Today's edition of the Yorkshire (UK) Post includes a story titled "Extremely Small Is Beautiful," which says:
Earlier, this year, Yorkshire Forward announced a £5m funding package for Yorkshire academics involved in nanotechnology. Around £2.12m of this cash will be spent on creating a Nanofactory, based at the University of Leeds in partnership with the universities of Bradford and Sheffield. [emphasis added]
Say, that's exciting! They're spending £2.12m (US $3.7 million) to create a nanofactory?
Well, actually, no. They've just appropriated the name for a new nanomanufacturing center, doing basic nanoscale technology. The things they're working on -- biomedical products, optical coatings, and nanofibres for various applications -- are useful, but to use the label 'nanofactory' is extremely misleading and needlessly confusing.