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Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: February 27, 2008

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Top Nano News of the Week

Top-down nanotechnology reaches downward

An interview by of the director of the Center for Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems got our attention. I'd give you a URL for this interview but it doesn't seem to be on the web, only in email. An excerpt…

In this issue:

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Conference – NanoManufacturing Conference & Exhibits
Foresight Lectures
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European Commission adopts Code of Conduct for Responsible Nanotechnology

After several months of public consultation, the European Commission has announced a Code of Conduct for Responsible Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies Research…

Nanotechnology in clothing harvests energy from the wearer's movements

Fibers made from zinc oxide nanowires can generate electrical current from low frequency mechanical motion, like body movements. Last April we noted the initial success of Prof. Z.L. Wang at Georgia Tech in using nanowires to produce electricity … Now reports Prof. Wang's further progress with nanotech power systems…

Scanning probe tip arrays for denser, faster, cheaper memories through nanotechnology

Among the most useful tools for nanotechnology are various scanning probe tips for surface modification. A few years ago, the IBM Millipede project demonstrated the use of an array of silicon cantilevers as a nanotech memory device … In Technology Review, Kevin Bullis describes another approach to computer memory based upon similar arrays of atomic force probe tips…

Proteins covalently attached to carbon nanotube tips provide new tool for nanotechnology

The development of nanotechnology for atomically precise manufacturing would benefit from the ability to attach specific chemical binding sites to scanning probe microscope tips. Carbon nanotubes offer several advantages as very sharp probes for nanotech tools. Writing at (requires free registration), Belle Dumé reports that Japanese scientists have succeeded in chemically attaching proteins specifically to the tips of multiwalled carbon nanotubes…

Fundamental advance in understanding RNA folding may advance use of RNA building blocks for nanotechnology

Stanford University scientists have achieved new, detailed understanding of how a polymer folds into a unique three-dimensional structure by using an "optical trap" to precisely unfold a functional RNA molecule… Progress in understanding the complex folding patterns of functional RNA molecules may facilitate building molecule machinery from RNA…

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis and Christine Peterson

Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology

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