Study reveals pros, cons of nanotech-enhanced building materials' use.
A recent article from Sify featured research highlighting the potentially dangerous environmental and health risks of nanomaterials in the construction industry after being disposed of improperly.
Researchers, from Rice University, cited many potential applications that could make nanomaterials most useful in the construction industry. They include fire-resistant materials and the strengthening of steel and concrete. But the researchers also cited that "in some cases, the very properties that make the nanomaterials useful can cause potential problems if the material is not disposed of properly." For example, it could endanger bacteria found to be beneficial to the environment.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey