Predictions from 2002 Ring True Today

It’s now over seven years since we published the first edition of the Nanotechnology Opportunity Report and plenty has changed. Reviewing the original edition, from March 2002, it’s striking how many of the companies touted as being the “new industrial revolution” back then have disappeared. You can download the report from here, and it may make an interesting academic study …

Anti-Science and Politics

I’ve mentioned the negative views of science expressed by the ‘green’ movement, but according to the Guardian most politicians feel the same, with hardly any thought given to science other than the usual lip service of creating dynamic knowledge based economies, although unfortunately the result we ended up with was less like the Google campus and more like this: I suppose it says a lot about the …

Two Cultures? Stop Whining and Get Over It!

For anyone unaware of the fact, today is the 50th anniversary of C.P. Snow’s famous two cultures lecture, and has been marked by a continuation of the debate that he started. In a nutshell, Snow noticed that people either studied arts and literature, and then went off to do important things in the BBC or Government, or they studied science …

Politicising Nanotechnologies

EurActiv had a nice summary of the positions of various organisations on the regukation of nanotechnologies which showed some very clear political splits. Trade Unions and environmental groups want tighter regulation/labelling or a moratorium while the chemical industry and other business regulations just seem wo want some clarity. The political agenda is worth noting in the light of a piece …

Save the Planet – Shoot Yourself

I’m not sure whether the credit crunch has brought on about of pre apocalyptic fever  or whether living a a world of instant gratification has resulted in attempting anything on a timescale of more than a few weeks has people wailing & gnashing their teeth in jaw snapping frustration. Whatever the cause, environmental issues seem to be resulting in a …

No No ObservatoryNANO

ObservatoryNANO is an EU funded project designed to present reliable, complete and responsible science-based and economic expert analysis, across technology sectors and to give decision-makers in government, industry, and finance objective information for their decisions. I took a look following a press release titled “Shaping European Nanotechnology”  and naturally my eye was drawn towards the sector marked “economic data.” Flicking …