Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: October 16, 2008
Discuss these news stories at http://foresight.org/nanodot.
Will "blocking patents" delay nanotech advances, as has happened with biotech medical advances? A Canadian non-profit group named The Innovation Partnership has released a report…
Christine Peterson passes along this news from the quarterly update of the Institute for the Future (IFTF) as something worth considering: "Foresight members and Nanodot readers may wish to join this collaborative forecasting effort." The IFTF announced their First Massively Multiplayer Forecasting Platform…
Nanotech applications using nanoparticles to deliver drugs in the body may have to add another dimension to their design considerations—different chemical surfaces covering a nanoparticle can attract different types of blood proteins to coat the nanoparticle, which might affect how the nanoparticle moves through the body and where it ends up…
Nanotech methods for making very small electronic devices may benefit from a new ability to make block copolymers self-assemble into square arrays…
Dutch scientists have demonstrated controlling the motion of an atomic scale mechanical device, although whether more complex nanotech devices could be controlled by the mechanism at work here remains to be seen. Upon exposure to electrons from an STM tip, pairs of platinum atoms on a germanium surface can be made to pivot on one atom, swinging back and forth like a flipper on a pinball machine…
—Nanodot posts by James Lewis
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