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Foresight Institute Weekly News Digest: February 12, 2009

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Top News of the Week

Singularity, part 1

This the first essay in a series exploring if, when, and how the Singularity will happen, why (or why not) we should care, and what, if anything, we should do about it…

In this issue:

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How to specify semiconductor or metallic graphene for use in nanotechnology

Computer simulations have shown that graphene deposited on a silicon dioxide surface will be either a semiconductor or a metal depending on whether the underlying layer is terminated with oxygen atoms or passivated with hydrogen atoms…

Cool new nanocars

A new nanocar that runs cool — at room temperature — has been demonstrated by the research group of Stephan Link, colleague of James Tour at Rice…

Optimizing hierarchical protein design for nanotechnology

New computational results reveal how the proper hierarchical assembly of smaller protein domains optimizes mechanical properties…

Controlling bone-forming cells through nanotechnology

Nanotech may soon provide a solution for one of the more vexing problems in tissue engineering—how to control the differentiation of pluripotent or multipotent precursor cells into the specific cells needed to fix a specific problem…

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis and J. Storrs Hall

Foresight Events – Lectures

Foresight Lectures

April 2, 2009
Stanford Law, Science and Technology Colloquium
Palo Alto, California
Christine Peterson will speak to LLM students on legal, ethical and public policy issues in nanotechnology.
Click here for details

June 17-18, 2009
Size Matters 2009: the future fields of application, opportunities and ethical challenges of nanoscience
Saarbrücken, Germany
Christine Peterson will speak on Nanotechnology & Open Source Sensing.
Click here for conference details

Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology

Do you believe that nanotechnology will give society the ability to tackle the hard challenges facing humanity? What's your priority for nanotechnology: cancer treatments and longevity therapies, sustainable energy, clean water, a restored environment, space development, or "zero waste" manufacturing? Or perhaps there are potential nanotech scenarios you would like to prevent.

If you would like to help influence the direction of this powerful technology, please consider becoming a member of Foresight Institute. With your support, Foresight will continue to educate the general public on beneficial nanotechnology and what it will mean to our society.

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O'Reilly ETech Emerging Technologies Conference 2009
The Technology of Abundance and Constraints
March 9-12, 2009
San Jose, CA USA

  • The place where theories mingle with real-world application and do their best work together, giving you essentials to stay ahead of the curve in your workplace and industry
  • A participant-rich conference experience that encourages play and exchange of ideas with some of the biggest names in emerging technology
  • Includes FreeTech, the ETech community-run "unconference"

Visit Foresight in the exhibit hall.
SAVE 15% by using Foresight discount code et09fore.

NanoManufacturing Conference & Exhibits 2009
What's Happening TODAY and Tomorrow!
April 1-2, 2009
Minneapolis MN USA

Call for Presenters

Looking to understand what nanotechnology means for you? Need to understand how and why nanotechnology can improve your products, process and may even cut costs? Interested in learning about the latest applications and trends in top-down fabrication and bottom-up assembly techniques? Then this event is for you!

See pre-conference tutorial by Foresight Senior Associate Tihamer Toth-Fejel, including Atomically-Precise Manufacturing and Productive Nanosystems.

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