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Media's "Free Pass" for Nanoscience

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The National Science Foundation predicts in the next decade, nanotechnology (science at the molecular level) will create products worth a trillion dollars worldwide. Nanoscience has been charged with creating everything from new hand creams to ever-smaller computer chips to a way to bring the dead back to life. A professor at Clarkson University, where nanotech research is a high priority, says the mainstream media has played fast and loose with nanoscience. Brent Faber is a communications professor. He and his students studied 300 articles about nanotechnology in newspapers and broadcasts from 1986 to 2000. Faber told David Sommerstein the reports were overwhelmingly positive, based largely on speculation, with scant reference to data or research methods. Faber's study was published in the online journal, Nanotechnology Law & Business.

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