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Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: June 4, 2008

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Top Nano News of the Week

Nanotechnology could revolutionize diagnostics

Scientists from Seattle, Pasadena, and Brisbane have developed and commercialized a nanotech barcode that could revolutionize medical diagnostics by providing a very sensitive method of counting individual messenger RNA molecules to determine what genes are being expressed in particular cells…

In this issue:

Foresight Event – Vision Weekend
Foresight Senior Associate Letter now on the way
Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology - Join Foresight
Conference – Free conference tickets available for Senior Associates
Foresight Lectures
Contact Foresight

Nanotechnology: adding graphene to make superior polymers

Nanotech materials useful for a wide variety of applications may result from the discovery that adding very small amounts of graphene to polymers greatly increases the desirable properties of the polymers, and does so more cheaply than similar nanocomposites using functionalized single-wall nanotubes…

Nanotechnology proposed for real-time monitoring of biohazard infections

Current nanotech capabilities have been incorporated into a proposed architecture for medical nanorobots to control epidemic diseases. Roland Piquepaille describes the recently published design architecture…

A golden crown for nanotechnology

Gold nanoparticles of varying size have been a tool for building nanostructures since the early days of nanotech, but Chinese scientists have recently built an atomically precise structure directed by bonds between gold atoms—a crown of 36 gold atoms coordinating surrounding organic molecules…

Nanotechnology builds artificial virus for possible therapeutic use

Korean scientists have developed a nanotech method of producing filament-shaped artificial viruses that, in preliminary experiments, show promise in delivering genetic materials and other molecules into cultured human cells…

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis

Foresight Event – Vision Weekend

November 15-16, 2008
Foresight Vision Weekend
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Foresight joins with other advanced tech groups to sponsor Convergence 08 at the Computer History Museum. Website to be announced soon.

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Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology

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NanoMaterials08
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July 7-9, 2008
The Newcastle Marriott Hotel, Gosforth Park, UK

Following the huge success of our inaugural conference which attracted over 200 delegates, NanoCentral® and IntertechPira are pleased to bring you NanoMaterials08. Taking place between 7-9 July at the Newcastle Marriott Hotel, this is the only event of its kind to focus on the commercialisation of nanomaterials. NanoMaterials08 is made up of poster sessions, workshops, exhibitions, a conference and social programme, and will feature a variety of national and international companies active in the nanomaterials revolution. With over 400 attendees expected, this event will provide excellent networking and learning opportunities, and is not to be missed.

Nanotech Northern Europe 2008
Europe's largest annual nanotechnology conference
September 23-25, 2008
Copenhagen, Denmark

Nanotech Northern Europe brings together the field's top scientists and leading international companies in order to advance the beneficial use of nanotechnology. The 2008 event concentrates around three application areas:

  • Sustainable solutions for energy and environment
  • Nanotechnology-enabled ICT (info & communication technologies)
  • Nanobiotechnology and nanomedicine

The program also features sessions on:

  • Global nanotechnology and business development
  • Safety and risk management
  • Tech transfer

Foresight Lectures

July 23, 2008
OSCON: O'Reilly Open Source Convention
Portland, Oregon
Christine Peterson will give a keynote on open source and nanotechnology.
Click here for conference details

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