Nanotechnology Five Years On

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been doing this for five years already. The first ever issue of TNT Weekly went out in December 2000, and in a fit of nostalgia we opened up the archives to see what we were talking about back in January 2001. While the environmental and ethical issues were yet to emerge, surprisingly, what we …

Bedtime Reading

If you fancy getting up to speed with heath and environmental risks of nanotechnologies, or more specifically nanoparticles, then you can take your pick from a veritable onslaught of information this week. DEFRA (The Department For Environment, Food And Rural Affairs) weighs in with “Characterising The Potential Risks Posed By Engineered Nanoparticles”, the Royal Society has a report on a …

Rating the Rankings

Richard Jones over at the excellent Soft Machines takes a look at the ranking of nanotech countries based on publications, and more importantly how this fails to reveal the true picture. The same is true when looking at government spending – how do you compare one nanotechnology program that adds ‘nano’ to an existing facility with one that pays for …

Weapons, Ethics and a Pint of Black Sheep

Two new nanotech books popped up today, dealing with defence and ethics, and sure to provoke plenty of debate in our local. Rosalyn W. Berne’s ‘Nanotalk:Conversations With Scientists and Engineers About Ethics, Meaning, and Belief in the Development of Nanotechnology.’ The description seems to fit exactly what we seem to wind up doing in the bar at all these nanotech …

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 …

Crime and Punishment

Back in 2001, while Henrik Schoen was busy fiddling his lab results at Bell Labs, Robert Papalia was up to something similar at Nano World Projects Corp, a company whose business was “the development and commercial exploitation of nanotechnology.” While Schoen was pilloried by the scientific establishment, perhaps to deflect any criticism of the publishers who were only too happy …

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), …

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 …

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 …

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 …