Is technology detrimental

Risks of New Technologies

Clear summaries of scientific reports on the topic

We are increasingly finding products based on new technologies in our shopping baskets. How do they differ from conventional and traditional products? Do they pose a potential risk to our health or the environment?

How do genetically modified crops differ from conventional crops?

What do we know about the possible risks to human health or the environment? More...

Latest update: March 6, 2018

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Conventional incandescent lamps are increasingly being replaced by energy-saving lamps, mostly compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Fluorescent tubes have been used for ceiling lighting for many years without ever causing problems. Nonetheless, certain associations of “photosensitive” citizens have expressed concerns about compact fluorescent lamps.

Do these energy-saving lamps make symptoms worse for patients with certain illnesses? More...

Latest update: May 29, 2009

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New energy-saving lighting technologies are used more and more.

Can these new artificial light sources harm the health of the general population or light-sensitive people? More...

Latest update: February 18, 2013

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However, new scientific methods need to be developed because current methods for testing nanomaterials may not be suitable. More...

Latest update: November 27, 2016

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The commercial use of nanomaterials is quite new and while they may have promising and beneficial uses, questions about their safety also arise. Is nano-silica in cosmetic products dangerous? More...

Latest update: August 1, 2015

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With increasing concerns about terrorist attacks on airplanes, new full-body scanners have been developed to better screen passengers in airports.

Some of these body scanners use X-rays. Is it safe to use for passengers or flight personnel? More...

Latest update: February 18, 2013

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The rapid development of nanotechnology has promoted a new generation of products and processes. There is unbelievable growth potential here for numerous industrial sectors. More...

Latest update: March 15, 2018

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Nanotechnologies represent a rapidly growing market; they are already used in a variety of technologies and consumer products. However, materials containing nanoparticles can pose risks to human health and the environment.

Are the existing methods suitable for assessing the risks? More...

Latest update: August 15, 2007

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Does the mercury contained pose a risk to consumers?

Are compact fluorescent lamps beneficial to the environment in terms of mercury emissions compared to other lamps? More...

Latest update: July 7th 2011

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In order to improve security in airports in view of concerns about terrorist threats, novel full-body scanners have been developed to complement the existing metal detectors and manual controls.

How safe are such X-ray scanners for passengers, especially frequent flyers? More...

Latest update: September 30, 2013

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What are the Risks of Synthetic Biology? More...

Latest update: August 15, 2015

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In the past few years, sales of music equipment have skyrocketed and a steadily growing proportion of the population, especially young people, is exposed to very loud music.

According to current scientific knowledge, can the use of portable music devices damage our hearing? More...

Latest update: October 13, 2008

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Publications in other languages

Must we be cautious when using artificial light? More ...

Latest update: September 30, 2013

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Is the AquAdvantage transgenic salmon safe for human consumption and for the environment? More ...

Latest update: 23 November 2015

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Electronic cigarettes are growing more and more popular. What is their effect on health?

Can they have an impact on tobacco control? More ...

Latest update: April 29, 2015

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