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April 2nd, 2009

A Rational Debate on Australian Nanotech? - No Chance, Mate!

Tim Harper: The Australian branch of Friends of the Earth, who really really hate nanotechnology, yes really, and will do anything they can to stop it (despite not being quite sure what it is) are threatening apoplexy, tantrums and running naked through the streets of Canberra painted blue as a result of the Australian Governments decision to have a "Nanodialogue on Nanotechnology and Food Regulation."

The do seem rather Stalinist when it comes to the idea any discussion of the role of nanotechnologies, and have refused to take part with the assertion that the "primary purpose (of the Australian Office of Nanotechnology) in this area is to promote uncritical public acceptance of nanotechnology."This does seem a little hypocritical for an organisation which seems to have gone out of its way to promote uncritical public hostility to nanotechnologies.


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