There was a big announcement yesterday from Canada’s Minister of Industry, Jim Prentice, that the federal government was investing $4.6M in R&D for “next-generation nanotechnology-based coatings for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program.” The JSF is a US-led international programme although I didn’t see mention of any countries other than Canada and the US. There aren’t any specifics about the materials or the science of it all, presumably those would fall under the category of military secrets. You can go here for some general details about the company (Integran) that will be getting the money and the university (Univ. of Toronto) involvement.
I got an invitation for an event that the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies is holding on Sept. 30, 2008. It’s called Results of Nanotechnology and Synthetic Biology Public Opinion Poll? The opinion poll is fresh as it was held in August 2008. You do need to rsvp if you’re planning to attend the live event in Washington or you can view the live webcast without an rsvp. The event will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 pm Eastern Time. I will post about this again closer to the date. On a side note, they still have not managed to reschedule the L’Oreal event where there was going to be a discussion about cosmetics, nanotechnology, risk, and the precautionary principle.