Foresight Institute appoints Julia Bossmann as new president

Foresight Institute, a leading think-tank for transformative future technologies, such as nanotechnology, synthetic biology, and artificial intelligence, announced that Julia Bossmann has joined the organization as president.

Foresight Institute Awards Feynman Prizes in Nanotechnology to Amanda S. Barnard, Joseph W. Lyding

The Theory Prize was given for research into diamond nanoparticles; the Experimental Prize was given for development of scanning tunneling microscope (STM) technology.

Carbyne: the strongest, stiffest carbon chain

Carbyne – a straight line of carbon atoms linked by double bonds or by alternating single and triple bonds — is the next stiff, carbon-based structure with unusual and desirable properties. It has been observed under limited natural and experimental conditions, is expected to be difficult to synthesize and store, and now has been theoretically… Continue reading Carbyne: the strongest, stiffest carbon chain

Building a hub for nanotech advancement

Nanotechnology draws from physics, chemistry, engineering, computation, etc., and this multi-disciplinary nature has served as a major speed bump in achievement of envisioned nanotech goals. There has been substantial concern that the U.S. is lagging behind other countries in nanotech R&D. Now researchers, companies, and politicians are coming together to create a much-needed physical hub… Continue reading Building a hub for nanotech advancement

Nanoscale box aids single-molecule optical detection

Good old fashioned boxes are here to stay, even in the context of nanoscale devices. Across a broad range of technologies and size regimes, boxes serve as containers for components, barriers against contaminants and/or radiation, and, as in the case of cell membranes, can be permeable to allow selected interactions between the interior and exterior.… Continue reading Nanoscale box aids single-molecule optical detection

Shape may play an important role in nanoparticle-based therapeutics

Researchers from Johns Hopkins and Northwestern Universities developed a set of shape-tunable DNA-copolymer nanoparticles that incorporate a fixed amount of DNA yet display as much as 1,680-fold difference in transfection efficiency in rat liver studies. The study may shed new light on the importance of shape in nanoparticle-based drug delivery and gene therapy.

Feynman Prizes in Nanotechnology Awarded by Foresight Institute

Palo Alto, CA – December 20, 2010 – The Foresight Institute, a nanotechnology education and public policy think tank based in Palo Alto, has announced the winners of the prestigious 2010 Foresight Institute Feynman Prizes in Nanotechnology. Established in 1993 in honor of Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman, two $5,000 prizes are awarded in two… Continue reading Feynman Prizes in Nanotechnology Awarded by Foresight Institute

Congressman Commends Focus on Job Creation in National Nanotechnology Initiative Draft Strategic Plan

Research and Science Education Subcommittee Chairman Dan Lipinski (IL-03) expressed his strong support for the National Nanotechnology Initiative’s draft Strategic Plan, in particular its focus on ensuring that America’s substantial investment in nanotech research and development is turned into new companies, products, and jobs.

Project launched to create and test a molecular-sized processor chip

Singapore and European Union launch project to create and test a molecular-sized processor chip.

Join us at Singularity Summit, Aug. 14-15 on intelligence augmentation

Many Foresight leaders and members will be gathering at this year’s Singularity Summit in San Francisco, expected to draw up to 1100 participants.  It’s a bit pricey, but it’s for a good cause and there are student and referral discounts plus discounts on the hotel rooms.  I can testify that this is a fun and… Continue reading Join us at Singularity Summit, Aug. 14-15 on intelligence augmentation