Two award-winning nanotech films from Europe are available for downloading, or you can order free DVDs. The first, "Nanotechnology", is clearly aimed at kids, while the second, "Nano: the next dimension", is for adults and includes Nobel winning chemist Jean-Marie Lehn. Your reviews welcome in the comments.
Archive for the 'Media Mentions' Category
Dr_Barnowl writes "The BBC reports on the upcoming nanotechnologies that we can expect to see in the near future. One interviewee asserts that "As soon as you mention it, people conjure up images of small robots carrying out surgery or things that are not desirable."
Whereas my perception is that as soon as you mention it, people go "Whuh?" Not really anything new or innovative here, but it's always nice to see nanotech mentioned in mainstream media, even if the Drexlerlian vision is being dimissed as sci-fi, as per usual.
Aside from that, there is a link to everyones favourite manifestation of nanotech – NanoPants! "
Christine Peterson has pointed out an item from Howard Lovy's Nanobot regarding Further Info on Nanotech Action in Leeds.
It looks like the European GMO perspective is starting to spill over into nanotechnology. Obviously an education problem here as it seems that the anti-nanotech forces don't seem to realize that nanotechnology can help clean up the existing problems as well as reduce future problems.
How does one make it clear to people that reality is going to evolve and they had best evolve with it?
Paul C. Easton writes "Former Foresight Update editor Lew Phelps brings to our attention that The World & I magazine is soliciting articles about nanotechnology. Specific topics may include nanotechnology applications in materials design, electronics, robotics, health care, environment, energy conversion, transportation, and national security. Articles on the ethical and social implications of nanotechnology will also be considered."
WesDuCharme writes "Glenn Reynolds has an interesting piece entitled A Tale of Two Nanotechs http://www.techcentralstation.com/012804A.html. He makes the case that the business community is pulling us away from molecular nanotechnology for fear of the public relations problems that advanced applications may cause. In making the case, however, he oversimplifies the dichotomy, ìThe downside is that a sometimes-bitter war has been waged within the nanotechnology community itself, between the scientists and visionaries on the one hand, and the business people on the other. The scientists and visionaries want research on advanced nanotechnologyÖî Of course there are some scientists, such as Richard Smalley (whom Glenn mentions later), who seem squarely on the side of the business community in this matter. The article goes on to make good arguments that what we might call ìbusiness relinquishmentî is unlikely to work."
November 21st, at 7:00 pm U.S. Central time, Dr. Paul Barbara, the Director of the University of Texas-Austin Center for Nano and Molecular Science and Technology, will give a public lecture on nanotechnology that can be viewed by anyone with an Internet connection.
Small Times Media writes "Recognizing the people, products and companies that are leading the growth of the micro and nanotechnology industry, Small Times Media announces its 2003 Small Times Magazine Best of Small Tech Awards. These awards represent the best of the best in nanotechnology, MEMS and microsystems. A complete list of award winners is available online. In-depth profiles of winners and lists of finalists are available in the November/December 2003 issue."
stan_h writes "Speakers Discuss Big Hopes for Small Science – October 15, 2003 at the American Chemical Society "The Capitol Connection" report:
Senator John Warner (R-VA) opened a recent ACS Science and the Congress briefing entitled "Nanotechnology: from Theory to Commercialization." Senator Warner was a featured participant in the program because he closely follows developments in the field of nanotechnology for two reasons: as chair of the Senate Armed Services, he is interested in seeing discoveries applied for use by the military; and he is hopeful his home state will be able to harness the economic growth that nanotechnology promises.
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from the what-the-well-dressed-will-wear dept.
Gina Miller writes "In Review: 'Tuxedo' a nano showcase, UPI Science News's Scott R. Burnell describes the hype and the fact in a movie whose 'premise revolves around a set of jacket and pants whose fabric is computerized and packed with nanotech, capable of turning the most unassuming man-on-the-street into a super spy.'"
from the self-promotion dept.
Gina Miller writes "Tune your radios to Seattle's KEXP 90.3FM Saturday morning 7am Pac-daylight time. James Lewis is interviewed on the potential benefits and dangers of nanotechnology. If you are not in the Seattle area, you can also listen to the airing live via their website, http://www.kexp.org/ from where ever you are located."
from the taking-a-long-view dept.
They've Seen the Future and Intend to Live It by Bruce Schechter in the NY Times (registration required) provides an informed and positive portrayal of the long range outlook that Dr. Ralph C. Merkle and other Foresight members bring to their views of life and the development of nanotechnology. Describing some of what was said at the most recent Foresight and IMM Senior Associates Gathering, the article travels from the National Nanotechnology Initiative and near term prospects to the "far more expansive vision of the future" held by Foresight members, and the link to cryonics, much in the news following Ted Williams's suspension (Nanodot July 10, 2002).
Gina Miller writes "AsiaBizTech reports: Singapore Backs Nanotechnology Business . Singapore's government is looking to move forward with nanotechnology promotion that would impliment disk storage and biological fields by cooperating with overseas bodies such as Japan. Although their budget is smaller than the U.S. and Japan, today it stands at S$65 million, larger than all previous nanotech budgets. In January of 2002, the National University of Singapore Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Initiative (NUSNNI) was established. Since that time Singapore has set up the Institute of Bioengineering, began began joint research with a U.S. venture, SurroMed Inc., in nanobiology and expected to announce further venture projects."
A pair of articles from United Press International by UPI correspondent Scott Burnell describe interesting presentations by NASA officials at the NanoSpace 2002 conference:
- "Federal tech transfer turns to nanotech (27 June 2002) reports that "National laboratories and federal entities such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration are paying more attention to nanotechnology as they look to commercialize ongoing research . . . Sandia National Laboratories, in Livermore, Calif., is even creating a Center for Integrated Nanotechnology to focus its efforts, said Mark Allen, a manager in the lab's technology commercialization office. The center would have facilities at both Sandia and at Los Alamos National Laboratory, in New Mexico, he told a session at the NanoSpace 2002 conference.
"We're trying to create a 'mega user facility' that will be attractive to industry, universities and other potential collaborators," Allen said. "We'll have major projects funded by the Department of Energy, but we will also be seeking partnerships … where we can achieve better results for all parties."
- "Nanotech could turn planes into birds" (29 June 2002) deals with more speculative applications of nanotech to aerospace engineering: "Darrel Tenney, director of the Aerospace Vehicle Systems Technology Program Office at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., understands how nanotechnology . . . can yield the lightweight, strong materials necessary for next-generation airplanes. He leads $100 million worth of basic investigations into advanced research topics, including advanced vehicle concepts, aeromechanics of highly maneuverable vehicles and noise reduction."
"Because of the tremendous potential for strength and stiffness, far exceeding the best graphite fibers we have today, we're obviously interested in (nanotech) from a structural materials application, to see if we can use that to take weight out (of aircraft designs)," Tenney said. "We know it's in its infancy in terms of mechanical properties, and whether or not we ever get there is a big question. It's a high-risk area and that's why it's legitimate for government to be investing in it."
Earlier UPI articles about presentations given at the NanoSpace 2002 conference were noted in a Nanodot post from 26 June 2002.
Gina Miller writes "The Learning Channel will be airing a new show entitled "Science At The Edge", a new documentary series of emerging technologies. The first episode, "Beating The Odds" will be about groundbreaking medical procedures and will feature comments by Robert A Freitas Jr., author of Nanomedicine and Research Scientist at Zyvex Corporation, as well as those of Zyvex nanotech theorist Ralph Merkle, and a 1-minute microbivore animation. This first episode airs July 1, 2002 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT and repeats July 2, 2002 at 1:00 a.m. ET/PT."
from the World-Watch dept.
An brief item item on the eTaiwanNews.com website ("Nanotechnology program aims to make NT$300b", 24 June 2002) says the Taiwan government "will pump NT$23.1 billion (US$679.41 million) into nanotechnology research in the next six years in hopes of creating a NT$300 billion (US$8.82 billion) industry by 2008, the National Science Council said [on 23 June]. Under a National Nanotechnology Initiative, mapped out by the NSC, the government will help more than 800 companies probe the new frontiers of an emerging high-tech industry."
The report also notes: A prominent NNI feature is a national nanotechnology center, which will be one of the world's best institutes of research in that high-tech field. Commercialization of the new technology is expected to begin in 2004, the NSC spokesman said. "In that year," he added, "Taiwan hopes to generate at least NT$70 billion (US$2.05 billion) in sales of nanotechnology products."
An article on the Small Times website ("U.S. secretary of energy announces $85 million Brookhaven nanocenter", by J. Mason, 17 June 2002) reports that U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham visited Brookhaven National Laboratory on 14 June 2002 to announce that BNL's proposed nanocenter will officially move ahead. In remarks to BNL employees after touring the labs on Long Island in New York, Abraham also signaled the Energy Department's growing commitment to developing nanotechnologies that serve U.S. national interests, from bioterror detection to fuel cells that could help reduce dependence on foreign oil.
Update: Additional coverage is available in the article from United Press International ("DOE picks Brookhaven for nanocenter ", by S. Burnell, 14 June 2002).
The U.S. National Research Council (NRC) has issued a report assessing the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative. According to a report from United Press International ("US needs 'crisp' nanotech plan", by Scott Burnell, 10 June 2002), the NNI "has had a good start but needs sharper focus".
The report was also covered in an article on the Small Times website ("National Research Council report says some changes needed in NNI", by Doug Brown, 11 June 2002).
Background on the NRC assessment of the NNI, see the Nanodot post from 30 October 2001.
from the Molectronics dept.
If youíre looking for more information about the accusations of scientific misconduct being leveled against researchers at Lucent Technologies' Bell Laboratories who claimed breakthroughs in molecular electronics and superconducting fullerenes in a series of papers last year (see Nanodot post from 17 December 2001), hereís a sampling of recent press coverage:
- An item from Reuters News Service ("Bell Labs Probes Validity of Acclaimed Experiments", by Daniel Sorid, 22 May 2002).
- Kenneth Chang of the New York Times has written several in-depth articles on the story (Note: access to the NYT site if free, but requires registration):
- "Bell Labs Forms Panel to Study Claims of Research Misconduct", 21 May 2002.
- "Similar Graphs Raised Suspicions on Bell Labs Research", 23 May 2002.
- "A Sudden Host of Questions on Bell Labs Breakthroughs", 28 May 2002.
- The story was also covered in an article in Chemical and Engineering News ("Bell Labs papers questioned", by Mitch Jacoby, 27 May 2002.)