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Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: July 9, 2008

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Formulating an anticancer drug using nanotechnology eliminates toxic neurological side-effects

A nanotech formulation may have saved one of the most promising broad-spectrum antiangiogenesis cancer therapies from being side-tracked due to neurotoxic side effects…

In this issue:

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Nanotechnology approach to drug delivery uses multifunctional nanoparticles to silence gene

A major nanotech advance in engineering multifunctional nanoparticles for imaging and therapeutic applications combines a short RNA (siRNA) to "silence" a specific gene with quantum dots and a "proton sponge" polymer coating to get the siRNA into the cell and released into the right compartment of the cell, rendering it both much more efficient and much less toxic to the cell…

'Cooking' cancer cells with nanotechnology

In yet another nanotech approach to cancer therapy, researchers demonstrated in laboratory experiments that antibody-coated carbon nanotubes only bind to cancer cells targeted by the antibody, and that irradiation with near-infrared light causes the bound carbon nanotubes to heat up and kill the cancer cells…

Bottom-up nanotechnology with metals and polymers

Producing highly porous nanostructures made from metal is difficult because metal atoms are unhappy in structures having very high surface areas. By coating metal nanoparticles with organic molecules and using a block co-polymer as a scaffold, a novel nanotech procedure produces metal nanostructures containing uniform hexagonal pores about 10 nm across that could supply new catalysts, faster metal wires for microchips, and better optical materials…

Sorting electron spins by nanotechnology

A discovery of unexpected properties of an insulating layer only a few atoms thick may lead to a new nanotech approach to faster computers by sorting electrons according to their spins…

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis

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November 15-16, 2008
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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

July 23, 2008
OSCON: O'Reilly Open Source Convention
Portland, Oregon
Christine Peterson will give a keynote on open source and nanotechnology.
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Nanotech Events

National Nano Engineering Conference 2008
America's premier nano engineering conference
November 12-13, 2008
The Colonnade Hotel, Boston, MA

The National Nano Engineering Conference 2008 (NNEC) is the premier event focused on current and future developments in engineering innovations at the nanoscale, as well as the commercialization of nanotechnology.

Presentations on new technologies and their commercial applications in the following disciplines:

  • Advanced Materials
  • Bio/Medicine
  • Electronics
  • Energy & Environmental
  • Aerospace & Defense

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