Choosing The Lesser of Myriad Evils

Further to my earlier post on the latest NanoToxScare story, the Daily Telegraph has helpfully published a list of products that contain nanoparticles which neatly illustrates the need for risk assessment as it includes beer, aeroplanes and tennis rackets, all of which involve other risks than those posed by a few nanoparticles (and that’s before we start thinking about possible …

Attention Seeking Behaviour

Back in 2001 when I was involved with the European Nanobusiness Association, NanoBusiness Alliance and other bodies, the real fear was that a knee jerk reaction by a politician worrying about “gray goo” could kill nanotechnology off before it even got started. The impending publication of Prey by Michael Crichton had people worrying themselves sick over the image of nanotechnologies, …

More on Food Safety

Everybody from Australia to Europe seems to be launching consultations on nanotechnology and food, mainly because there is no clear distinction between naturally occurring nanostructures and those artificially added. Richard Jones does his usual erudite job of framing the issue here but I have to wonder whether this is just more quangos wasting more time and public money. Rather than …

The First Clean-tech Nanoscam?

As oil prices go up, thousands of entrepreneurs are massing to sell all kinds of snake oil to people in order to increase their fuel consumption. Nanotech, being something advanced and sexy (well, to some people anyway) is seen as good hook.  One of the latest money saving “nanotechnologies” is eeFuel from H2Oil. NanoTech eeFuel® Additive is the only multi-functional liquid nanotechnology …

Nanotech, Cleantech, Expensive Tech

Anyone considering jumping onto the clean-tech bandwagon would do well to take a look at just how woefully inefficient current renewable energy sources are. The table below is adapted from information published in the Sunday Times this weekend.   Assuming that in the next thirty years you will move house, or that some part of the installation may require fixing,  then …

Can the VC Model Handle Emerging Technologies?

While researching the new edition of the Nanotechnology Opportunity Report™ I was shocked by the amount of cash that had been poured down the drain by venture capital, almost a billion dollars over the last seven years. At the same time, I have been involved in nanotech related deals  totalling close to a billion dollars in the last eighteen months, …

Apple To Make Billions From Nanotech?

Every advance in memory these days seems to be benchmarked against an iPod. Techradar announces that the development of a racetrack memory by some “Glaswegian Nanotech Boffins” could allow an iPod to store millions of songs. At 79 pence a song that must be good news for Apple! Joking aside, this kind of thinking is as linear as  stories six …