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Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: March 26, 2008

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Top Nano News of the Week

Simpler way of building three-dimensional structures using DNA nanotechnology

A large variety of two- and three-dimensional nanostructures have been constructed using DNA nanotechnology. Most of the construction methods require many different specially designed DNA molecules. Purdue University researchers have published a new DNA nanotech method that uses essentially one tile that self-assembles into a variety of larger three-dimensional shapes…

In this issue:

Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology - Join Foresight
Conference – NanoManufacturing Conference & Exhibits
Foresight Lectures
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Less noise with nanotechnology devices using two atomic layers of graphene

IBM announced (credit that stacking two layers of graphene—one on top of the other—reduces noise that has bedeviled attempts to build nanoelectronic circuits from graphene…

Amazing advance in robotics: see video

Normally this blog focuses on nanotechnology, but it's also important to stay on top of major advances in related fields such as robotics; the fields will interact in interesting ways.

This video of a DARPA-funded project from Boston Dynamics is a must-see …

Novel method of manipulating nanostructures for polymer nanotechnology

…Here is another case where nanotech has been advanced by "innovative measurement techniques and new ways to position the molecules". From ScienceDaily "Copolymers block out new approaches to microelectronics"…

Founder of structural DNA nanotechnology field awarded medal by American Chemical Society

The American Chemical Society has awarded Nadrian Seeman its Nichols Medal for establishing the field of structural DNA nanotechnology, nearly 13 years after the Foresight Institute awarded Seeman the 1995 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology for his "pioneering work to synthesize complex three-dimensional structures with DNA"…

Adapting nanotechnology to conventional silicon microtechnology

In a step toward use of molecular electronics in practical computing devices, researchers have assembled molecular films on the Si(100) surface utilized in conventional CMOS technologies and shown them to be of comparable quality to those assembled in earlier studies on the Si(111) surface, which is not compatible with CMOS…

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis and Christine Peterson

Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology

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Foresight Lectures

April 23, 2008
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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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May 21, 2008
RAPID 2008 Conference & Exposition
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Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Tihamer T. Toth-Fejel will discuss the Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems, including progress made to date, and the next steps.
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