The World’s Largest Brainstorming

“World’s Largest Brainstorming” The Summit on the Global Agenda will take place from 20 to 22 November 2009 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in partnership with the Government of Dubai. The Summit will bring together over 700 Global Agenda Council Members, representing some of the most innovative and influential thinkers from over 90 countries – including 300 business leaders, 240 …

If You Don’t Understand a Technology Don’t Lobby Against It!

Euractiv reports that Robert Madelin, director-general at the European Commission’s health and consumer affairs directorate “has hit out at lobby groups who stoke fear of nanotechnology” and said it was “irresponsible” to use panic in order to attract attention. It is an interesting step forward, as anti nano lobby groups in Brussels have been very vocal in calling for all …

I’m Jonathan Miller And I Want To Know Why!

As expected, Jonathan Miller’s talk reflecting on “the biology of design didn’t disappoint, and was a object lesson in science communication. As a non biologist (my background is mainly physics, materials, surface science, music and finance) I found it fascinating, informative and quite inspiring. As Miller is a celebrated theatre director, scientist, author and a host of other things, the …

The Biology of Design

Al round polymath Jonathan Miller is giving a talk tonight reflecting on “the biology of design – why do we have faces, what are the forces that shape our symmetry and the patterns we see in nature?” It’s a fascinating subject, and as most of what we are doing in nanotechnologies is simply unravelling how various bits of nature work and …

The Least Informative Information Of The Year?

Some bizarre statistics about nanotechnology market growth are being bandied around followimg the “Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) along with Department of Science & Technology, (DST), Government of India, Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology (GIST) and Tamil Nadu Technology Development Promotion Council” fourth Nanotechnology Conclave 2009. This looks like a perfect storm of the longest and most complex conference …