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Nanotechnology in food reports – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on June 2nd, 2016.

Nanomaterials currently used in food additives and packaging do not appear to pose a health risk but we will need to keep an eye on newer materials in the pipeline, reports Trans-tasman food regulator. FSANZ (Food Standards Australia New Zealand) has released two reports reviewing the evidence for the safety of nanotechnologies in food packaging and […]

Nanotech risks require regulation

John Kerr posted in on October 12th, 2011.

A new opinion article in Cosmos magazine examines nanotechnology regulation – an issue which was the focus of a recent NZ government report. Nanotechnology is becoming more and more prevalent in our daily lives, but are there risks being overlooked? In the latest issue of Cosmos Magazine, the problems posed by this emerging technology are […]

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Is NZ’s regulation of nanomaterials adequate?

Peter Griffin posted in on September 6th, 2011.

Increasing use of nanotechnology in consumer products has sparked interest in whether the potential risks arising from the technology are correctly regulated. A report on nanotechnology regulation has just been released by the Ministry of Science and Innovation. The report was spurred by the Royal Society of New Zealand, which gathered scientists, regulators and other […]

Newsletter digest: Earth Observing, Nanotech and Job opening at SMC

Dacia Herbulock posted in on February 14th, 2011.

We’re hiring! One of our media advisors has been snapped up by the science sector which means the SMC is looking for new talent. If you are obsessed with science, news savvy, great with words and interested in how science is communicated, you could well be the perfect person to join our small Wellington-based team. […]

PODCAST: Nanotech conference highlights

Dacia Herbulock posted in on February 8th, 2011.

UPDATED: See below for new audio The Fifth International Conference on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (AMN-5) opens this week in Wellington. Organised every two years by the MacDiarmid Institute, the conference attracts scientists from over 50 countries to discuss the latest developments in materials science and nanotech. Speakers include Nobel Laureate Professor Sir Anthony Leggett, […]

Media coverage: Paul Callaghan awarded New Zealander of the Year

Peter Griffin posted in on February 3rd, 2011.

Professor Sir Paul Callaghan, one of New Zealand’s top experts in nanotechnology and magnetic resonance imaging, has been named Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year for 2011. The award recognises Callaghan’s commitment to science, its communication, and connecting it with technology and business. Media coverage: Dom Post: Scientist and man of vision NZer of the […]

Stuff: There’s gold, pure gold, in this wool

Peter Griffin posted in on January 19th, 2011.

Kiran Chug writes about the work of Victoria University chemists who have developed a means of bonding gold nanoparticles to merino wool. The size and shape of the nanoparticles determines the wool’s colour, and the textile will be marketed as a luxury brand. An excerpt: (read in full here) “Only tiny nanoparticles of gold are […]

PODCAST: Mind your nanos – Dr Nigel Larsen

Peter Griffin posted in on September 15th, 2010.

Dr Nigel Larsen, Science Group Leader with Plant and Food R esearch, discusses what the future holds for nanotechnology and food safety. Nigel heads his group’s work on developing innovative ingredients, processes and products from research into food and bioresources chemistry, bio-extracts and biomaterials engineering. Prior to joining Plant and Food research he was a […]

The Press: The nanotech revolution in NZ

Peter Griffin posted in on September 1st, 2010.

Glenda Lewis of The Press writes about an upcoming talk by visiting scientist and nanotech pioneer Dr Don Eigler, who will be giving a talk on the subject, including a possible demonstration of his powers with atoms, and what he sees coming in the future. An excerpt: (read in full here) “The most exciting thing […]

The Press: Nanotechnology focus of festival

Peter Griffin posted in on August 2nd, 2010.

Paul Gorman writes in The Press about the month-long festival – dedicated to all things nanotechnological – which is about to begin in Christchurch. The festival will feature work by artists, scientists and a playwright, as well as various public lectures and interviews. An excerpt: (read in full here) “Canterbury University physicist and nanotechnologist Associate […]

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