Just back from a meeting of ICON in Houston (agenda in PDF format). I went out a day early to sit in on a meeting focused on Rice University’s CBEN, which included a high-level summary of their research plus some in-depth examples. Especially impressive was the research on gold nanoshells to treat cancer, and work on removing arsenic from water — a worldwide problem. Also enjoyed meeting some of the team behind the NanoKids program. Overall impression: If all our tax money was as well-spent as it is at CBEN, I would be a lot less grumpy on April 15.