Tuesday, December 9, 2008

religion and nanotechnology

Cool study that just came out in Nature Nano and made a splash in the media:
"Religious beliefs and public attitudes toward nanotechnology in Europe and the United States"

Scheufele et al., Nature Nanotechnology, doi:10.1038/nnano.2008.361

The higher a country ranks on a "religiosity" scale, the less likely the residents are to be accepting of nanotechnology. Residents of France, Sweden and Denmark are statistically the mostly likely to blaspheme themselves with nano-putian heathens:

(picture shamelessly stolen from CBC's classic lolnano post).

Interestingly, it doesn't seem to match up with the current public funding situation.

(via BoingBoing)

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