Attention Seeking Behaviour

Back in 2001 when I was involved with the European Nanobusiness Association, NanoBusiness Alliance and other bodies, the real fear was that a knee jerk reaction by a politician worrying about “gray goo” could kill nanotechnology off before it even got started. The impending publication of Prey by Michael Crichton had people worrying themselves sick over the image of nanotechnologies, …

More on Food Safety

Everybody from Australia to Europe seems to be launching consultations on nanotechnology and food, mainly because there is no clear distinction between naturally occurring nanostructures and those artificially added. Richard Jones does his usual erudite job of framing the issue here but I have to wonder whether this is just more quangos wasting more time and public money. Rather than …

Fruitful Dialogue?

I took the Circle Line round to Westminster this morning to drop in on the Uk Nanotechnology Showcase event being held at the DTI DBERR conference centre, which was rather interesting for some of the wrong reasons. First up was the Minister of State for Science and Innovation, Ian Pearson, to give a Government view of nanotechnology. The Minister, who …

UK Nanotech – Missing in Action?

Further to my recent post wondering what was going wrong (if anything) with the UK’s nanotechnology sector, the UK Nanoforum conference was recently announced, a conference “with a focus on trade, investment and collaborations.” Perhaps I’m being uncharitable here, but I don’t see too much evidence of either nanotechnology or business here. Ionscope are a great little company working on …