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Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: May 7, 2008

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Will a "'proto-prototype' for a nanoassembler" lead to atomically precise manufacturing?

A special issue of the International Journal of Nanomanufacturing presenting topics on manufacturing in 3D at the nanoscale … contains a report of a nanomanipulator for the complex assembly of nanoparticles…

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Nanotechnology engineers atomic layer interfaces to produce new electronic materials

The nanotechnology of engineering atomic layer interfaces to produce desired properties—in this case, something called 'improper ferroelectricity'—promises a technological revolution that may be comparable to the development of modern electronics…

A new glycerol nucleic acid (GNA) building block for structural DNA nanotechnology

A new building block for structural DNA nanotechnology uses a 3-carbon glycerol molecule instead of the 5-carbon sugar deoxyribose found in DNA. To begin exploring this new DNA nanotech, the researchers made a simple four-helix junction of the type pioneered in Ned Seeman's laboratory, and found that nanostructures built from GNA not only tolerate higher temperatures than do comparable structures made with DNA, but both left-handed and right-handed four-helix junctions are obtained—something not easily done with DNA…

New memory technology made possible by nanotechnology

Nanotechnology has provided a fourth fundamental two-terminal passive element for electronic circuits—one first theoretically predicted 37 years ago, but only made physically possible by nanotechnology. Now joining resistors, capacitors and inductors is a nanotech device named the 'memristor', developed by a team led by R. Stanley Williams, who shared the 2000 Foresight Nanotech Institute Feynman Prize for Experimental work…

Nanotechnology encapsulation delivers RNA interference agents 10-fold more effectively

RNA interference (RNAi) is a way to decrease expression of a specific gene without otherwise affecting the cell, and it therefore could be a very promising treatment for a wide variety of diseases—if it could be reliably delivered into the diseased cell cytoplasm. One possible nanotech solution to this problem takes the form of a 10-fold more effective delivery of RNAi protected in nanocapsules formed by novel lipid-like molecules…

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis

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Inspiring Commercial Success
July 7-9, 2008
The Newcastle Marriott Hotel, Gosforth Park, UK

Following the huge success of our inaugural conference which attracted over 200 delegates, NanoCentral® and IntertechPira are pleased to bring you NanoMaterials08. Taking place between 7-9 July at the Newcastle Marriott Hotel, this is the only event of its kind to focus on the commercialisation of nanomaterials. NanoMaterials08 is made up of poster sessions, workshops, exhibitions, a conference and social programme, and will feature a variety of national and international companies active in the nanomaterials revolution. With over 400 attendees expected, this event will provide excellent networking and learning opportunities, and is not to be missed.

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

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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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