Nanotech Shows the Way in Fraudulent Science

2006 could be a tough year for scientific credibility. Nanotech has already come under fire with the infamous Hendrick Schoen case, but the scandals surrounding the stem cell research of South Korea’s Hwang Woo-suk do little to assuage public fears about technology. Stem cell research has much in common with nanotech through the similar ethical dilemmas associated with some aspects …

A Flock Of Indices?

Or should that be a gaggle? The fad for nanotech indices continues, with the latest players being the International Securities Exchange, while the Lux Index dumps some poorly performing stocks for some better looking ones with an equally tenuous link to nanotech. While there is plenty of choice for investors wanting to track the “nanotech industry’ , we still think …

We Buy Nano – $1 million to US$100 million – Call Now!

A “Silicon Valley Nano Newsletter, January 2006″ just plunked into our inbox announcing a billion dollar nanotech buyout (perhaps)… Marketplace – RFP for acquisition of your nano bio, chemical, energy, or material start-up or early stage company. European Company seeks to acquire US nanotechnology companies from start-up to established and is prepared to pay from US$1 million to US$100 million. …

US to Fund Nanotech Companies to Jump Through Regulatory Hoops?

Some of the issues surrounding regulation are as vague as those related to commercialisation judging by the over generous sprinkling of ‘mays’ and ‘coulds’ in this Technology Review article. Blanket regulation of nanotechnologies is unowrkable, and leads to some rather silly ideas like the ones below. As regulations are imposed, it will likely affect small nanotechnology startups. Materials testing could …

Yet Another ‘Nanotechnology Industry’ Index

Latest to produce a ‘nanotechnology industry’ index are San Francisco’s Global Crown Capital, which is claimed to be “the industry’s first pure play nanotechnology index.” The companies comprising the index, as well as their descriptions are listed below. Given the similarities between all of these indices, and the small number of publicly traded stocks that have much of a nanotech …

Samsung Takes on Nantero?

While there have been no shortage of nanotech related approaches to the non volatile memory market, competing with the likes of Samsung never going to be easy. Samsung sold almost 4 billion dollars worth of flash memory in 2004, and are already looking ahead at nanotube based memory as this article in EE Times shows. What this means for, or …

Flip? Flop?

What a difference a couple of years can make. Two years ago when Greenpeace took a look at nanotechnologies and concluded that there were positive and negative aspects and a balanced view was needed, they were dismissed as “industrial terrorists.” Now the same organisations are calling for 10% of nanotech funding to be spent on studies of the impact of …

All Change At Foresight

Stung by criticism that the Foresight Institute needs to stop rabbiting on about how wonderful molecular nanotechnology will be when someone actually invents it and do some reserach, the Institute has appointed a new president. The current incumbent is a lawyer with a software background.

The Ratio of Cranks to Correct Iconoclasts

The MNT workaholics at CRN have been publishing a series of articles entitled ‘inside CRN.’ For anyone trying to figure out whether CRN is a proper think tank like Demos or a couple of hippies blogging away in the woods there is little to go on. As often with the world of blogs, the comments can be more intertesting than …