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The Scoop on Nano Safety

12:34 PM MDT | August 20, 2007 | Michelle Bryner

From lipsticks that promise pouty lips to composites that boast tensile strength 100 times that of steel and at a fraction of the weight, nanomaterials are being used in a greater number of applications. Still, policy makers, chemical producers, and consumer advocacy groups remain at odds over the health and safety of these tiny materials. Nanomaterials are at present regulated based on their chemical makeup, though this may change if the health and safety debate is ever settled. “Nanotechnology is turning our world upside down. … It also is shaking...

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