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Berkeley aims to clamp down on nanotech

I’ve sort of had it in the back of my mind that the whole nanotechnology movement has been getting out of hand lately, but I haven’t been losing any sleep over it. Someone has though.

Seems the City Council of Berkeley is weighing in on the subject, looking to regulate the environmental effects of such infinitesimal experimentations. They want to put rules in place to make sure that the labs of the future tech aren’t poisoning our present planet with the spoils of their research.

The only nano research known to be done anywhere near Berkeley is at Lawrence Berkeley Lab, and that’s a part of the Department of Energy. No way can the local government leaders hold sway over a federal agency. Besides, what’s a little nano-juiced hazardous waste between friends, right? It’s all in the name of good science.

The fact of the matter is that the science is just too new and that we just don’t know what kind of damage it might be doing. It’s not like people are dying in the neighborhoods surrounding the labs.

Well, the Berkeley City Council doesn’t see it that way, which is why they’re going public with their campaign to clamp down on whatever they can get their hands on. That’s not much at this point, although it might succeed in having a chilling effect on new research at Cal-Tech. Maybe they’re just sounding the alarm?



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