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 …

Of Mice and Men

It is rare pleasure to see a balanced headline involving such emotive subjects as nanotech and cancer, but recent headlines from the European Cancer Conference in Paris have contended themselves with “Nanotechnology May Help Treat Cancer” rather than the usual hyperbolic “will cure cancer.” The idea is that “the cancer can be vaccinated against itself (using nanoparticles as ‘intelligent’ carriers), …

Right On Nano

The UK’s Sciencewise program, a scheme that provides grants “for projects that bring scientists, government and the public together to explore the impact of science and technology in our lives” has announced its recent batch of successful applicants, and naturally ‘nano’ plays a part. While it is good to foster discussion, we do begin to wonder whether the plethora of …

Smalley’s Legacy

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Nobel Laureate and co discoverer of buckyballs Richard Smalley. In recent years, Smalley had moved on from fullerenes and debating the feasibility of Drexlerian nanotechnologies, concentrating instead on the search for technological solutions to the global energy problem, and the environmental impact of nanotechnologies, founding CBEN (Center for …

KNT or KNTcase?

We’re not sure whether this is the point where nanotech moves from hype to fad, but in the wake of Apple’s ipod nano (Small Times accidentally ran an automated story on this last week!) we now have, oh dear, Kabbalistic Nanotechnology. Madonna’s favourite Rabbi Rav Berg’s book Kabbalistic Nanotechnology just popped up on our radar thanks to an anonymous tipster …

More Public Consultation on Scientific Opinion

The European Commission, through the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks, is soliciting comments on their recent report on “the appropriateness of existing methodologies to assess the potential risks associated with engineered and adventitious products of nanotechnologies” which can be downloaded here and is worth looking at for the extensive bibliography alone. You can give your opinion …

Understanding the R&D Ecosystem

It has always been a fundamental part of our philosophy that you cannot dissociate nanotechnology from the rest of the global research and development ecosystem, and that the adoption (or otherwise) of nanotechnologies are less dependent on the technologies themselves than other economic and social factors. With this in mind, we have spent a lot of time looking at the …

Ebola in the Kitchen

Nanotechnology.com, currently undergoing something of a relaunch as “The International Network of Small Technology”, has a new white paper available entitled “10 Ways Nanotechnology Could Save Your Life.” The $9.95 report (or free if you click on the link) caught our eye for the claim is that “Countertops, tables, and other surfaces can be contaminated by many killer pathogens: e. …

Round Three

Nanotech companies are continuing to pull in funding with the news that UK based nanoparticle detection company Nanosight have closed a further half million pounds in funding to add to the 1.2 million raised last year from the DTI.

A Monstrous Misconception

Jobs portal Monster.com has an article on how to get a job in the Nanotechnology Industry, but perhaps that should that be the yet to come Molecular Nanotechnology Industry? Ominously, the article starts with Michael Crichton’s definition of nanotechnology as “the quest to build man-made machines of extremely small size, on the order of 100 nanometers, or 100/billionths of a …