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 …

Singular Nanobots

Ray Kurzweil, variously described as a technology guru, visionary, prognosticator, inventor or nutcase and often all five at once has a new book out ” The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology” and is out on the road to promote it. As the rather unimpressed New York Times puts it, Kurzweil “postulates that we are fast approaching a time …

A Nanotoxicology Methodology

The article on toxicology methodologies we mentioned earlier has now been published in Particle and Fibre Toxicology and merits a brief write up in the New York Times. “Principles for characterizing the potential human health effects from exposure to nanomaterials: elements of a screening strategy” is by many of toxicology’s top experts such as Gunter Oberdorster and Ken Donaldson. The …

For Piston Slap Get CLAP!

Another nano miracle product pops up in the automotive world, with the Economist discussing a new fuel additive called Clap (which appears to work in a similar way to the nanoparticles in hair conditioners) while Autoblog has a bit of fun with both the name and its usefulness. Share

ToxTests

According to C|Net, “tests for Nanotoxicology are coming later this month” thanks to the snappily titled Nanomaterial Toxicity Screening Working Group of the International Life Sciences Institute Research Foundation/Risk Science Institute, or ILSI RF/RSI for short! However, don’t expect a nanotox test to be available as widely as for example a pregnancy testing kit. The issue here is more related …

Nanopants Going Out of Style?

After a few weeks running around Asia, from Mumbai to Beijing and Singapore to Tokyo, one of the areas that is attracting the most attention is the merger between nanotechnologies and textiles. We are not just talking about stain resistant shirts here, and the embedding of sensors and electronics is really catching the imagination, with almost every government we talk …

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 …

Nano in the Air

There may not be much nanotech in a Boeing 747-400, but Singapore Airlines new inflight broadband system certainly helps us keep tabs on things while bouncing through thunderstorms over the Philippines. Share