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 …

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), …

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 …

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 …

A Nanotoxicology Methodology

The article on toxicology methodologies we mentioned earlier has now been published in Particle and Fibre Toxicology and merits a brief write up in the New York Times. “Principles for characterizing the potential human health effects from exposure to nanomaterials: elements of a screening strategy” is by many of toxicology’s top experts such as Gunter Oberdorster and Ken Donaldson. The …

ToxTests

According to C|Net, “tests for Nanotoxicology are coming later this month” thanks to the snappily titled Nanomaterial Toxicity Screening Working Group of the International Life Sciences Institute Research Foundation/Risk Science Institute, or ILSI RF/RSI for short! However, don’t expect a nanotox test to be available as widely as for example a pregnancy testing kit. The issue here is more related …