The Lessons of Triangle Shirtwaist Fire May Be Lost 100 Years Later

Screams of “Don’t jump!” echoed through the canyons of tall buildings. More than 50 bodies littered the streets surrounding 23 Washington Place, so many that New York City’s fire trucks were unable to get close enough to raise their ladders. … Continue reading

EPA finds the courage to stop corporations from hiding safety data. It could help determine what’s in a nano-dispersant they want to use in the Gulf

EPA must be gulping down its energy drinks in large quantities, because after years of allowing corporations to withhold vital safety information, it screamed “stop” yesterday. In the Federal Register, the agency said that it will no longer permit the … Continue reading

Needle-haters rejoice and developing nations may get a better shot at scarce vaccines.

A vaccine delivered by a nanopatch works as well as one delivered with a needle and syringe, but is pain free and uses 100 times less medication, according to researchers from the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology. “Because the … Continue reading

Much ado about something nano-sized

The White House patted itself on the back and said that the federal government’s nanotechnology operation was doing a “commendable” job. These words did not come from President Obama, but rather were the conclusion of the President’s Council of Advisors … Continue reading

Feds question safety of nanosilver used in odor-eating clothing favored by astronauts, hikers and babies

They are bacteria-killers, more and more common in products we use every day and at least a million of them will fit on the head of a pin. But are silver nanoparticles safe? Little is known about the health effects … Continue reading

Can EPA and the White House buck industry pressure to prevent regulation of nanotechnology?

Many public health activists cheered this week’s announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency that it plans to actually move ahead with research to better understand how manufactured nanomaterials may harm human health and the environment.

Nanotech may improve the world but how safe will the human race be?

Touted as our next Industrial Revolution, the use of nano particles continues to sweep across the global business world like the high tech tsunami it is. Inventions and new applications fly off laboratory benches and out of clean rooms faster … Continue reading

Water, water, everywhere. Clean or poisoned?

Home much liquid did you consume today?  Was it clean?  Will you become ill, spawn a deformed child, get cancer, die a lingering death? In an attempt to head off some of the pithy comments accusing me of being a … Continue reading