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    The absence of nanotechnology-specific insurance policies could be detrimental to the development of the nanotechnology industry. Better communication between insurers and scientists is an essential step to provide a regulatory framework protecting both producers and consumers.

    • Finbarr Murphy
    • , Martin Mullins
    • , Karena Hester
    • , Allen Gelwick
    • , Janeck J. Scott-Fordsmand
    •  & Trevor Maynard
    Nature Nanotechnology 12, 717–719
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    The time has come to implement a regulatory framework tailored to manufactured materials. I propose a new legislative framework that combines registration, evaluation, authorization and categorization of nanomaterials.

    • Steffen Foss Hansen
    Nature Nanotechnology 12, 714–716
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    Chris Toumey illustrates how different groups of people involved with nanotechnology have different views on the history of the field and feel differently about its importance.

    • Chris Toumey
    Nature Nanotechnology 12, 611–612
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    Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are involved in policy discussions surrounding the societal implications of emerging technologies. But what practices and strategies undertaken by these organizations are most influential in anticipating the longer-term societal implications of nanotechnology?

    • Evan S. Michelson
    Nature Nanotechnology 12, 397–400
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Verena Schulze Greiving and Kornelia Konrad describe a toolbox that they developed to support researchers in exploring the societal implications and prerequisites of their work.

    • Verena Schulze Greiving
    •  & Kornelia Konrad