Nanoparticle Gym Socks Poison WildlifeMichael Reilly4/07/08 12:36pmFiled to: NanotechnanoparticleScience18EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalink Your socks are creating an insidious form of nanotech pollution. Sure, nanotechnology holds great promise for everything from treating cancer to making cloaking devices a reality. But critics have argued for a while it poses huge risks to the environment, and now engineers from Arizona State University are reporting that silver nanoparticles are almost certainly finding their way into local waterways courtesy of our washing machines. The source? Socks impregnated with the silver bits, which are known for their anti-microbial and anti-odor properties.