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Broadening nanotechnology's impact on development

Discussions about nanotechnology and development focus on applications that directly address the needs of the world's poor. Nanotechnology can certainly make an impact in the fight against global poverty, but we need to broaden our imagination.

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Beumer, K. Broadening nanotechnology's impact on development. Nature Nanotech 11, 398–400 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1038/nnano.2016.71

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