The Victorian branch of the Australian Education Union (AEU) has unanimously passed a resolution supporting calls for regulating nanoparticles and recommending that workplaces use only nano-free sunscreens.
Is the new wave of science communication – web-based, renegade and prolific – going to democratise science or not?
Are social media simply the latest frontier for public engagement?
Nanotechnology is often promoted as a means to end hunger, dramatically reduce disease, or even to overcome poverty – in short, as a boon for the world’s poorest people. However, in a new book chapter, we observe that to date nanotechnology development reflects the financial, political and military priorities of the companies and governments driving it. We suggest that rather than overcoming inequity, nanotechnology could make existing inequalities worse.