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Foresight Institute Weekly News Digest: January 22, 2009

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Update on promise of nanotechnology for radically extended life span

For those Nanodot readers who look beyond near-term medical nanotech and its promise of greatly improved drug delivery and other advances, the January issue of Life Extension Magazine offers a report on the eventual promise of medical nanobots…

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Discovery of repulsive Casimir forces might eliminate friction as a concern in nanotechnology

A newly discovered repulsive quantum mechanical force could be useful for nanotech applications by enabling a type of quantum levitation…

Error correction in nature's nanotechnology

The ribosome has been an inspiration to many in nanotech as one example of a molecular machine system that executes a function… So it interesting is to discover that the ribosome has a previously unsuspected method of error correction—in this case monitoring the fidelity of protein synthesis after the peptide bond is formed…

Civil nanotechnology: Open source sensing in Seed magazine

Starting in 2009, nanotech-based sensing will enable a level of environmental monitoring that could help reduce pollution tremendously. Such devices could be of immense benefit to the environment, but unfortunately, without careful attention they will trigger serious privacy and civil-liberty concerns that will stymie environmental progress …

Preparing semiconducting carbon nanotubes for nanotechnology applications

A method that eliminates metallic single walled carbon nanotubes from mixtures leaving fully functional semiconducting SWCNTs may open the way for various nanotech applications that require pure semiconducting SWCNTs…

Nanotechnology method to shut down cancer inches toward clinical trials

Having demonstrated a year ago an effective nanotech method for shutting down specific gene expression in a mouse model of colitis, a team of researchers at Tel Aviv University is preparing to test this method in clinical trials for blood, pancreatic, breast and brain cancers…

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis and Christine Peterson

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April 2, 2009
Stanford Law, Science and Technology Colloquium
Palo Alto, California
Christine Peterson will speak to LLM students on legal, ethical and public policy issues in nanotechnology.
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Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology

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O'Reilly ETECH Emerging Technologies Conference 2009
The Technology of Abundance and Constraints
March 9-12, 2009
San Jose, CA USA

  • The place where theories mingle with real-world application and do their best work together, giving you essentials to stay ahead of the curve in your workplace and industry
  • A participant rich conference experience that encourages play and exchange of ideas with some of the biggest names in emerging technology
  • Includes FreeTech, the ETech community-run "unconference"

Visit Foresight in the exhibit hall. Register by January 26 for early rates, and SAVE 15% by using Foresight discount code et09fore.

NanoManufacturing Conference & Exhibits 2009
What's Happening TODAY and Tomorrow!
April 1-2, 2009
Minneapolis MN USA

Call for Presenters

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!

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