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Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: August 13, 2008

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Diamond mechanosynthesis for atomically precise nanotechnology to be explored experimentally

A pioneering UK program aimed at developing a nanofactory has made a £1.53M ($3M) award to Professor Philip Moriarty of the University of Nottingham to support a five-year series of experiments to investigate the possibility of diamond mechanosynthesis, testing the theoretical proposals recently made by Robert Freitas and Ralph Merkle…

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Toward atomically precise graphene structures for nanotechnology

Graphene—a sheet of sp2-bonded carbon atoms one atom thick—increasingly shows promise for nanotech applications, but ultimately it would be useful to be able to control the edges of the planar sheet to atomic precision. In one step toward the goal of atomically precise graphene nanostructures, researchers have demonstrated atomically precise cuts through a few graphene layers…

Scientists draw lessons for nanotechnology from wide range of biological machinery

Biological molecular motors have long been eyed to power nanotech devices. Beyond this potential direct use, a recent review article delineates engineering principles that may prove valuable for engineering complex nanosystems that can be discerned from the molecular mechanisms by which such biological molecular motors operate and are controlled…

Potential of nanotechnology for clean energy draws attention of US presidential candidates

A role for nanotech applications can be seen in the responses to the US energy crisis made by both candidates for the US Presidency…

Nanoscale self-assembled surfaces robust enough for nanotechnology applications

Many nanotech applications would be furthered by the development of efficient and flexible methods for forming large areas of nanometer-scale arrays created by molecular assembly. Sturdy structures ordered with nanometer precision have now been formed by combining supramolecular assembly of ordered networks with self-assembled monolayers…

UV laser may enable nanotechnology to build atom-by-atom

Nanotech researchers have constructed a UV laser that they expect will eventually be able to manipulate and precisely deposit Group III and Group V atoms to construct composite materials atom-by-atom…

Russia's nanotechnology "Manhattan Project" gets slow start

But the big problem for high technology in Russia is neither money nor ideas. It is the country's all-pervasive bureaucracy, weak legal system and culture of corruption…

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis and Christine Peterson

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Space Investment Summit 5 (SIS-5) features the presentation of a limited number of pre-qualified space-related business plans from reputable entrepreneurs to an audience of leading seed and early stage investors. We are specifically reaching out to nano- and biotech startups seeking capital for new ventures with the promise to solve problems both here on Earth and in the high frontier, in the areas of materials, communications, medicine, and energy. Companies interested in presenting their business plans at the Summit may submit an application for consideration. Early submissions are encouraged and the official deadline is September 2, 2008.

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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:

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