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Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: September 12, 2007

Deadline September 17

Deadline this Monday, September 17: Register by this date to save $100 on the Productive Nanosystems Conference. Save an additional $200 by joining as a Foresight member! Contact us for special registration code.

Save the dates!

Mark these dates! The 2007 Foresight Vision Weekend will be held November 3-4 in Silicon Valley, California. This year we are experimenting with the highly popular "Unconference" format. Special thanks to Yahoo! for donating their conference center as our venue. Watch this space for more information as the event comes together.

Temporary format change

The format of the News Digest has temporarily changed to accommodate Foresight schedule changes. Instead of our usual news categories, we bring you a sample of our popular Nanodot blog posts from the preceding week. Our usual format will return shortly.
—Jim Lewis, editor

In this issue:

Foresight Events: Productive Nanosystems Conference
Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology – Join Foresight
Foresight Event – 2007 Foresight Vision Weekend
Nanodot: Body-temperature ice via nanotechnology: see video
Nanodot: Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology: 2007 Finalists announced
Nanodot: Visionary nanotechnology medical video now posted
Nanodot: The future of manufacturing: Nanotechnology
Foresight Lectures
Contact Foresight

Foresight Events

Productive Nanosystems: Launching the Technology Roadmap

Conference sponsored by Foresight Nanotech Institute and Society of Manufacturing Engineers with support from Battelle
October 9-10, 2007
DoubleTree Crystal City in Arlington, VA

Now, for the first time, the Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems will describe the R&D pathways and products resulting from this ultimate technological revolution. Join us as we explore the power of advanced "bottom-up" nanotechnology in this 14th Foresight Conference on Advanced Nanotechnology.

Feynman Prize luncheon on October 9, 2007

The full conference program (October 9, October 10) and brochure (PDF 987 KB) are now available.

Special thanks to The Waitt Family Foundation and Sun Microsystems for financial support of the Roadmap project.

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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 Nanotech Institute. With your support, Foresight will continue to educate the general public on beneficial nanotechnology and what it will mean to our society.

Members receive the Foresight Nanotech Update newsletter. For a sample from the archives, see the overview of environmental aspects of nanotech: "The development of nanotechnology provides increasingly precise and comprehensive control over the structure of matter at the molecular scale, affording many opportunities to heal and preserve the environment. Eventually molecular manufacturing will provide consumer goods inexpensively and efficiently, and without generating harmful waste products or consuming scarce resources." Join Foresight and help steer nanotech in the directions you personally support most!

Environmental overview in Update 58

To join:

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Foresight Event

Mark your calendars for this very special event. Please join us to explore nanotechnology, AI, longevity, social technologies like Prediction Markets, and other coming technologies.

We've learned that you want a highly interactive meeting, so this year we'll be experimenting with a new format including big chunks of time for the Unconference meeting style that is taking the technical world by storm.

We have a firm limit of 200 participants. The website and Wiki are coming soon. Reserve your place now by sending your name and email address to We'll let you know when registration is open!

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Nanodot: A sample from Foresight's blog

Headline: Body-temperature ice via nanotechnology: see video

Researcher Alexander Wissner-Gross let us know of his and advisor Efthimios Kaxiras's work at Harvard on modeling how to enable stable, very thin ice layers at body temperature. They modeled ice sitting on a layer of sodium attached to diamond, and sure enough, it's doesn't melt. It's speculated that such an ice layer might make diamond-toughened medical implants more biocompatible, but even if that doesn't work, it's a cool result (pun intended).

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Headline: Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology: 2007 Finalists announced

The 2007 finalists for the Experimental prize are:

  • Andrew Ellington from University of Texas at Austin
  • Matthew Francis of University of California, Berkeley
  • Kazushi Kinbara and Takuzo Aida from University of Tokyo, Japan
  • David Leigh from University of Edinburgh, UK
  • J. Fraser Stoddart from University of California, Los Angeles
  • James M. Tour from Rice University
  • Itamar Willner from Hebrew University, Israel

The 2007 Finalists for the Theory prize are:

  • Robert A. Freitas, Jr. from the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing
  • David Leigh from University of Edinburgh, UK
  • George Schatz from Northwestern University_
  • Tamar Seideman from Northwestern University

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Headline: Visionary nanotechnology medical video now posted

For those of you with an interest in the longer-term, more visionary projections for nanotech and the human body, Gina Miller brings to our attention a new collaboration between herself and Robert Freitas, a 2007 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology finalist.

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Headline: The future of manufacturing: Nanotechnology

Babak Parviz of University of Washington, named by Technology Review as one of this year's outstanding innovators under the age of 35, writes in the Sept/Oct issue (free reg. req'd.) about self-assembly:

"…This revolutionary manufacturing method offers many opportunities. Growing machines may not be as far-fetched as it once seemed."

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Foresight Lectures

October 6-7, 2007
7th Alcor Conference on Life Extension
Alcor Life Extension Foundation
Scottsdale, Arizona
Christine Peterson will speak on life extension.
Click here for conference details

October 26, 2007
nanoUtah 2007 Conference
Utah Technology Council
Salt Lake City, Utah
Pearl Chin will give the dinner keynote address.
Click here for conference details

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