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Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: December 5, 2008

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Nanotechnology harnesses light for nanomechanical devices in integrated photonic circuits

New nanotech applications may be made possible by the demonstration of a force generated from light that differs from the more familiar radiation pressure, and that is more versatile because it does not require a reflective surface. This force can be used to make light drive nanoscale machinery on a silicon chip…

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Can nanotechnology sequence DNA by pulling single molecules through a slit in graphene?

It has not been tested experimentally yet, but if a proposal to use graphene as a nanotech method to sequence DNA very rapidly and inexpensively pans out, the "wonder material" of nanotechnology could find yet another use…

Fast and precise control of AFM tips may enable nanotechnology memory devices

Arrays of atomic force probe tips are promising nanotech approaches to denser, faster, cheaper memories …. James Tyrrell of (requires free registration) explores the latest progress from the IBM "millipede project" and looks at what yet needs to be done. The researchers have completed a fully functional prototype system. They have further demonstrated…

Texas invests in nanotechnology for delivery of anti-cancer drug

Earlier this year we reported on the work of Dr. Mauro Ferrari of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston on developing nanotech methods of drug delivery (see here and here). A startup company cofounded by Ferrari has now received a $3.5 million grant from the state of Texas to commercialize the nanotech delivery of a drug for cancer treatment…

Prediction Markets Summit for 2009 announced

A "Call for Participation" for the first post-US election Prediction Markets Summit and Collective Intelligence Conference of 2009 has been announced…

New 4D microscope a revolutionary tool for nanotechnology

A new microscope may facilitate nanotech developments by combining nanometer scale spatial resolution with temporal resolution in the millisecond to femtosecond range…

DARPA to fund development of 'brain-like' computers

A new multi-disciplinary collaboration will focus on developing computing technology that mimics the human brain in being able to solve a wide variety of problems. One of the difficulties that the researchers will confront is making a nanoscale material that can mimic the synapses connecting neurons by forming connections that will get stronger or weaker depending on the signals passing through them…

Nanotechnology researcher to receive Sackler Prize in Biophysics

Dr. David Baker, who with Dr. Brian Kuhlman was awarded the 2004 Foresight Nanotech Institute Feynman Prize for Theory, will be one of three winners of the 2008 Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Biophysics…

Nanotechnology-based assay for cancer proteins increases sensitivity a thousand fold

One group of researchers has developed a method to chemically coat single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) to produce a nanotech assay for trace levels of proteins associated with cancer that is a thousand fold more sensitive than are current assays. A second group developed a mathematical method to permit analysis of samples for several proteins at the same time…

Flexible loudspeakers through nanotechnology

To the list of the amazing properties of carbon nanotubes has been added the ability to make nanotech loudspeakers that produce sound without mechanical movement…

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis

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