Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: October 9, 2008
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DARPA and a Texas fund have awarded $9.7M to investigate one nanotech path toward atomically precise manufacturing. Christine Peterson passes along this Zyvex press release from PRnewswire…
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The recent demonstration of the ability to "fully engineer the electronic band gap of graphene" is a major advance in the top-down approach to nanotech applications that take advantage of the many marvelous properties of graphene…
The 2nd International Festival for NanoArt … will be hosted in Stuttgart, Germany by NAHVISION Institute for International Culture Exchange, between November 1st and November 30th, 2008…
The Japan Space Elevator Association will hold a conference on Nov.15-16, 2008 at Miraikan (Kotoh ward,Tokyo) to draw up a proposal and timeline for a space elevator to be made possible through nanotechnology…
Objections have been raised against proposed nanotech systems composed of rigid mechanical parts because of the potential for friction to arise from van der Waals or Casimir forces between moving parts separated by only fractions of a nanometer. Now Swedish scientists have developed a computer program to calculate Casimir forces between various types of nanostructured materials, which may help to determine whether significant friction problems exist in specific designs…
A recently released poll shows that the American public is largely uniformed about both nanotechnology and synthetic biology, and furthermore that the level of public awareness about nanotechnology has not changed since 2004…
—Nanodot posts by James Lewis
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