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Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: August 27, 2008

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Nanotechnology advances toward atomically precise control of nanoparticle surfaces

Advanced nanotech would benefit from the ability to engineer atomically precise structures on nanoparticles. In a step in that direction, UK scientists have developed a combined computational and experimental method to determine how specific peptides self-assemble on the surface of a gold nanoparticles…

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 citizens weigh in on nanotechnology for human enhancement

The Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University is one of two centers funded by the National Science Foundation to study nanotechnology in society. One of their tools for studying the impact of nanotech upon society is the National Citizens' Technology Forum (NCTF). They have recently published the results of their National Citizens' Technology Forum: Public Deliberation about Nanotechnology for Human Enhancement…

Nanotechnology combines two different types of nanoparticles for more antibacterial action

Silver nanoparticles continue to show promise for killing bacteria, especially in a hospital environment. Now a Swiss team has shown that a combination of silver and calcium phosphate nanoparticles provides an even more effective nanotech antiseptic…

Nanotechnology provides key to turning waste into ethanol

The production of syngas, a mixture of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen, from coal or other carbon source is an established industrial technology. A new nanotech catalyst now enables the efficient conversion of syngas to ethanol…

Nanotechnology tailors carbon nanotubes to deliver cancer treatment in mice

In a study with breast cancer in mice, a nanotech cancer therapy suppresses tumor growth with minimal side effects. Taking advantage of the fact that the blood vessels in tumor tissue are leakier than in normal tissue, carbon nanotubes of the right size and with the proper chemical coating deliver more tumor-killing drug to tumors, while sparing normal tissue…

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis

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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.

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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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