IBMs Cognitive Computing Chips Show How To Innovate

Computing has been essentially the same for over sixty years. An input signal is processed by a device, a switch, an amplifier, a logic gate etc, and then passed onto another device where it is processed again eventually producing some kind of output which could be a flashing light or the information you are reading now. Of course things have …

Nanotechnology, Scaffolds, Tissue Engineering and Organ Transplantation

On July 7, 2011, University College London made an announcement of an breakthrough which is an historic landmark in the field of nanotechnology in tissue engineering: surgeons in Sweden have successfully implanted, for the first time ever, a totally synthetic, tissue-engineered organ (a trachea) into a patient suffering from a terminal-stage tracheal cancer. A team leaded by Professor Alexander Seifalian (UCL …

Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery, by Remote Control

Professor Paras N. Prasad, Ph.D. (executive director of University of Buffalo‘s Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics and SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry in the UB College of Arts and Sciences) was a co-author with colleagues from the University of Buffalo‘s Photodynamic Therapy Center at Roswell Park Cancer Institute on a paper published in Molecular Pharmaceutics on April 19, 2006: …

Fixing The UK Economy Over A Pint In The Ilkley Brewery

Most of my time spent with politicians takes place in meeting rooms or community centres, so it was a literally refreshing change to have a round table discussion with Mark Hoban, financial secretary to the Treasury and our local MP Kris Hopkins while propping up the bar at the Ilkley Brewery (Thanks to Paul Birch of the Ilkley Business Forum …

New EU Funded Project Stimulates Nanotech Debate By Paying For Articles In Newspapers

My delight at seeing a sensible piece about “nanotechnology in everyday life” by Colin Stuart (@skyponderer) published in the Guardian Newspaper turned to puzzlement when I noticed that the article was “Paid for by NanoChannels.” As the unfortunately named Nanochannels is a project funded by the European Union (i.e. taxpayers), albeit run from Israel, it seems a bit odd that the only …

Resuscitating Dead Cells and Tissues: Progress in The Adoption of Nanotechnology in Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering

Each time an individual suffers a heart attack and survives, unfortunately something happens to the heart permanently: some of the cells that constitute this organ die. Those cells can be: Cardiomyocytes (striated muscle cells found in the heart, derived from cardiac myoblasts); Neurons (in the wall of the heart). These dead tissues give to the heart muscles weakening. Consequently, the …

Nanoco Hissy Fit Highlights UK Technology Shortcomings

Manchester’s quantum dot manufacturer Nanoco (NANO:LSE) are “threatening to locate its first commercial plant in Japan or Singapore if it fails to win financial aid from the government” according to the FT. While the 30 jobs created are insignificant compared with 1500 lost (plus others along the supply chain) as a result of a government decision to buy train carriages …

Genesis P.orridge, Throbbing Gristle or Soylent Green?

The recent debate about public acceptance of artificial meat is nothing really new. We have been growing food in vats for twenty five years and people have been quite happily eating Fusarium graminearum, a mycoprotein marketed as Quorn.Of course the vat grown sludge known as Genesis Porridge has to be turned into something more palatable, by adding a variety of flavourings …