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International Council on Nanotechnology and Rice University Launche Environmental Health and Safety Nano Database

.: ICON, the International Council on Nanotechnology, and Rice University's Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology (CBEN) have released the first online database of findings related to the benefits and risks of nanotechnology. The database doesn't appear to have a name other than Research Summaries, with the following focus on content:

Citation information and summaries of peer-reviewed papers on environmental health and safety research on incidental and engineered nanoparticles are collected here. Site registration or payment may be required to access the full content of these articles.
. Users may browse by author or year, and an Advanced Search page allows for limiting a search by three categories: paper type, production method, and particle type.

From the news release:

This environmental health and safety (EHS) database marks the first effort to integrate the vast and diverse scientific literature on the impacts of nanoparticles, which are tiny pieces of matter with dimensions measuring between 1 and 100 nanometers and containing between tens and thousands of atoms. (One nanometer is one-billionth of a meter or approximately 60,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair.) The database is the result of the collected efforts of Rice researchers, the chemical industry and the U.S. Department of Energy. This database will be updated and enhanced over the next year.


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