Tiny particles of silver designed to kill germs are being put into socks to control odor. But as this ScienCentral News video explains, what happens to that nanosilver later is concerning some scientists.
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UK Receives Largest EPA Grant for Nanotechnology
August 20, 2008 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the largest single EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grant for the study of nanotechnology to the University of Kentucky. The $2 million grant will be used to investigate how the sizes and shapes of nanoparticles affect their ability to enter the brain.
July 24, 2008 - Some are calling it a revolution in manufacturing technology. But, will nanotechnology be a "green" industry? Its a question that some scientists are saying needs to be answered now, before nano-tech goes big-time. This ScienCentral News video has more.
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Nanotechnology: Small parts, big deal
June 22, 2007 - Nanotechnology research at Oregon State University just got a big boost. The US Environmental Protection Agency awarded the school two grants, totaling $600,000.
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Cleaning up after big hurricanes means more than picking up debris and putting roofs back. Very often pollutants like chemicals or sewage have spilt into air or water. As this ScienCentral News video reports, one nanotechnologist says he's made tiny detectors he calls "smart dust" that could signal chemical or biological danger.
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STAR Grantee Interviewed by the ABC Affiliate News Service
October 2, 2003 - Mike Sailor, a STAR nanotechnology grantee from the University of California, San Diego, has developed minute grains of silicon that spontaneously assemble, orient and sense their local environment, a first step toward the development of robots the size of sand grains that could be used in medicine, bioterrorism surveillance and pollution monitoring.
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Small Technology, Big Questions
Living on Earth's new series on nanotechnology explores the big questions about some tiny materials. Manipulating matter at the molecular level opens amazing opportunities for new medicines and materials.
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