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Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: November 6, 2008

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Research challenges for the diamondoid mechanosynthesis path to advanced nanotechnology

On 5 June 2008, Robert Freitas and Ralph Merkle of the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing (IMM) submitted to IEEE Spectrum the following response to the article "Rupturing the Nanotech Rapture" by Richard A.L. Jones (IEEE Spectrum, June 2008 issue). Their brief letter is reproduced below because Spectrum has chosen to publish only one of the responses it received on this topic…

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Building blocks for nanotechnology from volcanic springs

Organisms that live in extreme environments may provide building blocks for nanotech applications that need to withstand extreme environments. A virus that infects a microorganism that lives in volcanic springs looks particularly promising…

Nanotechnology shrinks tumors by targeting two genes

One of the advantages of nanotech treatments for cancer is that nanoparticles can be large enough to introduce more than one type of therapeutic molecule into the same cancer cell. Another advantage is that nanoparticles can protect and deliver into cells molecules that would never make it into the cancer cell unassisted…

Defining international standards for nanotechnology

You might think that by now the definitions of terms like "nanotechnology" and "nanosystems" would be firmly established. In fact the process of arriving at an international consensus is more difficult than you might expect. Representing Foresight in the effort to define these and other terms is David R. Forrest, Ph.D.…

Biomineralization may show nanotechnology how to align atoms in regular arrays with unusual morphologies

A better understanding of how biomineralization converts ordinary minerals to biological mineral structures with extraordinary hardness and fracture resistance may lead to superhard materials for nanotech applications. In the case of sea urchin spicules, the process involves a fractal-like or random walk process by which 40-100 nm particles of amorphous calcium carbonate are converted into a single crystal of calcite with a very unusual geometry…

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis

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