Science provides fascinating answers (not to mention many myriads of new questions), but all too often they are theoretical answers. It takes more than a screwdriver and a bit of ingenuity to turn them into practical outcomes that can be applied to everyday life. Such a bridge between the scientist and the technician, between the invention and the gadget you buy at the shop around the corner, is called ‘technology’. And ‘industry’ is what turns raw materials, technology and work into gadgets and big money. It’s far from easy to tell where the one ends and the other begins, but let’s give it a try here.