“Billions of Government Research Dollars are Being Wasted”

A dose of scepticism comes from Ghavam Shahidi, director of silicon technology at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center. The gist of his argument at the International Electron Devices Meeting was that the semiconductor industry should concentrate on solving the pressing issues before going off on flights of fancy. Nanotech shares some of the blame as “billions of government research dollars …

Nano Banana Skins

There are more calls from the US for regulation of nanomaterials, albeit voluntary. We are somewhat sceptical of voluntary approaches, especially when major omissions are present in the financial information that is compulsory. If a company cannot be relied on to state its financial results accurately, what chance is there of voluntary disclosure of the odd nanomaterial related problem? The …

Cargo Cult Science

There seem to be few things more annoying to a nanoscientist than a picture of Drexlers atomic gear wheels (did anybody ever stop to ask why we would ever need such a thing?). At a recent high level business forum in Spain, the meeting came to a halt as angry academics berated one of the presenters for showing a picture …

Fight!

There’s nothing like a good scrap, and the current one is between nanotechnology.com (with whom we have had the odd run in) and Lux Research. The excellent Steve Edwards takes Lux to task over their Exchange Traded nanotech Fund. We particularly enjoyed his comments on the inclusion of General Motors. We actually agree with Steve that most of these so …

NanoBusiness Alliance “No Big Deal”

News must be scare in Albany, New York, or the journalist got the wrong end of the stick entirely. What else could explain a report about the incorporation of the New York NanoBusiness Alliance (formerly the Connecticut NanoBusiness Alliance?) being “no big deal.” In an almost astoundingly hype free report, founder Vince Caprio says “It’s not like there’s hundreds of …

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 …

The Safety Bandwagon?

It’s an early stage, but are we detecting signs of a nano safety bandwagon? A variety of people were in Washington last week, some calling for “10% of federal nano spending to go toward safety studies.” This seems like an unworkable idea to us, and is a classic case of putting the cart in front of the horse. Carbon nanotubes …

Take The Next Exit?

Nanosys seem to be burning though cash and just closed a new $40 million round with no less than seventeen investors. Information Week asks the right sort of question – why did Nanosys for a venture capital round rather than a repeated attempt at an IPO? – although a cynic may answer in order to develop a product before the …

Identity Theft?

Terminology is always an issue when looking at nanotechnologies, after all most of what is described as nanotechnology should actually be nanoscience. Members of the molecular nanotechnology community, who of course lay claim to inventing the tem nanotechnology, are now out in the MNT margins despite a proposal to rename it all zettatechnology a while back. The latest term to …

Taking Precautions

Clambering to the top of our “Shouldn’t people who claim to understand nanotechnologies have something better to do” file is an article entitled “Preliminary Time Issues” May Affect Nanotechnology Industry.” It seems that if you have to put on nanopants or take precautions against nanobots you can be paid for doing do, at least in the US. The article concludes …