Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: April 2, 2008
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A major milestone along the protein design path to productive nanosytems and advanced nanotechnology has been achieved—the design by computational methods of enzymes that catalyze reactions for which biological enzymes do not exist…
Researchers in The Netherlands have combined several different nanotechnology techniques to introduce a switchable pore-forming protein into a stable polymeric nanocontainer…
Those of you who have heard Peter Thiel speak (at the Singularity Summits and a while back at Foresight's Senior Associates Gathering) already know that he is quite a visionary. In Hoover's Feb/Mar 2008 Policy Review, Peter presents The Optimistic Thought Experiment, his thoughts on globalization and technology…
Advancing the case for graphene in nanotech is the recent demonstration that the intrinsic mobility of electrons in graphene is much greater than in silicon or in any other conventional semiconductor. However, achieving this intrinsic speed remains a challenge due to the need for a substrate to support the one-atom-thick graphene layer…
There's still time — barely — to plan to attend next week's 1st Annual Unither Nanomedical & Telemedical Technology Conference in Quebec. Co-chair is Martine Rothblatt, PhD, of Unither Biotech. Speakers include these names familiar to Foresight members, as well as many nearer-term topics…
Although we are great fans of atomically precise nanotechnology, sometimes random nanostructures can be surprisingly useful. An economical nanotech procedure—ball milling followed by hot pressing—recasts a commercially available material as a composite of random nanostructures that efficiently converts waste heat into electricity…
…Nanotechnology may enable faster and more sensitive detection of disease by using a molecular motor to spin a gold nanorod in the presence of the right DNA molecule to connect the motor molecules to the nanorod…
While we wouldn't call it nanotech porn exactly, as Wired magazine does, we agree that for us nanotech geeks it's great fun to see nanotechnology tools up close. If you missed the MRS show in San Francisco this week, here's the next best thing…
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