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Foresight Update 23.17: Advanced nanotechnology needed to save Earth - April 23, 2009

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Top News of the Week

Earth Day as if Earth mattered

Earth day is April 22 and it is appropriate to think about the future of the Earth and its biosphere. The key word here is think. What popularly passes for environmental concern today has evolved into something much more resembling a religion than scientifically-informed values…

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Graphene edges closer to atomically precise nanotechnology

Two papers in a recent issue of Science suggest that graphene is rapidly moving from being "just" a nanotech wonder material to becoming relevant to atomically precise nanotechnologies…

Mindsteading

…Nanotech will be valuable for such efforts as seasteading and absolutely necessary for space colonization. However, there is one other technology that may help out quite a bit and is much more amenable to improvement without large research grants. That is AI…

Nanotechnology builds battery on a virus framework

One route to atomically precise productive nanosystems envisions starting with modular molecular composite nanosystems (MMCNs) in which DNA, proteins, and other molecules and nanostructures are combined to form three-dimensional frameworks to which various functional components are attached…

Nanotechnology pulls DNA through nanopore slowly enough to read sequence

Using a magnetic bead to slowly pull a DNA molecule through a solid-sate nanopore looks promising as the basis for a very fast and efficient nanotech DNA sequencing method…

—Nanodot posts by J. Storrs Hall and James Lewis

Foresight Events – Lectures

Foresight Lectures

May 28-29, 2009
1st Annual Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence Symposium
Palo Alto, California
Christine Peterson will speak on beneficial medical nanotechnologies.
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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.
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August 20-22, 2009
Gnomedex: a technology conference of inspiration and influence
Seattle, Washington
Christine Peterson will speak on life extension.
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Foreseeing Future Technologies

Advancements in technologies such as nanotech, robotics, and biotech are promising to make major differences in our lives in the not-too-distant future, as the Industrial Revolution did to the agrarian world — to do for the physical world what the computer and Internet have done to the world of information.

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