11 00:00:00 -0500

Winning projects include smarter crash test dummies, improved firefighting gear, and an advanced water harvesting system for arid climates.



Voluntary Initiatives, Regulation, and Nanotechnology Oversight

Thu, 04 Nov 10 00:00:00 -0400

A new PEN report provides the first ever analysis of voluntary initiatives to regulate nanotechnology. As nanotechnologies move forward, along with other emerging technologies, voluntary programs will play an important role in the governance portfolio available to the federal government as well as states and municipalities.



National Nanotechnology Initiative releases draft of new strategic plan

Mon, 01 Nov 10 00:00:00 -0400

The National Nanotechnology Initiative has posted a new draft strategic plan and is accepting public comments until November 30, 2010.



New EPA definition for “nano” could affect state of regulations

Fri, 07 May 10 00:00:00 -0400

At an April 29 presentation to the Pesticide Programs Dialogue Committee in Washington, D.C. EPA’s William Jordan announced a new working definition of nanomaterials.



Reinventing Technology Assessment for the 21st Century

Mon, 26 Apr 10 00:00:00 -0400

A new report defines the criteria for a new technology assessment function in the United States, emphasizing the need to incorporate citizen-participation methods to complement expert analysis.



Special Report on nanotechnology from AOL News

Fri, 26 Mar 10 00:00:00 -0400

AOL News published a three part series on nanotechnology. “Nanotechnology has long been hyped for its potential to cure diseases, ease energy problems, supercharge our computers and more. But increasing evidence shows that the engineered particles could pose a giant risk to the environment and human life.”



The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) Releases Nanotechnology Report

Fri, 26 Mar 10 00:00:00 -0400

PCAST has released its “Report to the President and Congress on the Third Assessment of the National Nanotechnology Initiative.”



Understanding Public Debate on Nanotechnologies: Options for Framing Public Policy

Wed, 17 Feb 10 00:00:00 -0500

A new publication outlines the nature of the public debate on nanosciences and nanotechnologies.



Organising Collective Responsibility

Wed, 17 Feb 10 00:00:00 -0500

A new paper makes a case for organizing collective responsibility through instruments beyond the regulatory system, such as codes of conduct and various deliberative assessment mechanisms within and outside the policy context.



A call for more transparency and research funding for nanotechnology in the food industry

Thu, 07 Jan 10 00:00:00 -0500

The UK House of Lords Science and Technology Committee today released its first report of session 2009-10 “Nanotechnologies and Food” where they criticized the food industry for “failing to be transparent about its research into the uses of nanotechnologies and nanomaterials.”



Project Director David Rejeski assesses the promises and perils of nanotechnology in The Environmental Forum

Wed, 23 Dec 09 00:00:00 -0500

Pretty much as predicted, the long awaited convergence of nanotechnology and biotechnology has arrived. Can environmental protection, still cleaning up the last Industrial Revolution, avoid the perils while realizing the promises of manufacturing at an atomic scale?



Members of Wisconsin State Assembly Seek Nanotechnology Registry

Thu, 17 Dec 09 00:00:00 -0500

Three members of the Wisconsin State Legislature have requested a Legislative Council study to be conducted on the feasibility of creating a nanotechnology registry and the development of subsequent legislation, to monitor the use, manufacture and disposal of nanomaterials in Wisconsin.



findNano App Puts Nanotech in Your Pocket

Tue, 10 Nov 09 00:00:00 -0500

The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies has developed findNano, an application for Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch that lets users discover and determine whether consumer products are nanotechnology-enabled.



Nanolessons for Revamping Government Oversight of Technology

Tue, 13 Oct 09 00:00:00 -0400

A new article by PEN senior advisor J. Clarence (Terry) Davies calls for radical change in how the federal government oversees nanotechnology and other technologies to best protect human health and the environment.