You may have noticed that I haven't posted in a few days. I've been busy working on another potentially dangerous technology.
I've recently become aware of an instance of biotech research that appears to potentially be extremely dangerous. The researchers acknowledge some of the danger, but may be too confident in their safety measures.
I've been working for the past week or two to pull together a group of scientists and risk experts, to build an opinion on the risk and whether it's appropriate to ask for the work to be postponed. This has been taking a substantial amount of my time. But we may have only months to affect the course of this research, while we probably have several years until molecular manufacturing arrives.
At this point, it seems likely that "going through channels" will get better results than applying grassroots pressure. And it's still possible that the risk is less than I think, in which case it would be unfortunate to raise alarm toward a group doing valuable and relatively safe scientific work.
That's why I'm not being specific about what the research is: it's too early for mass action or publicity (and it may never be needed). If all goes well, and the level of scientific alarm either grows to be self-sustaining or shrinks due to a finding of low risk, I'll be able to re-focus on CRN in a few weeks.
Meanwhile, I'll keep posting here every few days. My next post will probably be on RepRap - just in the last few days, it's achieved an exciting new capability. Watch this space...