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Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: July 16, 2008

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Top Nano News of the Week

Nanotechnology therapies for cancer progress, block metastasis

In experiments in mice, chemotherapy drugs encapsulated in nanoparticles targeted to the blood vessels that supply nutrients to tumor cells prevented the usually fatal spread of the cancer to additional sites…

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Nanotechnology mimics virus sizes and shapes for more efficient gene therapy

A nanotech replacement for virus vectors offers a safer way to introduce DNA into cells for gene therapy. The combination of specially designed peptides and a polymer scaffolding makes it possible to mimic the variety of sizes and shapes that viruses have evolved to efficiently insert their genes into cells…

Nanotechnology may decrease energy costs for desalination

Following an announcement two years ago that "Nanotube membranes offer [the] possibility of cheaper desalination", scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have continued progress toward the goal of nanotech membranes for water purification that will greatly decrease the energy cost for desalination…

Artificial DNA base pairs for nanotechnology building blocks

An 'artificial DNA' in which the two natural DNA base pairs have been replaced by two non-natural base pairs may provide useful new nanotech building blocks…

Nanotechnology may allow hip implants to sense growth of new bone

Growing multiwalled carbon nanotubes on a titanium surface enhances the electrochemical behavior of the surface in a way that might lead to better implants for hip replacements. The nanotech-prepared titanium surface serves as a sensor to detect bone formation…

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis

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November 15-16, 2008
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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.
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Nanotech Events

National Nano Engineering Conference 2008
America's premier nano engineering conference
November 12-13, 2008
The Colonnade Hotel, Boston, MA

The National Nano Engineering Conference 2008 (NNEC) is the premier event focused on current and future developments in engineering innovations at the nanoscale, as well as the commercialization of nanotechnology.

Presentations on new technologies and their commercial applications in the following disciplines:

  • Advanced Materials
  • Bio/Medicine
  • Electronics
  • Energy & Environmental
  • Aerospace & Defense

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