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 …

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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 …

Blogging the Nanoworld

With Howard Lovy’s Nanobot being closed down by his new employers for fear of further antagonizing non Kabbalists, molecular nano skeptics and the entire population of China we felt it was time to round up a few of the blogs that currently catch our eye. Regular readers will be aware of CRNs “Responsible Nanotechnology” blog which devotes tremendous energy to …

“Innovation is no Longer an Option, it’s Mandatory”

Australia’s ABC has a long piece on textile technologies with the focus being very much on underwear. Being from down under, the article can’t avoid the subject of wool. Dr Tony Pierlot, a researcher with CSIRO Textile & Fibre Technology, summed up what an increasing number of people are discovering about nanotechnologies: “Funnily enough, it turns out nature’s already thought …

Whitesides on Nanobots

Earth and Sky has an interview with National Medal of Science winner and Mallinckrodt Professor of Chemistry at Harvard University, George Whitesides. Whitesides is regarded as one of nanotechnology’s pioneers, although there is no love lost between him and the Drexlerians, as evidenced by his views on nanobots, which are pretty much the same as most mainstream scientists: “It’s a …

Singular Nanobots

Ray Kurzweil, variously described as a technology guru, visionary, prognosticator, inventor or nutcase and often all five at once has a new book out ” The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology” and is out on the road to promote it. As the rather unimpressed New York Times puts it, Kurzweil “postulates that we are fast approaching a time …