British Standards

No sooner do we mention standards (in a round about way) then up pops the news of today’s first meeting of the new International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee for Nanotechnologies. If you want to go deeper into the world of standards, the former British Standards Institute, now BSI has put up a handy microsite (surely nano…) to guide you …

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Identity Theft?

Terminology is always an issue when looking at nanotechnologies, after all most of what is described as nanotechnology should actually be nanoscience. Members of the molecular nanotechnology community, who of course lay claim to inventing the tem nanotechnology, are now out in the MNT margins despite a proposal to rename it all zettatechnology a while back. The latest term to …

Taking Precautions

Clambering to the top of our “Shouldn’t people who claim to understand nanotechnologies have something better to do” file is an article entitled “Preliminary Time Issues” May Affect Nanotechnology Industry.” It seems that if you have to put on nanopants or take precautions against nanobots you can be paid for doing do, at least in the US. The article concludes …

Weapons, Ethics and a Pint of Black Sheep

Two new nanotech books popped up today, dealing with defence and ethics, and sure to provoke plenty of debate in our local. Rosalyn W. Berne’s ‘Nanotalk:Conversations With Scientists and Engineers About Ethics, Meaning, and Belief in the Development of Nanotechnology.’ The description seems to fit exactly what we seem to wind up doing in the bar at all these nanotech …

Second Time Lucky?

News from Japan informs us of a new use for an old technology by Suzutora. The company developed the technology to create nanometre sized stainless steel particles and coat textiles with them 25 years ago, but it had not been able to find a marketable use for it. Memories of the kind of voodoo required to crank up pre digital …

Funding a MNT Feasibility Study

A new trend s emerging in British science, placing bets on the likelihood of discoveries. The book on the detection of gravity waves has now been closed, with odd being slashed from an initial 500/1 to 2/1. Other bets available to scientific punters (developed in association with New Scientist in case you were wondering what the average bookie knows about …

Doris on Nanotech

While many in the business and scientific community have a very clear idea of what nanotechnologies are, the same is rarely true of the general public (and often wonder why the man on the Clapham omnibus needs to be engaged and consulted on every subject when he’d probably rather just read the newspaper). Blogs provide a wonderful window on the …

Nanofibres and Blue Suede Shoes

We are aware if a number of Halls of Fame in the US, rock & roll, country music, baseball and even ones dedicated to cowboys and cowgirls.. News from NASA tells us that there is a Space Tech Hall Of Fame complete witha rather odd web site, which has been recently joined by a couple of nanotech related companies. Can …

Crime and Punishment

Back in 2001, while Henrik Schoen was busy fiddling his lab results at Bell Labs, Robert Papalia was up to something similar at Nano World Projects Corp, a company whose business was “the development and commercial exploitation of nanotechnology.” While Schoen was pilloried by the scientific establishment, perhaps to deflect any criticism of the publishers who were only too happy …