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Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: October 31, 2008

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Programming cell behavior with RNA nanotechnology

Nanotech applications based upon modules of RNA that bind small molecules to control the catalytic activity of other RNA modules may form the basis for a wide variety of synthetic molecular machines to perform calculations and control chemical reactions inside living cells…

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Computational nanotechnology designs more efficient material for solar cells

Computer-aided molecular design has led to the fabrication of a nanotech material for solar cells. Combining electrically conductive polymers, transition metal atoms, and spin-coating to form thin films could lead to solar cells with two major advantages that would make them more efficient at converting light to electricity…

Nanotechnology to soon provide paper stronger than steel for commercial uses

A nanotech material that consists of about 50% carbon nanotubes may soon find wide commercial applications in aerospace and other industries…

Assembling 3D arrays of nanotubes to integrate nanotechnology and microtechnology

A practical nanotech method for integrating single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNT) with existing silicon microtechnology could lead to uses in microelectronics, field emission displays, electronic memory devices and solar cells…

New microscope follows nanotechnology cancer treatment in living mice

To develop nanotech therapies for cancer, it would be useful to be able to follow the distribution of nanoparticles in the patient to see if they are in fact accumulating in the targeted tumor(s). A noninvasive Raman microscope has allowed scientists to track carbon nanotubes injected into living mice…

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis

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November 15-16, 2008
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