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[ComputerWorld] Researchers: Feds must fund study of nanotube cancer risks

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Researchers and analysts are calling on the federal government to fund a study of the potential health risks of carbon nanotubes -- the building blocks of nanotechnology.

A study out of the University of Edinburgh that was released this week showed that some forms of nanotubes can cause cancer, much like asbestos does. The study shows that long, thin multiwalled carbon nanotubes, which look like asbestos fibers, actually behave like asbestos and can cause cancer of the lung lining.
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Yup... and nanotubes can stay in your body.... and I believe they can pierce the blood-brain barrier.
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Yup... and nanotubes can stay in your body.... and I believe they can pierce the blood-brain barrier.
Creepy!
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Yup... and nanotubes can stay in your body.... and I believe they can pierce the blood-brain barrier.
"Yea they can piece the blood-brain barrier, but they have to be going 88MPH to do it."

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"Yea they can piece the blood-brain barrier, but they have to be going 88MPH to do it."

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Seems like EVERYTHING nowadays causes cancer. I bet there are worse things than nanotubes in our lungs out there.
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Warning: Carbon nanotubes are known to cause cancer, AIDS, HIV, LSD, ICQ, and batman (to kick you in the lower parts a few times before leaving). Use at your own risk!

Seriously though, it'll be interesting to see what sick and disgusting thing the liber--- le--- ecoterr--- Not Nice People will 'find' them to cause. I'm thinking at least cancer if nothing else (what DOESN'T cause cancer, though, now-a-days?).
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Warning: Carbon nanotubes are known to cause cancer, AIDS, HIV, LSD, ICQ, and batman (to kick you in the lower parts a few times before leaving). Use at your own risk!

Seriously though, it'll be interesting to see what sick and disgusting thing the liber--- le--- ecoterr--- Not Nice People will 'find' them to cause. I'm thinking at least cancer if nothing else (what DOESN'T cause cancer, though, now-a-days?).
Typical uninformed and cynical layperson with delusions of 'knowing better' than the real experts.
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It would be sweet if you could somehow inhale your nice <10nm Intel multi-teraflops processor and somehow have the nanotubes rush to your brain and form some kind of artificial neural computer. Imagine being able to mentally calculate PI to 1M decimal places in like 2 seconds...


Meanwhile back in reality...

I'm not worried about this, since even if it behaves exactly like asbestos were talking about like a 1cm^2 area here instead of say a 10m^2 ceiling. One of the buildings at my university actually has little signs running along the ceiling saying that it contains asbestos (and to not disturb it ) and nobody has ever gotten lung cancer from being in the building.
    
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I'm not worried about this, since even if it behaves exactly like asbestos were talking about like a 1cm^2 area here instead of say a 10m^2 ceiling. One of the buildings at my university actually has little signs running along the ceiling saying that it contains asbestos (and to not disturb it ) and nobody has ever gotten lung cancer from being in the building.
Well then, I guess asbestos is perfectly safe. Thank you for dispelling that myth
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