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NIOSH updates on nanotechnology risk research

Recent accomplishments by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) highlight the agency's leadership in collaborative research to determine if workers are at risk of job-related illness or injury in the production and industrial use of nanomaterials. The accomplishments include two new peer-reviewed papers, two new international partnerships, and a professional award.

Posted: Oct 3rd, 2008

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Unusual carbon compound has two extra bonds

Carbon atoms are the building blocks for millions of organic molecules, yet this variety is built on the simple rule that carbon almost always shares a total of four chemical bonds with its neighbors. Now, an international team of chemists has mapped a highly unusual compound containing a carbon atom that hooks up to six atoms at once.

Posted: Oct 3rd, 2008

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New book explores nanotechnology and its potential health and environmental risks

The book includes a general explanation of the properties, manufacture and uses of nanomaterials to provide the basis for assessing and understanding their life cycle. It also explores the possible risks that nanomaterials pose to human health and the environment, describes developing regulations around the world to manage those risks, and presents a framework for evaluating the balance between risk and reward as nanomaterials are manufactured, used and released to the environment.

Posted: Oct 2nd, 2008

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Google unveils Clean Energy 2030 plan

Today Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google, has unveiled a $4.4 trillion plan dubbed 'Clean Power by 2030' that, according to its creators, has the potential to significantly decrease the U.S. dependency on oil and fossil fuels while allowing for an estimated $1 trillion in profits before the program comes to an end in 2030.

Posted: Oct 2nd, 2008

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