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Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: October 9, 2008

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Consortium for atomically precise manufacturing awarded $9.7 M to develop advanced nanotechnology

DARPA and a Texas fund have awarded $9.7M to investigate one nanotech path toward atomically precise manufacturing. Christine Peterson passes along this Zyvex press release from PRnewswire…

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

STM brings near-atomic resolution to graphene nanotechnology

The recent demonstration of the ability to "fully engineer the electronic band gap of graphene" is a major advance in the top-down approach to nanotech applications that take advantage of the many marvelous properties of graphene…

NanoArt festival to showcase nanotechnology and its impact

The 2nd International Festival for NanoArt … will be hosted in Stuttgart, Germany by NAHVISION Institute for International Culture Exchange, between November 1st and November 30th, 2008…

Conference to develop proposal for a nanotech space elevator

The Japan Space Elevator Association will hold a conference on Nov.15-16, 2008 at Miraikan (Kotoh ward,Tokyo) to draw up a proposal and timeline for a space elevator to be made possible through nanotechnology…

Calculating the role of Casimir forces in nanotechnology

Objections have been raised against proposed nanotech systems composed of rigid mechanical parts because of the potential for friction to arise from van der Waals or Casimir forces between moving parts separated by only fractions of a nanometer. Now Swedish scientists have developed a computer program to calculate Casimir forces between various types of nanostructured materials, which may help to determine whether significant friction problems exist in specific designs…

American public remains uninformed about nanotechnology

A recently released poll shows that the American public is largely uniformed about both nanotechnology and synthetic biology, and furthermore that the level of public awareness about nanotechnology has not changed since 2004…

—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.

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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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