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Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: April 30, 2008

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Top Nano News of the Week

Complex molecular nanotechnology systems to be built in Netherlands

It's great to see ambitious goals being set in nanotechnology, like these "molecular mini-factories"…

Work such as this is on the pathway to productive nanosystems…

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Large area graphene films may lead to inexpensive nanotech solar cells

In a proof-of-concept demonstration, large area graphene films several atomic layers thick were inexpensively produced…

Graphene looks more and more like the ideal material for nanotech transistors

In the rush of nanotechnology toward molecular-scale electronics for computers, graphene has now been shown to retain essential properties when used to make transistors at the one-nanometer-scale. However, reliable fabrication of devices at this size scale remains an obstacle…

Reynolds promotes nanotechnology for Earth Day

Foresight advisor Glenn Reynolds opines about nanotech in the NY Post for Earth Day…

Using X-rays to check molecular motion simulations could improve nanotechnology device design

Accurate computational simulations of molecular movements are important tools for developing atomically precise nanotechnology systems because how the atoms move under different conditions can determine whether or not the nanotech device works as designed. A new method of measuring "blurred" molecular motions promises to improve the accuracy of molecular motion simulations…

Nanotechnology may bring the $100-dollar personal genome in five years

By combining a nanofluidics device to stretch out a single long DNA molecule with a strategy to read five DNA letters at a time, two companies are applying nanotechnology to develop a really cheap method to sequence individual genomes to make possible individualized medicine…

Nanotech approach kills resistant cancer cells

A nanotechnology approach is being developed to selectively kill cancer cells—even those resistant to normal chemotherapy—using a peptide decorated with organic molecules called crown ethers…

Forever young with nanotechnology

To round out our week in nanotech on an upbeat note, we have Caltech professor Michael Roukes' podcast over at Earth & Sky: Forever Young. In addition to the podcast, and there's more at the Power of Small television show on medical applications of nanotechnology, which also appears to use the title Forever Young…

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis and Christine Peterson

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