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Nanosys’s Wise Move

Nanotech’s first big IPO is not happening. Yesterday, Nanosys announced it was withdrawing its initial public offering because of “adverse market conditions.” The plethora of analysts and pundits suddenly expert on the nanotech market (what market, you might wisely ask)…
August 5, 2004

Nanotech’s first big IPO is not happening. Yesterday, Nanosys announced it was withdrawing its initial public offering because of “adverse market conditions.” The plethora of analysts and pundits suddenly expert on the nanotech market (what market, you might wisely ask) are having a heyday on the profound question of the day: what does it all mean for the future of nanotechnology? The answer is nothing has changed: nanotech is still a few years away from having any significant commercial impact. (The more interesting question is why are all these Wall Street types following an industry that doesn’t even really exist yet.) One does have to think that Nanosys (profiled earlier this year in Technology Review) is making a smart move here–one that will let the company focus on developing the science and technology it will need if it is ever to get products out the door.

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Five poems about the mind

DREAM VENDING MACHINE I feed it coins and watch the spring coil back,the clunk of a vacuum-packed, foil-wrappeddream dropping into the tray. It dispenses all kinds of dreams—bad dreams, good dreams,short nightmares to stave off worse ones, recurring dreams with a teacake marshmallow center.Hardboiled caramel dreams to tuck in your cheek,a bag of orange dreams…

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