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Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: February 20, 2008

Digest news items also appear as posts on our blog Nanodot at Each news item can be discussed individually in the comments area on Nanodot. We invite your participation!

Top Nano News of the Week

Precisely controlled electron beam provides top-down approach to molecular nanotechnology

French nanotech researchers have used theory to increase the precision of carving with electron beams enough to remove individual atoms from single walled carbon and boron nitride nanotubes…

In this issue:

Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology - Join Foresight
Conference – NanoManufacturing Conference & Exhibits
Foresight Lectures
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Maximizing benefits, minimizing downsides of nanotechnology

Longtime Nanodot readers and Foresight members know that our goal here at Foresight is to maximize the benefits and minimize the downsides of nanotechnology. Our friends over at the Wilson Center’s Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies share that goal, as shown in their mission statement…

Nanotechnology produces an analog radio made from carbon nanotubes

This nanotech electronic device is not nanoscale, but all of the transistors are made from parallel arrays of thousands of nanotubes to demonstrate the potential of single-walled carbon nanotubes in advanced electronics. A few excerpts from “Tuning in to nanotube radio”, over at Technology Review, written by Duncan Graham-Rowe…

U.S. seen as more open to nanotechnology than Europe

Reason magazine, which generally takes positions in favor of technology and free enterprise, has a cover story on nanotechnology (full text not posted yet, check link later) which speculates that the U.S. may be more open to nanotech than Europe…

Faster structure determinations to benefit nanotechnology

Two stories report new tools that should accelerate nanotech development by providing scientists with faster determination of molecular structures. In the first technique an atomic force microscope tip is followed by a laser beam to produce spectroscopic data as it traces an individual strand of RNA…

Quantum drums might aid in designing nano-electronic circuits or quantum computing

In a virtuoso demonstration of nanotechnology, researchers used a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) to build walls of carbon monoxide molecules to confine electrons on a copper surface so that they resonate like a drum…

A nanotechnology based upon writing in 3D produces long fibers and complex structures

As a step toward advanced nanotechnology, general methods for producing complex nanoscale structures in three dimensions are useful stepping stones from current nanotech to atomically precise functional nanosystems…

Nanomanufacturing conference: get your Foresight discount

SME has let us know that Foresight members get a discount to their upcoming Nanomanufacturing conference in the Boston area on April 22-23, which features three sessions of special interest…

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis and Christine Peterson

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.

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NanoManufacturing Conference & Exhibits
Sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
April 22 - 23, 2008
Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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!

This conference will highlight the current, near-term, and future applications of nanotechnology and how they are transforming the way we manufacture products. Peer networking, information sharing, and technology exchange among the world's nanomanufacturing leaders will be a key feature of the event.

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Foresight Lectures

March 1-2, 2008
BIL Conference
Monterey, California
Christine Peterson will discuss nanotechnology and citizen-controlled open source physical security.
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April 22-23, 2008
NanoManufacturing Conference &Exhibits
Framingham, Massachusetts
David Forrest will discuss the Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems, including progress made to date, and the next steps.
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