The Science and Safety of Nanotechnology

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    You don’t have to look far to find nanotechnology at work around you. Nanoparticles – miniscule particles that can measure 1/100,000th the width of a human hair — are in computer components, stink-resistant socks, wrinkle-free pants, toothpaste, and sunscreen. In medicine, nanoparticles are hunting down and attacking cancer tumors. They are being used to purify wastewater and harness the sun’s energy. But some people are questioning the safety of nanotechnology. This hour, a conversation about the science and safety of nanotechnology with ANDREW MAYNARD, the Chief Science Advisor of the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies at The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
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