A team of Japanese scientists have created an enzyme-based biofuel cell they hope to use as a power source for implantable devices in humans. Pacemakers, insulin pumps, sensors and prosthetic units could all be powered one day by such simple “one compartment” biofuel cells.
Artist Elio Caccavale has developed a series of toys that symbolize the emergence of biological hybrids. MyBio reactor cow, for example, shows how cows produce proteins in their milk for pharmaceutical drugs.
Keith Blakely is the CEO of NanoDynamics, a company offering nanotechnology solutions ranging from energy, water processing, and personal and national security to medicine, electronics, advanced materials and consumer products. They were named one of the world’s top ten nanotechnology startups of 2006. Hear him discuss solid oxide fuel cells for cleaner energy, Cell-Pore technology for water filtration and bioremediation, and the future of nano-manufacturing.
The American Bar Association offers seven free reports on nanotechnology law. From an overview “Nanotechnology Briefing Paper” to specifics such as “The Adequacy of FIFRA to Regulate Nanotechnology-Based Pesticides” and “RCRA Regulation of Wastes from the Production, Use, and Disposal of Nanomaterials,” the reports offer a wealth of information on the legal aspects of nanotech development. The site also provides details on the upcoming ABA teleconference, “Nanotechnology and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).”
Sir Richard Branson is putting up $25 million to fix global climate change. Bill Gates is pumping even more into biotechnology for Africa. That got me thinking, what’s my legacy? What would I want to be remembered for? So here’s what I’d hope someone would say about me on my 100th. It’s definitely an exercise in vanity, but what do you expect? You wouldn’t want people criticizing you on your 100th birthday, would you?
George Elvin has worked all his life to ensure that emerging technologies are used beneficially and responsibly. Fifty years ago, when nanotechnology and biotechnology were first emerging, he created Green Technology Forum to help businesses and individuals take charge of their futures and seize the unprecedented opportunity these technologies offered for living more sustainably on a strained planet.
The information and insights Green Technology Forum provided through advising, commentary, news, and research empowered people of vision to be proactive and define the goals and direction of nanotechnology and biotechnology development, rather than be passively shaped by them.
Time has shown that we can use technology wisely, and we’re grateful to George and the other green technology pioneers of the early 21st century for helping us shape a better life on a healthier planet.
What’s your legacy?