Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology refers to the manipulation of matter on the scale of the nanometer (one billionth of a meter). Nanoscale science operates in the realm of single atoms and molecules. At present, commercial nanotechnology involves materials science (i.e. researchers have been able to make materials that are stronger and more durable by taking advantage of property changes that occur when substances are reduced to nanoscale dimensions). As nanoscale molecular self-assembly becomes a commercial reality, nanotech will move into conventional manufacturing and it is already changing healthcare, food and drug production. Nanotechnology involves profound social , military and environmental risks, with new nanomaterials potentially threatening raw material economies of the south and posing new health risks to workers and the public at large.

News and Reports about Nanotechnology

The Case for Technology Assessment 2 Jul 2012
The Case for Technology Assessment 2 Jul 2012
The Case for Technology Assessment 2 Jul 2012
The Case for Technology Assessment 27 Nov 2011
Tackling Technology: Three Proposals for Rio 31 Oct 2011
The Big Downturn presented in WSF 9 Feb 2011
Report on Nanotechology 15 Dec 2010
ETC Group-Pambazuka Special Issue 20 Oct 2010