Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: April 30, 2008
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It's great to see ambitious goals being set in nanotechnology, like these "molecular mini-factories"…
Work such as this is on the pathway to productive nanosystems…
In a proof-of-concept demonstration, large area graphene films several atomic layers thick were inexpensively produced…
In the rush of nanotechnology toward molecular-scale electronics for computers, graphene has now been shown to retain essential properties when used to make transistors at the one-nanometer-scale. However, reliable fabrication of devices at this size scale remains an obstacle…
Foresight advisor Glenn Reynolds opines about nanotech in the NY Post for Earth Day…
Accurate computational simulations of molecular movements are important tools for developing atomically precise nanotechnology systems because how the atoms move under different conditions can determine whether or not the nanotech device works as designed. A new method of measuring "blurred" molecular motions promises to improve the accuracy of molecular motion simulations…
By combining a nanofluidics device to stretch out a single long DNA molecule with a strategy to read five DNA letters at a time, two companies are applying nanotechnology to develop a really cheap method to sequence individual genomes to make possible individualized medicine…
A nanotechnology approach is being developed to selectively kill cancer cells—even those resistant to normal chemotherapy—using a peptide decorated with organic molecules called crown ethers…
To round out our week in nanotech on an upbeat note, we have Caltech professor Michael Roukes' podcast over at Earth & Sky: Forever Young. In addition to the podcast, and there's more at the Power of Small television show on medical applications of nanotechnology, which also appears to use the title Forever Young…
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