Small World is a blog about developments in nanotechnology commissioned and run by the guardian. Nanomedicine Lab members have been invited to contribute on innovative ideas emerging in the field of nanomedicine worldwide. Watch this space for our blog contributions and the discussions they will spark!

Friday 24 January 2014

We face being buried under an avalanche of Chinese science

I was chatting with a friend and collaborator based in Germany recently about the completion of a new building that his university was constructing, dedicated to biomedical imaging sciences. I was sharing my own exhilaration about the serious investment that our government, regional agencies and the EU were making in graphene research … read on


Thursday 19 December 2013

I have a dream, that one day scientists and philosophers will join hands

As a researcher in academia, one gets to visit different cities and campuses, giving talks and seminars to students, colleagues and sometimes (the more courageous among us) the public. Describing the science that takes place in your laboratory is not an easy process, however, in particular because the audience has a lot of expectations ….read on


Friday 29 November 2013

Is it time to call a truce in the ‘battle against disease’?

Almost every night I have watched the news these past few months my senses have been assaulted by unpleasant, at times distressing, images of war: missiles, killings and chemical bombs in Syria, Kenya, the USA. I wake up the next morning, trying to forget what I watched the night before, …read on


Monday 12 August 2013

Massive science projects won’t crack the code of the human brain

A lot of publicity in both the scientific and mass media was recently prompted by the huge investment that the European commission and, very soon after, the US government made in two large research projects that aim to unravel how the human brain works. … read on


Wednesday 3 July 2013

Is nanotechnology safe?

I have a confession to make. I never thought, when I started our laboratory in 1998 at the medical school of Cornell University in New York, that I would ever be concerned about the possible toxic effects of exotic (and, back then, hardly invented) nanomaterials. I was a junior professor training clinical fellows, …. read on


Monday 3 June 2013

Yes, nanoscience can enhance humans – but ethical guidelines must be agreed

Engineers are trained to try to figure out how to achieve things that humans cannot and in nanoscience and nanotechnology that challenge is no different. Many of the most exciting advances in the field try to improve human incapacities with things such as memory, hearing, stamina or intellect. In my field of nanomedicine… read on


Tuesday 23 April 2013

Nanotechnology: striking a balance between glorification and ‘grey goo’

Great things can happen when you think small: thousands of times smaller than a grain of sand, much finer than your thinnest hair. So small that swimming among water molecules would feel as though you were in a pool of thick jam… read on