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Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: May 14, 2008

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Top Nano News of the Week

Nanotechnology motors use enhanced catalysis to surpass speeds of biological motors

At the macro scale engineered motors are far more powerful than biological motors, but this has not been true with nanotech motors. Now, by adding carbon nanotubes to catalytic nanowires, nanotechnology has produced simple nanomotors that can surpass biological motors (somewhat)…

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New nanotechnology method grows nanotrees from nanowires

Forests of spiraling nanotrees made from lead sulfide nanowires may lead to new nanotech approaches for producing one-dimensional nanostructures based on designed dislocations rather than metal catalysts to control growth…

Could nanotechnology use clusters of boron atoms to dope graphene nanodevices?

Preliminary theoretical calculations show that it might be possible to develop a nanotech application in which clusters of a few boron atoms connect very small graphene semiconductors to make nanoelectronic devices…

Core-shell nanoparticles reveal how nanotechnology can improve cancer drug delivery

Studies of how molecules are released from nanoparticles when they encounter cancer cells and of how the nanoparticles break down prematurely while circulating in the blood point toward ways to improve the nanotech delivery of therapeutic drugs into cancer cells…

Nanodot readers invited to create/edit nano-scenarios

We've received an invitation to participate in the Center for Nanotechnology in Society's project to build and critique nanotechnology scenarios. Current topics to edit in the wiki, or you can add your own …

Nanotechnology melts out defects after fabrication

Some nanostructures can be improved after fabrication by a new nanotech procedure that transiently and selectively liquifies the structures to remove defects…

National Citizen's Technology Forum held on nanotechnology

A while back Senior Associate Stuart Scott let us know that he had been selected to participate in a National Citizen's Technology Forum process on nanotechnology, sponsored by Arizona State and University of North Carolina, among other schools. Presumably this is funded by the social science budget of the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative, via NSF. Regarding topics covered…

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis and Christine Peterson

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