How Fear-mongers Can Arm Nano-terrorists

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Nanotechnology columnist, Scott Rickert, charges partisan, "wild claims, half-truths and incendiary accusations," played a role in pipe-bomb nano-terrorist attack on university researcher.

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Dr. Scott Rickert writes the Taking the NanoPulse column for IndustryWeek,com is CEO of Nanofilm.

Nano-terrorists have built a movement on the wild claims, half-truths and incendiary accusations that are becoming all too common in the not-so-civil discourse about nanotech.

Who’s responsible for the recent pipe bomb mailed by nano-terrorists to a professor at Mexico’s Monterrey Technological Institute? “We are,” says Dr. Scott Rickert in his recent Taking the Nanopulse column on IndustryWeek.com. “The nano-terrorists have built a movement on the wild claims, half-truths and incendiary accusations that are becoming all too common in the not-so-civil discourse about nanotech.”

Two professors were only slightly injured in the incident, but the threat has sent shockwaves through the nanotechnology community. The manifesto of the group claiming responsibility praises the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski. Rickert notes, “The nano-terrorist’s manifesto rages about ‘gray goo’, ‘nano-bacteriological war’, and ‘the explosion of nano-pollution’ to justify their promise to ‘Open fire on the development of nanotechnology and those who support it!’”

Rickert urges policymakers, researchers, executives and environmentalists, to, “put aside the rhetoric of supermarket tabloids and late-night news-talk shock jocks. It’s time to have an adult dialog about nanotechnology and environmental issues.” In addition to tragic human cost, he notes the risk nano-terrorism poses the global economy, noting that nanotechnology is, “the powerful fuel for new products that drive manufacturing, recovery and growth.”

The full article, titled Are You Helping to Build a Bomb Today? can be read at IndustryWeek.com or on the Nanofilm website.

About Scott Rickert. He is the co-founder and CEO of Nanofilm. He has been the nanotechnology columnist for IndustryWeek.com since 2006. He is a founding board member of the Nanobusiness Commercialization Association and the Nano-Network and frequently writes and speaks on nanotechnology research and commercialization.

About Nanofilm ([http://www.nanofilmtechnology.com) The company is a leader in nanofilm technology and self-assembling thin films for a variety of substrates and surfaces. With an in-house team of nanotechnology specialists, the company continues to leverage its rich technological strengths and core competences to capture growth opportunities in nanotechnology applications worldwide. Nanofilm is a privately held company with headquarters in Valley View, Ohio, near Cleveland.

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