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Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: August 20, 2008

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Nanotechnology shows longer particles better to enter cancer cells

A process that allows the fabrication of different shapes of particles varying in size from about 100 nm to several micrometers demonstrates that long particles are internalized by cancer cells more efficiently than are round particles…

In this issue:

Foresight Event – Vision Weekend
Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology - Join Foresight
Space Investment Summit 5 – Call for Space-Related Business Plans
Conference – Free conference ticket available for Senior Associate
Nanotech Events
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US House bill would establish a prize competition for nanotechnology

The SmallTimes web site reports the introduction of H.R. 6661, which establishes a prize competition for five key areas of nanotech…

Nanotechnology produces highly conductive, single-molecule junction between electrodes

Nanotech has taken a major step along the road to molecular electronics with the demonstration that one molecule of benzene can form a highly conductive junction between two platinum electrodes…

Impermeable membrane one atom-thick for nanotechnology

Nanotech has fashioned from graphene a one atom-thick membrane impermeable even to helium gas…

Nanotechnology integrates dissimilar nanowire arrays to make sensor circuits

To form practical nanotech circuits from arrays of nanowires, it is necessary to integrate different types of nanowires into multifunctional circuits. Two different types of nanowires (cadmium selenide for light sensors and germanium core/silicon shell for field-effect transistors) have been integrated on a chip to detect and amplify optical signals…

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis

Foresight Event – Save the Date!

November 15-16, 2008
Foresight Vision Weekend
Mountain View, California
Foresight joins with other advanced tech groups to sponsor Convergence 08 at the Computer History Museum. Website to be announced soon.

Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology

Do you believe that nanotechnology will give society the ability to tackle the hard challenges facing humanity? What's your priority for nanotechnology: cancer treatments and longevity therapies, sustainable energy, clean water, a restored environment, space development, or "zero waste" manufacturing? Or perhaps there are potential nanotech scenarios you would like to prevent.

If you would like to help influence the direction of this powerful technology, please consider becoming a member of Foresight Nanotech Institute. With your support, Foresight will continue to educate the general public on beneficial nanotechnology and what it will mean to our society.

To join:

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Space Investment Summit 5 - Call for Space-Related Business Plans Submission deadline is September 2, 2008. Los Angeles, CA

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.

Foresight note: One free conference ticket is available to a Foresight Senior Associate only for the following conference. Please contact Alicia Isaac either at or by phone 650.289.0860.

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

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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