Ed. note: every Friday (more or less) Nanotechnology Law Report’s David Fischer will look back at the week’s news and analysis of nano related issues. If you have something you’d like to bring to our attention, email him.
- The Washington Post reports that researchers at Purdue University have found that bacteria are "not to be harmed when the soil they live in becomes contaminated with ‘buckyballs’ — microscopic spheres of carbon that are being manufactured in increasing quantities for a variety of applications."
- Electronics Weekly reports that the "James Watt Nanofabrication Centre at Glasgow University was opened last week with a funding boost for a research project on compound semiconductor III-V Mosfets."
- The Ottawa Citizen reports that the director of the federal government’s new National Institute for Nanotechnology wants Canada to "make a serious effort to examine the safety of nano-products, and consider whether the country needs new laws to govern them" because "unless the issue is carefully studied and explained to the public, the new technology and its economic benefits may suffer from the same kind of public backlash that greeted the arrival of genetically modified foods a decade ago."
- The public radio show "Marketplace" recently had a story Britain’s Council of Science and Technology calling for "a closer look at a growing and lucrative science: nanotechnology." You can read the transcript here or listen to it here.
- Nanopublic has a very interesting and lengthy look at changes in labeling following the EPA’s nanosilver announcement last year.
- Rice University has a Q&A with National Science Foundation senior advisor for nanotechnology – and key architect of the National Nanotechnology Initiative – Mike Roco (via Nanodot).
- Nanodot comments on delays in acquiring nanotechnology patents.
- Nanotechbuzz is looking for a nanotech blogger – and they pay too!