Posted by Vishva News Reporter on February 15, 2003

Prajaapati Vishva Aashram Foundation (PVAF) has a basic mandate to spread knowledge through education to alleviate poverty on this planet earth....and in that mandate PVAF brings on this web site various endeavours by mankind to understand how our Creator bRHmH has designed the creation....this understanding enables mankind to be a sub-creator, that is a pRjaapti, further study Creator bRHmH 's seen and unseen powers and design...

...nanotechnology is a recent science whereby sciences of biology, physics and engineering work at atomic level which is measured by nanometer meaning one billionth of a meter, which is 1 millionth of a millimeter....This is just great...but at this level when a human being starts being a pRjaapti...but does not have a knowledge of veD which defines DHARm of a pRjaapti....meaning his rights, duties, obligation of not interfering with or hurting his fellow creations or their work or their domains....current mankind calls this arts and science of ethics....of which mankind has very little knowledge....currently veD is the only source where ethics can be learned in the form of DHARm....

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...but the ethical dilemma of nanotechnology is creating concerns the same way Einstein objected the development of atomic bomb which was through the evolving science of nanotechnology in 1940's called quantum physics....please read more about this ethics dilemma of nanotechnology in the article from CBC NEWS WEB SITE by clicking on the highlite or by clicking on the next line.... 


Research ethics of nanotechnology: Canadian scientists
Last Updated Fri, 14 Feb 2003 14:12:30

ST. JOHN'S, NFLD. - Scientists say the applications of nanotechnology include tiny machines that could travel throughout the body, destroying viruses or cancer cells. But Canadian bioethicists are calling for more research into the implications of the new field, before opponents derail it.

Nanotechnology combines biology, physics and engineering to manipulate atoms and molecules on a microscopic scale. Engineers work in the scale of a nanometre one billionth of a metre.



A computer model of a channel built with carbon nanotubes, less than 100 atoms in diameter


The field is relatively early in its development. Some of the work seems hard to believe:

  • special materials many times stronger than steel for use in medical and other applications
  • a biomolecular motor developed at Cornell has tiny propellers of nickel fuelled by an energy enzyme

Peter Singer is a physician and director of the University of Toronto's Joint Centre for Bioethics. He calls nanotechnology the third huge scientific wave of the last half century, following information technology and genomics.


Last year alone, the U.S. government spent $2 billion on research and development of nanotechnology. But Singer said very little of that was spent on reflecting on how society wants the field to progress, if at all.

"While the science is barrelling forward, the ethics is really flatlining," said Singer. "That puts these two on a collision course, and risks the sort of showdown we saw in genetically modified crops."

Open debate should tackle thorny issues

In a paper published in the Feb. 17 issue of British scientific journal Nanotechnology, Singer calls for governments to spend more on the thorny issues, including:

  • how nanotech might be used to create or gather secret information
  • the medical ethics of incorporating nanomachines into human beings
  • the effect new nanomaterials might have on the environment

Singer said he wants the research to be done to prevent the field from being derailed by those with public concerns. Some fear nanotech will bring corporate control of living systems, and global experiments gone awry.

"Here's an industry which is growing extremely rapidly, which is enormous in its impact on society, on employment, on safety, on health and the environment good or bad that's going undiscussed," said Pat Mooney, executive director of the Winnipeg-based citizens group ETC.

What's safe?

Mooney said nanomaterials have already been added to consumer products such as clear sunscreens and tennis racquets, without what he considers public scrutiny.

ETC has called for a moratorium on nanotech research and development until governments establish rules about its application.



"To allow this research to continue and people be exposed to the materials without any kind of agreement on what's safe and what isn't, is simply silly," said Mooney.

Both sides say they want a reasoned, open debate fostered by greater academic research and spending on ethics.


Written by CBC News Online staff

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