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France publishes Answers to Questions about its Nano Reporting Scheme
France has released a document containing questions and answers about its upcoming reporting initiative for nanomaterials. The report details practical elements of its implementation, who it does and does not apply to, an elaboration of some definitions, particulars of what needs to be declared, and what information will be publicly available
Iranian Nanotechnology Body signs MoU to aid Development of Country’s Carpet Industry
The Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council (INIC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the country’s National Carpet Center, entitled Applications of Nanotechnology Achievements in Iranian Handmade Carpet Industry and Art
Nanotechnology part of the Future of US Research Enterprise, say US Presidential Advisors
The US PCAST has called nanotechnology research one of the 'practical benefits from fundamental research'. The comments are contained within the document, Report to the President - Transformation and Opportunity: The Future of the US Research Enterprise
''Nanotechnologies should be taken into account when underwriting now'', advises Insurance Company
A report by an insurance company has stated that 'it is essential to initiate a process that systematically deals with these [nano]technologies and their potential risks from an insurance perspective'. Whilst the goal of the insurance industry should be to 'support highly profitable nanotechnologies', there would be 'significant consequences' for...
Muslim Countries urged to develop their Nano Capabilities
The Secretary-general of the Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council (INIC) has implored 'Muslim countries...[to] put aside their differences and unite in developing nanotechnology'. Not doing so, he warned, would result in them losing 'out to those which are capable' and fall onto the wrong side of what he called a 'nano divide'
Slides now Available from US-Canada RCC Nanotechnology Webinar
Slides from the recently held Canada-US RCC webinar on a Nanotechnology Work Plan are now available. The council 'requested that industry provide more information on the commercial distribution of nanomaterials'. It also detailed the specifics of the work plan, outlining a timeline for both the work and future nanotechnology events by the RCC
European Nanoelectronics Bodies outline Proposal for EUR 100 billion Investment by 2020
AENEAS and CATRENE have published a positioning paper, entitled Innovation for the Future of Europe: Nanoelectronics beyond 2020. In it they describe 'a proposal by companies and institutes within Europe's nanoelectronics ecosystem to invest EUR 100 billion up to the year 2020 on an ambitious research and innovation programme, planned and...
UK TSB will invest in Nano over next three Years
The UK TSB has stated that it will 'invest in...nanotechnology-enabled materials and functionality'. This was revealed in the TSB's Enabling Technologies Strategy document, which outlines how the body will invest money in the 2012-2015 period so as to 'support innovation'
Presentations from CalNIN Workshop on Nanotech Commercialisation now available
The California Nanotechnology Industry Network (CalNIN) recently held a workshop, entitled 'Challenges and Opportunities for Businesses Engaged in Nanotechnology'. It 'brought together experts and critical thinkers within the industry'. Presentations from it are now available.
European Union urged to provide greater Support to Nanoscale Electronics
Attendees invited to a roundtable discussion on nanoelectronics have issued a call for the EU to "increase leverage in public and private investment" in the sector. Delegates to the event, co-organised by the ENIAC Joint Undertaking (ENIAC JU), stressed that Europe would fall behind on these "strategic technologies" unless something substantial...
Brazilian Government Authorities discuss Nanotechnology and Health
Members of several Brazilian government departments recently debated the issues surrounding nanotechnology and health surveillance. The meeting was held by the country's National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) and was attended by delegates from other ministries
Iranian INIC publishes its Statnano Database
The Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council (INIC) has published its 'Statnano Database' online. It is a comparison of the global ranking of countries in the field of nanotechnology, based on the number of patents published between 2009 and 2011
International Sanctions having little Effect on Development of Nano in Iran, states Official
A senior official representing the INIC has stated that "sanctions have failed to disturb the development of nanotechnology in the country". He also commented that 'growth of the new science is guaranteed' in Iran due to the presence of a large number of experts in the field
NIA DG impressed by Achievements of Iranian Nanotechnologists
The Director General of NIA, Steffi Friedrichs, recently commented that she had been "positively surprised" with the state of Iran's nanotechnology industry. The Director General had been invited to participate at the recent Iran Nano Commercialization Forum as a 'senior expert'
NIA welcomes 2nd Regulatory Review of Nanomaterials
'The Communication from the European Commission provides an accurate and relevant description of the current status', comments Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director General of the NIA, in an interview with Chemical Watch on the publication of the EC's 2nd Regulatory Review of Nanomaterials
First Label for Nanomaterial Product awarded in Thailand
A label signifying the quality and authenticity of nano-based products in Thailand has been bestowed for the first time. Developed for the internal market, the NanoQ label is used in the paint, ceramics, textile, and household plastics industries
EC Revision proposes Nano labelling for medical Devices
The EC has revised two regulations under its medical devices directive. One of the amendments states that, 'where applicable, an indication that the device incorporates or consists of nanomaterial' should be shown on the product's label. Furthermore all such devices are categorised as class III chemicals, so as to indicate a high level of concern
Iran increasing its engagement with Nanotechnologies
Nanotechnology is becoming increasingly more important and widespread in Iran. Recent reports indicate that 'different Iranian industries...are making increasing use of nanotechnology in their products' and that over 200 nanotechnology-related companies are running in the country
APEC sees Nanotechnology as key to sustainable Energy Policies
Leaders attending the APEC forum have expressed their support for the development of nanotechnologies. The ministers feel that the emerging technology will 'increase energy efficiency' and thereby address related challenges within their regions
Young Americans more sceptical about Nanotechnology, Poll shows
The results of a survey on the attitudes of the American public toward nanotechnology has been published. It shows that, in general, older age groups who 'have heard at least a little about' the technology are more receptive to the idea that the benefits of it are equal to, or greater than, the potential risks. Furthermore younger age groups are...