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  •  Nanoparticles are human-engineered (6+ / 0-)

    very small particles.  They are new.  Releasing them into the environment would (I probably should say "will eventually") be a gigantic experiment.  It will not be possible to put that toothpaste back in the tube.  It's not so complex to imagine the possible dangers of these particles:  they are not visible, they will be easy to inhale, they will affect bodies at the cellular level such as protein or immune cell actions.  Many are carbon-based, just like life.  Imagine a designer non-organic molecule coming into your body either through lungs or digestion.  

    Nanoparticles in the environment is a giant unknown--a very scary one.  There will be no clean-up of those, just a scramble for solutions once we find out their effects on various forms of life.

    If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom. -Eisenhower

    by geomoo on Sat May 29, 2010 at 10:40:19 PM PDT

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    •  Lots of nanos are already out there (0+ / 0-)

      They are not new.  They are already in a wide range of things, from facial skin treatments to clothing.  Nanotechnology has been around for a while.

      This is not to say that this nano-based dispersant should be released into the ocean.  I strongly believe that BP injecting dispersants directly into the oil gusher, way below surface level, has been an unmitigated disaster, and I don't see why I should feel any differently about this proposed dispersant.  No dispersant should have been injected below the water!

      But the toothpaste is already out of the bottle insofar as nanotechnology is concerned.  And really, it's like any other technology, neutral in itself, able to be used for good or ill.

    •  These guys are Meth chemists on steroids! n/t (0+ / 0-)

      "The first step towards madness is to think oneself wise." ~Fernando de Rojas

      by Annalize5 on Sun May 30, 2010 at 12:19:43 PM PDT

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