Foresight Nanotech Institute Logo

« Go Back

You are viewing
Foresight Archives

Image of nano
Home > Resources > Publications > Foresight Publications > Weekly News Digest

Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: September 18, 2008

Discuss these news stories at

Top Nano News of the Week

Nanotechnology provides two-compartment nanoparticles for drug delivery

A nanotech approach that makes use of artificial protein-like molecules called "single-component block copolypeptides" produces stable double emulsion nanoparticles. Because these nanoparticles can simultaneously deliver water-soluble and water-insoluble drugs, they might offer an advantage in killing cancer cells that develop resistance to one drug…

In this issue:

Foresight Event – Vision Weekend
Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology - Join Foresight
Conference – The Singularity Summit 2008
Conference – NanoManufacturing Conference & Exhibits 2009
Nanotech Events
Contact Foresight

Nanotechnology reveals communications among immune system cells

Nanotech contributions to the development of medical science now include devices that can decipher the chemical communications among individual cells. A new microfluidic device called a multi-trap nanophysiometer promises to be particularly useful in elucidating the communications among individual cells of the immune system, and perhaps eventually revealing what goes wrong during the immune system's response to cancer or AIDS…

Singularity Summit 2008 to explore future of human technological progress

Foresight Nanotech Institute is partnering with the Singularity Institute and other organizations for The Singularity Summit 2008, to be held October 25, Montgomery Theater, San Jose, CA…

Nanotechnology defines gold catalysts to near atomic precision

Some nanotech gold particles very effectively catalyze the oxidation of carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide—useful for protecting firefighters and fuel cells from carbon monoxide poisoning. A very powerful electron microscope capable of resolving single gold atoms has revealed why some gold nanoparticles work and some don't—only bilayer clusters of 8-12 gold atoms work…

Amplitude spectroscopy of artificial atoms adds to nanotechnology toolkit

Nanostructures called artificial atoms, which are usually semiconductor quantum dots a few nanometers in diameter, constitute an important approach to quantum computing. However, characterizing the energy levels of artificial atoms is difficult. A new method called amplitude spectroscopy may facilitate a nanotech pathway to quantum computing by making it easier to characterize the energy levels of artificial atoms…

—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:

Foresight Partners

The Singularity Summit 2008
Opportunity, Risk, Leadership
October 25, 2008
Montgomery Theater, San Jose, CA

Hosted by the Singularity Institute, the Singularity Summit is the premier dialog on the Singularity.

The Singularity Summit gathers the smartest people around to explore the biggest ideas of our time. Learn where humanity is headed, meet the people leading the way, and leave inspired to create a better world.

NanoManufacturing Conference & Exhibits 2009
What's Happening TODAY and Tomorrow!
April 1-2, 2009
Minneapolis MN USA

Call for Speakers

Looking to understand what nanotechnology means for you? Need to understand how and why nanotechnology can improve your products, process and may even cut costs? Interested in learning about the latest applications and trends in top-down fabrication and bottom-up assembly techniques? Then this event is for you!

This conference will highlight the current, near-term, and future applications of nanotechnology and how they are transforming the way we manufacture products. Peer networking, information sharing, and technology exchange among the world's nanomanufacturing leaders will be a key feature of the event.


  • Learn about the latest nanotechnology applications and trends in top-down fabrication and bottom-up assembly;
  • Explore ways you can use nanotechnology to make your products; and
  • Network with experts and manufacturers from different industries including automotive, sensors, aerospace/defense, and coatings.

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

Contact Foresight

The Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest is emailed every week to 15,000 individuals in more than 125 countries. Foresight Nanotech Institute is a member-supported organization. We offer membership levels appropriate to meet the needs and interests of individuals and companies. To find out more about membership, follow this link:

To join:

If you would like to browse past issues of the News Digest, follow this link:

Foresight Nanotech Institute
1455 Adams Drive, Suite 2160
Menlo Park, CA 94025 USA
tel +1 650 289.0860
fax +1 650.289.0863

If you were forwarded this email from a friend and would like to subscribe yourself, please follow this link and sign up for our free electronic membership.

Thank you!

Home Page


Foresight Programs


Home About Foresight Blog News & Events Roadmap About Nanotechnology Resources Facebook Contact Privacy Policy

Foresight materials on the Web are ©1986–2019 Foresight Institute. All rights reserved. Legal Notices.

Web site developed by Stephan Spencer and Netconcepts; maintained by James B. Lewis Enterprises.