The Big Slow Down

Luna Innovations who are in the process of gearing up an IPO, have fallen foul of the slow down in “the nanotech industry.” The gist of the problem is that a US city fell for the hype of how nanotech would save the local economy and whipped together a $900,000 grant for Luna to attract Luna’s nanomaterials facility. So far …

The Sun Shines for Power Plastic

“Power Plastic” company Konarka (we remember when they were called polymer solar cells but perhaps this confused people) raised $20 million in venture capital financing this week. The financing was led by 3i. Konarka plans to use this round of funding to accelerate further growth, continue to execute on its global partnering strategy and to support ongoing research and development …

Green Nanotech or Green Goo?

In a response to the ETC groups attempts to confuse GMOs with nanotech in the so called ‘Green Goo‘ (presumably this recipe will not destroy the planet then), the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars has responded with an equally odd idea with all the trappings of a ‘worthy cause’, “Green Nanotechnology.” The WWICS wants to highight green applications of …

Boost Science, Boost Competitiveness?

There seems to be cautious optimism over the US technology funding plans unveiled in this weeks’s State of the Union Adress (which, in addition to the original language, you can also listen to in English, Arabic, Bahasa Indonesian, Farsi, French, Hausa, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, and Turkish courtesy of the US Department of State). The New York Times takes a …

Tackling TB

On the day when UK Finance minsister Gordon Brown and Bill Gates announce a “Global Plan to Stop Tuberculosis” news comes in from South Africa about efforts to devlop a nanoparticle- based drug-delivery system for anti-TB drugs. The key issue with many TB treatments is that they must be taken regularly over a long period to be effective, and non …

National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi Sceptical About Nanotech Impact

Catching up with the Christmas backlog we came across an interesting exchange between Jim Thomas of the ETC group and Dyborn Chibonga, chief executive officer of the National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi reproduced below: “And if you replace cotton, what does that it mean for Africa?” asks Thomas. “I’m clueless about that one but even if cotton were produced …