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Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: April 2, 2008

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Top Nano News of the Week

Major nanotechnology milestone: protein catalysts designed for non-natural chemical reactions

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…

In this issue:

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Nanotech Events – Nanomedical & Telemedical Technology Conference
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Nanotechnology copies biology to produce nanovalve for drug delivery

Researchers in The Netherlands have combined several different nanotechnology techniques to introduce a switchable pore-forming protein into a stable polymeric nanocontainer…

Peter Thiel on technology and globalization

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…

Highest intrinsic electron mobility advances nanotechnology prospects for graphene

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…

Nanomedical conference to feature advanced nanotechnology

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…

Nanotechnology provides a cost-effective way to improve performance of thermoelectric materials

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 uses molecular motor to reveal presence of single DNA molecule

…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…

Nanotechnology geeks salivate over latest tools

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…

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis and Christine Peterson

Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology

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Nanotech Northern Europe 2008
Europe's largest annual nanotechnology conference
September 23-25, 2008
Copenhagen, Denmark

Nanotech Northern Europe brings together the field's top scientists and leading international companies in order to advance the beneficial use of nanotechnology. The 2008 event concentrates around three application areas:

  • Sustainable solutions for energy and environment
  • Nanotechnology-enabled ICT (info & communication technologies)
  • Nanobiotechnology and nanomedicine

The program also features sessions on:

  • Global nanotechnology and business development
  • Safety and risk management
  • Tech transfer

Foresight Lectures

April 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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May 21, 2008
RAPID 2008 Conference & Exposition
"The New Wave in Manufacturing"
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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Nanotech Events

April 1–4, 2008
1st Annual Unither Nanomedical & Telemedical Technology Conference
Speakers known to Foresight members include Ralph Merkle, Ray Kurzweil, Tihamer Toth-Fejel, Chris Phoenix, Tad Hogg.
Quebec, Canada
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