Funding a MNT Feasibility Study

A new trend s emerging in British science, placing bets on the likelihood of discoveries. The book on the detection of gravity waves has now been closed, with odd being slashed from an initial 500/1 to 2/1. Other bets available to scientific punters (developed in association with New Scientist in case you were wondering what the average bookie knows about …

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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 …

Smalley’s Legacy

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Nobel Laureate and co discoverer of buckyballs Richard Smalley. In recent years, Smalley had moved on from fullerenes and debating the feasibility of Drexlerian nanotechnologies, concentrating instead on the search for technological solutions to the global energy problem, and the environmental impact of nanotechnologies, founding CBEN (Center for …

Whitesides on Nanobots

Earth and Sky has an interview with National Medal of Science winner and Mallinckrodt Professor of Chemistry at Harvard University, George Whitesides. Whitesides is regarded as one of nanotechnology’s pioneers, although there is no love lost between him and the Drexlerians, as evidenced by his views on nanobots, which are pretty much the same as most mainstream scientists: “It’s a …

Finally…

The good day for M&A continues with the news that Small Times, who were cut loose from founders and backers Ardesta at the beginning of the year after haemorrhaging staff and money finally got acquired by technology publishers Penn Well. We’ve had a good time with Small Times over the years, and they have some excellent journalists, but with the …

Nano Better than Petrol

A Rice University study compares “the environmental and health risks associated with the production of five nanomaterials — single-walled carbon nanotubes, buckyballs, zinc selenide quantum dots, alumoxane nanoparticles and titantium dioxide nanoparticles — with the risks of making six commonplace products — silicon wafers, wine, high-density plastic, lead-acid car batteries, refined petroleum and aspirin.” It’s an interesting mix of products, …

Bigger Better Nano

The US National Science Foundation will be unveiling a $20m project today to “create public nanotechnology exhibits and educational programs for the public at US science museums.” A sort of a super nano jury. Of course demonstrating the nanoscale is obviously challenging, so the museums involved will have to be a little creative. Exhibits will likely focus on the products …

And There’s More…

Biophan were still at it late on Friday afternoon, filing patents and press releases even after the markets closed. We are not sure whether the filing of a patent is newsworthy, the issuing perhaps is, but any IP lawyers or PR companies wanting to earn a quick buck should probably get in touch with Biophan, pronto.

Biophan Has a Brainstorm?

We seem to be bombarded almost daily by press releases from Biophan covering everything from their plans for the future to the CFO’s bowel movements (well, fortunately not quite). Since the onslaught began on August 11th we have received 14 releases though Business Wire (sometimes twice a day) and the companies stock price has plummeted by almost 20%. Whether the …

Miaow!

There’s something about the combination of molecular and nanotech that makes people adopt all kinds of highly entrenched and xenophobic positions, as in this blog piece and subsequent comments at the Foresights nanodot site. Richard Jones, usually a paragon of diplomacy is provoked into asking with regard to MNT: “Even in Silicon Valley, I can’t believe that there was ever …