Who would win in a battle: Unicorns or Gray Goo?

Unicorns are incredibly potent magical creatures whose horns pack a lot of healing and transformative power. Meanwhile, gray goo is the nightmare scenario for nanotechnology, in which nanotech runs wild forever, turning all organic matter into more of itself. But if these two amazing phenomena collided, which one of… » 10/04/12 1:00pm 10/04/12 1:00pm

Terrorists attack nanotechnology labs with bombs, claiming they fear…

A group of self-identified terrorists has sent several mail bombs to nanotechnology labs and researchers in Latin America, injuring two people earlier this month in the engineering department at the Monterrey Institute of Technology outside Mexico City. In an online manifesto, the group calls itself Individualists… » 8/26/11 11:03am 8/26/11 11:03am

Gray Goo Can't Do All The Things You Say It Can Do

Science fiction authors give too much credit to nanotech, which hasn't achieved all that much in real life (besides giving us pretty pictures) so far. But science fiction authors claim it can do everything, from destroying the world to turning you into a superhuman. Complains Santa Cruz SF writer Christopher Bradley: » 12/26/08 3:00pm 12/26/08 3:00pm

Your Face Cream Will One Day Eat The World

Artificial intelligences aren't going to take over Earth by building a bunch of robotic fashion models to karate-chop us to death. Instead, the A.I. takeover will come from a nasty nano-tech sludge that consumes all matter in its path to recreate itself endlessly. This "gray goo" scenario has popped up in novels by… » 2/27/08 9:00am 2/27/08 9:00am