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Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: October 2, 2008

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Will open source work for nanotechnology?

Can Open source methodology, with its promise of spreading benefits through new varieties of intellectual property, and which has played a major role in software development, also play a role in nanotech development? At least one MIT researcher, Stephen Steiner, thinks so…

In this issue:

Foresight Event – Convergence08 Vision Weekend
Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology - Join Foresight
Conference – The Singularity Summit 2008
Conference – NanoManufacturing Conference & Exhibits 2009
Foresight Lectures
Nanotech Events
Contact Foresight

Free webinar on "Today's Pioneering Nanotechnology Companies"

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is offering a free webinar on "Today's Pioneering Nanotechnology Companies: The Race for a Trillion Dollar Market", presented by Foresight Senior Associate Tihamer "Tee" Toth-Fejel…

New nanotechnology journal is open access through 2008 and 2009

A new nanotechnology journal titled Nano Research published by Tsinghua/Springer is now available at The journal is published monthly, and will be open-access in 2008 and 2009. The Editors-in-Chief are Hongjie Dai, Stanford University, USA, and Qikun Xue, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. A glance at the Editorial Board reveals many researchers frequently cited in Nanodot posts…

Another nanotechnology route to better ultracapacitors for energy storage

Chemically modified graphene has found in manganese oxide nanoflower/carbon nanotube array a rival nanotech material to improve energy storage using ultracapacitors…

Nanotechnology provides more sensitive test for DNA changes in cancer and during treatment

One of the most subtle yet important ways of regulating the expression of genes is the addition or removal of methyl groups at specific positions on a DNA sequence. A nanotech method using quantum dots provides greatly increased sensitivity in the detection of methylated DNA, and may therefore aid in cancer diagnosis and in monitoring the effect of cancer therapies…

Postdoctoral associate sought to conduct research on the social and ethical implications of nanotechnology

An announcement of an open position from the Cornell Nanoscale Science and Technology Facility…

One insurer excludes nanotechnology from policies

Christine Peterson passes along this item from a recent (September 25, 2008) NanoBusiness Alliance Newsletter: "Beginning November 15, the Continental Western Insurance Group will no longer insure against bodily injury, property damage, or personal and advertising injury related to the actual, alleged, or threatened presence of or exposure to nanotubes or nanotechnology in any form…

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis

Foresight Event – Convergence08

November 15-16, 2008
Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno Revolutions to be Explored at Convergence08 Unconference - Foresight Vision Weekend
Mountain View, California

On November 15-16, 2008, the world's most dangerous ideas will collide in Mountain View, California. Convergence08 examines the world-changing possibilities of NANOTECH and the life-changing promises of BIOTECH. It is the premier forum for debate and exploration of COGTECH ethics, and ground zero of the past and future INFOTECH revolution. Convergence08 is an innovative, lively unconference, the first and only forum dedicated to NBIC (Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno) technologies

For more information, see the press release. This event will serve as Foresight's Vision Weekend for 2008.

Registration details available at

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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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!

Foresight Lectures

October 17, 2008
Bay Area Future Salon
Palo Alto, California
Christine Peterson will speak on "Open Source Sensing: Using open source & nanotechnology to reduce surveillance & head off Iraq-style wars."
Click here for conference details

October 24, 2008
Singularity Summit Emerging Tech Workshop
San Jose, California
Christine Peterson will be a panelist on nanotechnology.
Click here for conference details

Nanotech Events

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

Weekly Digest readers can save $100 using discount code: VIP
(Discount not applicable to one-day passes)

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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