Bitterly Short and Filthy Advice on Keeping Nanotech Clean

This monthâ''s editon of IEEEâ''s Spectrum has a piece entitled â''Nanoparticles without Macroproblemsâ'' and subtitled â''Quick and dirty advice for keeping nanotech cleanâ''.

It gives a fairly thorough catalogue of some of the alarming research in nanoparticle toxicology that has come to light in the last few years, especially from the family Oberdörster.

I am not sure about the advice though. I would guess that it recommends we should be doing more research, looking to establish guidelines, and seeing if the electronics industry can sort it outâ''theyâ''re apparently good at this sort of thing.

My advice goes beyond just being quick and dirty: itâ''s bitterly short and filthy.

Instead of focusing on the toxicity of nano-sized particles (weâ''ve certainly had these little fiends around since we first harnessed fire), letâ''s focus on the toxicity of the products in which these nanoparticles are incorporated into the material matrix.

Short enough? Well, it's free advice, what do you expect?

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