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Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: April 23, 2008

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Automated molecular evolution as a tool for nanotechnology

A major nanotechnology challenge in the development of productive nanosystems is the production of molecules to catalyze specific reactions for which no natural catalyst exists. One approach is to use theory to design enzymes, as in the milestone we cited two weeks ago. An alternative is to use molecular evolution to select a molecule with the desired properties. However, this latter approach is very labor intensive. Now lab-on-a-chip technology has been used to automate the evolution of molecules so that this approach might prove useful for nanotech purposes…

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Nanotechnology researchers demonstrate concept for new computer memory

IBM scientists provided a proof-of-concept demonstration of a new type of nanotechnology-enabled computer memory in which magnetic domain walls are moved along a nanowire "racetrack"…

Coaxial carbon nanotubes used to make nanotechnology cargo hauler

…European nanotechnology researchers have moved a gold cargo about 500 nm along a carbon nanotube 'Monorail'. However, the cargo only moves from the center to one end, instead of from one end to the other, because the motive force is not the electric current applied to the nanotube, as intended, but rather phonons from the heat generated by the current…

Artificial atoms produced using nanotechnology may form new type of computer memory

Using nanotechnology to control the spin of a single electron in a carbon nanotube might lead to replacing conventional semiconductor transistors with a carbon nanotube or single molecule…

Nanotechnology produces molecular switches that might lead to petabyte electronic memory

Now comes a report that nanotechnology using a molecular-scale switch could enable storing half a petabyte on one square inch. This nanotech advance uses a polyoxometalate (POM) molecular cluster that can be reversibly interconverted between two electronic states…

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis and Christine Peterson

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  • Global nanotechnology and business development
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May 21, 2008
RAPID 2008 Conference & Exposition
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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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July 21-25, 2008
OSCON: O'Reilly Open Source Convention
Portland, Oregon
Christine Peterson will give a keynote on open source and nanotechnology.
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April 22–25, 2008
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Self-Assembled Architectures and Devices
Snowbird, Utah USA
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