Foresight Update 23.15: Robot pioneers automation of science - April 9, 2009
Discuss these news stories at http://foresight.org/nanodot.
There's been much note in the blogosphere in recent days about Aberystwyth University's Robot Scientist project and its Adam robot…To my mind, while the construction of the physical machine is quite impressive and will save some graduate students some drudgery, the really important aspect of the work is that they had to formalize the ontology for enough of the field…
Wrapping Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (SWNTs) with a molecular sleeve made from an analog of Vitamin B2 protects the SWNTs from defects caused by oxygen and renders them much more useful for nanotech applications…
It is difficult, even for someone who has been working with these ideas and numbers for the past couple of decades, to get one's head around the utter raw power potential of real nanotechnology…
A Newsdesk feature by Kelly Morris titled "Nanotechnology crucial in fighting infectious disease" in the April 2009 issue of Lancet Infectious Diseases surveys some highlights in developing nanotech efforts to prevent, diagnose, and treat infectious diseases…
A piece in The Christian Science Monitor compares Nadrian Seeman, founder of the field of structural DNA nanotechnology and winner of the 1995 Foresight Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology, with Henry Ford—implying that his recent accomplishment with his collaborators in creating a two-armed DNA nanorobot could point to a role for DNA nanorobots in future nanotech assembly lines…
The Washington Post site has an item from Bloomberg News reporting Google has started a venture-capital unit to fund new technologies, including nanotechnology…
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