Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Nanodays at the MOST aims to raise nanoscience awareness

While there were not many people at the MOST today for the NanoDays exhibit, organizer Betty Jones told those who stopped by her information booth why she thinks nanoscience is so important.

Jones describes nanoscience as the study of molecules on the atomic level and says engineers use these nanomaterials to make everything from ink to car bumpers.

Jones says nanoscience technology is expanding much faster than the government is putting regulations on it, which could be hazardous to our health.

"Nano is beginning to enter our ground water streams and our waste water streams and do we know if it's safe or not? No we don't, in fact, we are beginning to get indications that it is not safe," Jones said.

Nanomaterials can also be released into the air, and Jones says they get into the lungs and scar them just like asbestos does.

Jones says she encourages everyone to visit the MOST and learn about nanoscience and write to their local representatives about why they think nanoscience needs to be regulated".

NanoDays runs through Saturday and is free with the cost of museum admission.

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