Metamodern.com focuses on news, directions, and objectives in science and technology, often with a specific perspective in mind: how current progress can contribute to the development of advanced nanosystems. I find that this system-building perspective often suggests research opportunities and rewards that might otherwise be missed. I sometimes suggest research objectives that seem practical, valuable, and ready for serious pursuit.

However, like Engines of Creation, this blog isn’t intended to be just “about nanotechnology”; I also address broader issues involving technologies that will bring global change. Social software and the computational infrastructure of our global society are high on the list.

And, of course, there’s the more bloggy sort of blogging — personal news, observations, upcoming event and so on.

I hope that you’ll enjoy browsing, and the Top Posts tab is a good place to start.

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Some of my posts on Metamodern are part of a broader discussion of pathways toward advanced nanotechnology. I’m writing them as an information resource, not as a news record, so I’ll sometimes edit them to correct or fill in details and to enrich them with links. I also plan to revise the titles and subheadings of some of them to do a better job of describing their contents and their roles in ongoing series.

Other posts discuss a wider range of topics that are sometimes connected with current events. I’m treating these more like a fixed record, a sort of “web log” of news, ideas, and commentary. For similar reasons, changes I make in response to reader comments will be marked as such.


Substantive, on-topic comments are welcome and encouraged, including comments that provide information, raise questions, explain contrary views (but no crank opinions, please), and so on. Comments that are off topic risk being rejected, and given the purpose of this blog, the topic will rarely be some specific person. If someone proposes a bad idea, criticize the idea, not the person.

About the banner and sidebar images:

The banner shows shows a band of the surface of the 50S subunit of a ribosome, modeled and rendered in atomic detail. The gold parts represent RNA, the blue parts represent protein, and the red part is the chemically active adenine at the heart of the programmable machine that life has used to build every protein made in the last several billion years.

The sidebar header shows a sample of an image of atoms of gold (colorized!) produced by the FEI Titan aberration-corrected 300 kV transmission electron microscope. The scale-bar length is about 3 light-attoseconds. Aberration-corrected TEM is recent advance in the state of the art of subatomic-resolution imaging.

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