We’ve Moved!

Regular readers may be wondering where TNTlog went for the past few days. The answer is right here. The main Cientifica site has also been upgraded to Web 2.0 making it easier for users to find the information they need. There may be a few bedding in issues, if you find any feel free to let us know. Advertisements

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Nanotech Terror Down Under

There is never a shortage of scare stories which usually involve some form of dangerous nanotechnology being sneaked into our bodies, rammed down our throats or shoved up our backsides by some evil corporation for some unspecified reason. This weeks nanotech terror alert comes from Thomas Faunce of the Australian National University college of law and medical school who reasons …

CNRS Moves Nanotech Debate From The Lab To The Bar (but doesn’t offer to buy a round)

Wading into the debate over the social and ethical implications of nanotechnologies comes the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) with their new recommendations. Unfortunately the report doesn’t contain any fresh thinking or any new Gallic philosphical twist, rather it calls for more discussion and dialogue, with a number of suggestions to keep both professional and bar room philosophers …

MNT 2.0?

Following on from the rumours about the DTI MNT network we were tickled to see a similar politcally led initiative being proposed in Russia. What particularly caught our eye was the comment that although “hardly anyone present at the meeting realizes what nanotechnology actually means,” and the budget already agreed, Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov suggested a Vatican style solution – …

Going Home

I have had a number of enquiries about the brief hiatus in output. While travelling has been one factor, with consequent vast improvements in Mandarin and Farsi, the main cause has been the permanent relocation from Madrid to London. It’s been some 17 years since I last lived in the UK, and I’m looking forward to lopping four hours off …

Nanotech Hits the Textile Markes

One of the big surprises of recent weeks was the realisation that already some US$11Bn worth of textiles containing nanotechnologies are on the market around the world. Before you rush off an start investing in Nano-Tex, remember that their particularly treatment, although highly successful, is only one of the ways that nanotechnologies are applied in the textile industry. “Nanotechnologies for …

Ear Ear!

When nanotechnology initially started generating excitement, one of the hot areas with great expectations was bioenhancement, with the possibility of bionic eyes and ears. As always, there is a subtantial gap between the wilder fantasies of nanotech, and the more prosaic reality, so we were interested to come across an interesting application of nanotechnologies from Siemens Hearing Instruments. Rather than …

Talking Science

Seed takes a timely look at the problems of communicating science to the general public, and finds that many of the problems are more basic than thought. While the article is written in context of the “Republican War on Science” there are lessons for those trying to communicate nanotech. For example the “greenhouse effect”, a term coined by Swedish scientist …

Less Than Zero

NanotechCafe.com has a handy book section where you can see the latest list of nanotech books ranked by their sales at Amazon, which neatly illustrates the continuing confusion over what nanotechnology really is. The top three books are Kurzweill’s “Singularity Is Near : When Humans Transcend Biology”, Clayton Christensen’s “Seeing What’s Next: Using Theories of Innovation to Predict Industry Change” …