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2 nanotech blogs recently closed

Howard Lovy’s Nanobot (USA, single author blog) and Blog @ NanoVic (Australia, multi contributor blog) both closed in early June. Find out about the hows/whys in their last posts  : Farewell, NanoBot and Farewell from NanoVic.

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Nano & biocidal silver – Friends Of the Earth report

Friends of the Earth (FoE) released yesterday a report entitled   “Nano & biocidal silver – extreme germ killers present a growing threat to public health” (press release).

In the frame of this document, the NGO calls for “immediate moratorium on the commercial release of products that contain manufactured nanosilver until nanotechnology-specific regulation is introduced to protect the public, workers and the environment from their risks, and until the public is involved in decision-making“.

The report is rather dense with informations and documented with a lot of references. A very interesting part focuses on nanotechnology regulatory issues and discusses the European, Australian and US situations in this matter (pages 26-33 of the report).

International approaches to the regulatory governance of nanotechnology

The Regulatory Governance Initiative (RGI) at Carleton University in Ottawa (Ontario, Canada) published in April a report entitled: “International Approaches to the Regulatory Governance of Nanotechnology“. According to the authors’ abstract :  “This report is an initial exploration into the question: ―How have Canada and other jurisdictions reacted to the recent emergence of nanotechnology-based products in the marketplace (and what is the current state of affairs)?” undertaken from the perspective of regulatory governance. The report is largely based on a literature review (up to March 2009) that has been corroborated with expert interviews. Our focus is on five jurisdictions (US, UK, EU, Australia and Canada) and we describe how the emergence of nanotechnology triggered activities in three domains: (a) public and stakeholder debate, (b) development of initial policy options, and (c) the management of regulatory development in a situation of scarce data. On the basis of these up-to-date descriptions, we have selected a set of six regulatory governance principles and discuss the extent to which best practices are starting to emerge.

Nanotechnology country profiles

Interestingly, the Nano Magazine (already mentionned in this post) provides several recent nanotechnology profiles of countries very involved in this field : Switzerland, France, South Africa, Japan, Australia and the Netherlands.  Probably more to come in the next months !


AccessNano is a nanotechnology educational resource designed to introduce accessible and innovative science and technology into Australian secondary school classrooms. It provides teachers with 13 ready-to-use, versatile, web-based teaching modules, featuring PowerPoint presentations, experiments, activities, animations and links to interactive websites.  The 13 modules are  entitled :

the Space Elevator

Shape Memory Alloy

Scale and Measurement


Performance Materials

Health and Medicine


Personal Care Products

Social Issues



Blog(at)NanoVic proposes us “Australian perspectives on nanotechnology“. It is the blog of NanoTechnology Victoria Limited, a venture between three Victorian universities, whose role is “to pursue commercialisation of nanotechnologies for Australian industry.