Nanotechnology of tomorrow...or actually today

Nanotech Inventory: The nanotech product inventory

Nanotechnology is certainly a big buzz word in the world of science and technology. Scientists are making efforts to bring us futuristic products like an elevator to space and super cheap solar cells by manipulating materials at the nano scale (almost 100,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair). Some of these futuristic breakthroughs could revolutionize how we live and improve our lives.

Yet, the popular media is also buzzing with nanotechnology safety concerns. Because this technology is so new and unknown we don't know all of the risks involved with building at the scale of atoms.

But whether you see nano-tech products as the promise of the future or a scourge to our health, few people realize that there is an amazing array of products out there right now that use nano-technology.

Don't believe me? Just check out the Nanotechnology Consumer Products Inventory. They have a list of over 200 current products you can buy containing nano-technology including, BEHR paint, Dockers Pants, and my favorite the GreenYarn nano beauty mask.

Nanotechnology holds great promise. Whether its future will be overwhelmingly negative or positive is yet to be decided. But, the future is no longer far off in the distance. Nanotechnology is on the self of our hardware, drug, and convenience stores right now.

So does this make you excited? Worried? Or is it all just hype?

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

wow that was interesting!

posted on Sat, 03/11/2006 - 4:58pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Nanotechnology restores sight to blind rodents.

posted on Wed, 03/15/2006 - 10:25am
Gerry H.'s picture
Gerry H. says:

Informative and well written!! Keep it up!.

posted on Fri, 07/14/2006 - 10:46pm
Dr. Samantha Dozier's picture
Dr. Samantha Dozier says:

In “Nanoparticles and Sunscreen Safety” NewsWireToday of August 3, 2006, Michael Berger brought to light what most regulatory agencies are sweeping under their broad rugs. Berger points out that nano-size particles are now found in innocent-looking tubes of sunscreen that citizens have been dutifully slathering on in order to protect themselves from such hazards as skin cancer. What most of us do not know is that sunscreen often contains nanochemicals. These nano-sized renditions of familiar chemicals like titanium dioxide are not marked as nanomaterials and are therefore being applied by millions, unknowingly. The lack of regulatory structure for the field of nanotechnology is allowing nanomaterials to be packaged in our favorite brands of sunscreen and moisturizers without even a label indicating their presence.

As a society, we need to demand that the regulatory agencies that exist to protect us are doing just that – i.e., retiring antiquated, cruel, and irrelevant animal tests and insuring that chemicals are tested using high-tech, human-relevant methods. As an Ivy League-trained scientist, I err on the side of caution with new formulas and chemicals and know that only those chemicals and formulation s tested in a human-relevant manner will be safe to use. It is critical for scientists in the field of nanotechnology to be held to the highest scientific standards so that only modern, analytical, non-animal toxicity testing methods are used in the most modern field in the world. Animal experimentation should be a relic of the past. In recent years science has progressed to a point where animal testing can and should be replaced by in vitro, analytical, and ethical methods.

Samantha Dozier, Ph.D.
Nanotechnology Research Liaison
Regulatory Testing Division
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

posted on Sun, 08/06/2006 - 8:54am
Matthew B.'s picture
Matthew B. says:

I believe that many of these nano-product in the market perform better than their regular counterparts.

I've used the Eagle 1 wax, and the smaller particles really make a difference. I've also tried many other nano-products namely the Greenyarn socks and X-static products and they work great!

I believe many nano-products are tested and when problems are found, they were quickly took off the shelves. I'm sure living in America, we have so many lawyers willing to help us sue the companies that put out harmful products.

Why put out messages to "scare" people if you are nano-tech researcher?

I am also a nano-technology researcher, and I stand behind the products as the particles go below a certain size, the benefits are greatly enhanced.

posted on Thu, 08/17/2006 - 12:00am
P. Zarth's picture
P. Zarth says:

I am a nanotechnology researcher at MIT and we did some tests on these nanotechnology products and trust me, we do not use animals here.

Nanotechnology brought about faster computer, wrinkle free fabrics and nano-embedded fabrics. Many of these technology prove to be significantly better than their non-nanotechnology counterparts as Nanotechnology is the study to find the threshold how "smaller" particles perform better, and we weigh the costs and benefits.

Even before the governement legislates guidelines and policies, key nanotechnology companies and researchers are already taking responsibility to ensure that nanotech products are produced in environmentally safe ways and that their risks to humans and the environment are minimized both during the production and consumption.

Greenyarn, a Boston based company for instance is a strong supporter of the GreenNano movement. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars holds a GreenNano series that aims to advance development of clean technologies using nanotechnology, to minimize potential environmental and human health risks associated with the manufacture and use of nanotechnology products, and to encourage replacement of existing products with new nano products that are more environmentally friendly throughout their lifecycle.

Greenyarn embeds nano-particles of bamboo charcoal into their yarn and fabrics, and these particles do not wash off. The benefits of odor control, antibacterial and far infrared energy comes from the bamboo and not chemicals.

Many of these companies manufactures safe products that are tested on volunteers and not animals.

Many consumers are now looking for products from companies that are environmentally conscious and socially conscious. Manufacturing sustainable products will not only help the environment, it will also gain much of the consumer's confidence to encourage them to use these new products.

Hence most companies would like to have sustainable products and minimize the environmental effects of manufacturing their products.

posted on Thu, 10/19/2006 - 9:06am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

??????????????????????? i dont get this stuff! ???????????????????????????

posted on Tue, 05/22/2007 - 10:30pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Testing for Nanotechnology [read: synthetically produced particles manipulated in modern production, that are, by definition, smaller than your pores] should have been long term prior to market-approval. People are lathering this on their skin, sleeping between sheets of this fiber, eating this food and wearing nano-embedded socks.

The least we can do is label these things appropriately, until long-term studies have proven them harmless.

posted on Mon, 07/16/2007 - 9:48am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

From my personal knowledge, nano technology is used in bulimia treatment to provide inner help for the body and its reactions to certain kinds of food.

posted on Thu, 07/03/2008 - 7:54am
anjum naz sandhu's picture
anjum naz sandhu says:

Nano technology is the technology of today not of tomorrow. There are many fields and products where the amazing results have been observed. Unfortunately in Pakistan no much interest has been taken and only two or three departments have been working. on the university level on quite a few no of university are even offering subjects to study nano technolgy. It is need of the hour that the hour that a number of universities should offer such subjects to be studdied and researched.

posted on Thu, 11/17/2011 - 2:02am

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