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Foresight Update 23.41: DNA-based ‘robotic’ assembly begins—June 7, 2010

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Modeling the recharging of used hydrogen abstraction tool

Foresight Feynman Prize winner Robert Freitas brings to our attention the first published theoretical study of DMS (diamond mechanosynthesis) tool-workpiece operating envelopes and optimal tooltip trajectories for a complete positionally controlled reaction sequence, which he did with colleagues in Russia.…

Nanotechnologist running for U.S. Congress

Bill McDonald brings to our attention the U.S. Congressional campaign of Mike Stopa, a Harvard nanotechnologist and physicist.

This is probably the first time that a nanotechnologist has run for Congress. …

Do-It-Yourself DNA nanotechnology from Caltech

Kevin Bullis reports in Technology Review:

Now Paul Rothemund, a computer scientist at Caltech, with a background in biology, has developed a relatively inexpensive way to quickly design and build arbitrary shapes and patterns using DNA — and, he says, it’s simple enough for high-school students to use

DNA-based ‘robotic’ assembly begins

John Faith brings to our attention a writeup by Annalee Newitz over at io9.com which colorfully describes a new achievement by Foresight Feynman prizewinner Nadrian Seeman and team at NYU and Nanjing U. …

“Oceans”: it’s what keeps us working toward nanotech

For many of us, it’s our desire to preserve and restore the environment that brought us into the work of pursuing molecular nanotechnology in the first place. How do we keep going over the decades that this goal is taking to accomplish?

One way is to restore our enthusiasm for the goal through films such as “Oceans“, the documentary now showing in mainstream movie theaters.

Nanotechnology and life extension: challenge & response

The Mark, “Canada’s daily online forum for news, commentary, and debate,” has published a commentary that primarily takes a negative view of the use of nanotech (or any tech) for life extension

Open Science Summit 2010, July 29-31, w/ Foresight discount

I’ll be speaking at the following event. If you miss the early registration rate, you can get 20% off regular registration with the discount code ‘Foresight’:

Open Science Summit 2010: Updating the Social Contract for Science 2.0
July 29-31 International House Berkeley
http://opensciencesummit.com

Ready for a rapid, radical reboot of the global innovation system for a truly free and open 21st century knowledge economy? Join us at the first Open Science Summit, an attempt to gather all stakeholders who want to liberate our scientific and technological commons to enable an new era of decentralized, distributed innovation to solve humanity’s greatest challenges.

Debate: “How do we get there from here?” at SME nano conference

Here we present a special report from Dave Conz of ASU on Josh Hall’s talk and subsequent panel discussion at the SME nanotech conference. An excerpt…

—Nanodot posts by Christine Peterson

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July 30, 2010
Open Science Summit
Berkeley, California
Christine Peterson will speak on Open Source Sensing.
Click here for conference details

If you miss the early registration rate, you can get 20% off regular registration with the discount code ‘Foresight’.

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.

Since 1986, the Foresight Institute has been in the forefront of a worldwide community of visionaries who work to help shape these possibilities into a positive, beneficial reality. If you would like to help us understand the potential of these technologies, and influence their direction, please consider becoming a member of the Foresight community. With your support, Foresight will continue to educate the general public on these technologies and what they will mean to our society.

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Events

H+ Summit @ Harvard: Rise of the Citizen-Scientist
The H+ Summit @ Harvard is an educational, and scientific outreach event, that covers the themes of the impact of technology on the human condition. It is hosted, and organized by the Harvard College Future Society, in cooperation with Humanity+.
June 12-13, 2010
Harvard University Science Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

"The H+ Summit is a two day event that explores how humanity will be radically changed by technology in the near future. Visionary speakers will explore the potential of technology to modify your body, mind, life, and world.

What will it mean to be a human in this next phase of technological development? How can we prepare now for coming changes?"

MAM-10
5th IUPAC-Sponsored International Symposium on Macro- and Supramolecular Architectures and Materials
New Science & Technologies for the Improvement of Human Living Standards
August 15-20, 2010
Montego Bay, Jamaica

"The scientific program will cover key developments in the syntheses, structural elucidation, behavior, and potential applications of new compounds, materials, and supramolecular or macromolecular aggregates."

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