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Fluorescent Tadpoles May Detect Chemical Toxicity
A France-based company called WatchFrog is using fluorescent tadpoles to detect toxic chemicals in water effluent. Scientific American reports on the science behind WatchFrog and discusses how EPA is testing the technology to see if it can assess how chemicals interact with the thyroid system. If the testing works, EPA could use WatchFrog to screen chemicals for potential thyroid disruption. EPA has also helped develop the "FrogBox," which will allow WatchFrog to monitor stream pollution continuously.

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UCLA Center, Funded by EPA and NSF, Wins Prestigious Award
The University of California Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (UC CEIN) has won the prestigious Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, the highest environmental award in the state of California. UC CEIN, which is funded by EPA and the National Science Foundation, conducts research on how to responsibly use and develop nanotechnology (see Nanomaterials: Harnessing the Potential, Understanding the Risks).

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EPA and the CPSC Team Up to Research Nanomaterials
EPA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are collaborating to research the potential impacts of nanomaterials (extremely small particles) on human health and the environment. Read more about EPA's nanomaterials research.

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Increasing the Efficiency of Chemical Toxicity Tests
An efficient way to find out if a chemical could harm an unborn child is by running the mouse embryonic stem cell test (EST). The Scientist interviewed EST experts about the best ways to use the test and about EST variations. One expert, EPA researcher, Sidney Hunter, tells The Scientist how EPA is developing easier ways to culture the cells, making the test even faster and cheaper to run.

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