In May 2006, the nanotechnology consultancy
firm Lux Research published a report entitled
‘‘Taking action on nanotech environmental, safety
and health risks’’ (Lux Research, 2006). The report
addressed the potential impact of real and perceived
risks on nano-businesses from a commercial
perspective, and concluded that ‘‘One of the biggest
challenges facing firms commercializing
nanotechnology innovations today is managing
environmental, health and safety (EHS) risks)’’.
At this point in history, tremendous human progress becomes possible
through converging technologies stimulated by advances in four core fields:
Nanotechnology, Biotechnology Information technology, and new
technologies based in Cognitive science (NBIC). Many individual authors
had noticed the gathering convergence of technical disciplines, and
sociobiologist E. O. Wilson wrote an especially influential 1998 book on the
emerging harmony among the sciences.
Every member of the product team is important. To succeed, a company must design,
build, test and market the product effectively. That said, there is one role that is
absolutely crucial to producing a good product, yet it is often the most misunderstood
and underutilized of all the roles. This is the role of the product manager.
In this paper we discuss the role and responsibilities of the good product manager, and
then we look at the characteristics of good product managers, where to find them, and
how to develop them.1...
This book pioneers life-saving innovations and assists in the combat against world
hunger and food shortages that threaten human essentials, such as water and energy
supply. Floods, droughts, fires, storms, climate change, global warming and
greenhouse gas emissions can be devastating, altering the environment and,
ultimately, the production of foods.
Technology is a powerful force of change in our world. We live longer and
arguably better lives than our great-great-grandparents because of advances
in medical, communication, and transportation technology. As we enter this
new century there is apparently no end in sight for the transformative potential
of human innovation. However, there is now ample evidence that the
real legacy of invention is defined in equal parts by its benefits to society
as well as its costs. There is no technology that comes without some level of
At the turn of the millennium, we must question the basic expectations of
technology. As new technologies can have a great impact on industry and
economy, much is expected of technology. Society expects economic results
from technology. Ought not the fi eld of textile technology to change its direction
to concentrate on meeting, through new inventions and discoveries, the most
important and essential needs, such as widening our views of the world, creating
new cultures, protecting our health, keeping us safe, and raising the quality of
our daily lives and welfare?...
Typically the processes are adapted from wood processing which benefit from
the larger mill size (Paper I). However, concerns associated with the local
availability of non-wood raw material force pulp mills to remain small and thus
lead to the need for processes to be as simple as possible in order to be
competitive unless very valuable by-products can also be extracted.
The benefits of utilising agro-fibres are their generally lower lignin content
compared with woods (Grant 1958, Hurter 1988).
Gecko’s feet, lotus leaves, blue butterfly wings, spider’s silk, fireflies, mother-of-pearl…. All
these wonders of nature, which traditionally filled the pages of natural history magazines
have attracted the attention of materials scientists over the past decades. They have often
been presented as models to design and engineer optimal structures. And this renewed
interest in natural systems has undoubtedly brought about innovating strategies in
chemistry, materials science and nanotechnology....
Nanotechnology has received tremendous interest over the last decade, not only from the
scientific community but also from a business perspective and from the general public.
Although nanotechnology is still at the largely unexplored frontier of science, it has the
potential for extremely exciting technological innovations that will have an enormous impact
on areas as diverse as information technology, medicine, energy supply and probably
many others. The miniaturization of devices and structures will impact the speed of devices
and information storage capacity.
What are the challenges the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and related federal agencies face when allocating limited resources so that worker health and safety go hand in hand with innovation and technical progress? This was the central issue addressed at a workshop on nanotechnology
The dissemination of micro-electronics during the 1980s led to innovation. On the leading
edge of these technologies was the machine tool subsector. However, the Japanese were
the first to apply advanced controls and gained shares in global markets propelled by their
lead. Since then Europe has caught up and ME competes at eye level with Japan.
detailed assessment of the technological position in this area and other fields of relevance
for ME, such as nanotechnology, optics, new materials and composites, is performed in