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B. An Air Pollution Center to Look into Nanomaterials

Narrator: This is Science Today. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the University of California , Davis a grant to establish the San Joaquin Valley Aerosol Health Effects Center , one of five new air pollution research centers. Kent Pinkerton, co-director of the center, says researchers from multiple disciplines will collaborate to study how indoor and outdoor pollutants affect human health including nanomaterials.

Pinkerton: Nanomaterials are things like carbon nanotubes or nanowires, which are going to have important applications in the computer field in the future. The application of nanomaterials is tremendous it will be used in thousands of different products in the future. It's still just a very young, emerging area, but actually there has been a tremendous amount of public interest in it because of just our past experience knowing that tiny particles tend to have big effects.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.