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Inspired by: academic journals » Nanoparticles have a potential to contribute to air pollution

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Originally submitted by: Rafael Popper
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Source of inspiration

Academic/scientific journals (e.g. Research Policy, Nature)

The source of the Weak Signal is

Fadeel, B. et al. (2007), "There's plenty of room at the forum: Potential risks and safety assessment of engineered nanomaterials", Nanotoxicology, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.73 – 84 http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all?content=10.1080/17435390701565578

Signal's headline

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Nanoparticles have a potential to contribute to air pollution

Signal's description

(approx. 150 words)
Please describe the Weak Signal (approx. 150 words)
Recent research suggests that systemic access of ultrafine insoluble particles may induce adverse reactions in the cardiovascular system, and other organs.


air pollution, nanoparticles, health, nanotechnology,

Signal's first apperance


Signal's potential evolution

It could lead to...
issue type of issue/development potential impact on society timeframe for the issue to become at least 50% probable
#1 Mass death in major European city due to nano-related air pollution new/emerging
very harmful


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Level 3: important for the European Union
Level 4: important for the whole world

Filters preventing the signal's monitoring

information/communicational filters (media/editorial interests, language, reasoning)
economic filters (business/market interests)

Signal's relevance for European Grand Challenges

where? please justify:
particularly relevant Europe world
Ethics and abuse of S&T
Techno-security, hazard & risk

Signal's relevance for thematic research areas

please justify:
particularly relevant
Nanosciences, nanotech, materials & new prod. tech.

Pan-European strategies influencing the signal

please justify:
particularly relevant
Developing and funding world-class research infrastructures
Fostering and facilitating coherent international cooperation in science and technology

Research-friendly strategies potentially improving understanding of the signal

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please justify:
particularly relevant
Overcoming sub-criticality and systemic failures
To be subcritical means that the effort in a particular field or subfield lacks resources, equipment or a sufficient number of researchers to achieve a desired goal