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Foresight Update 24.09—September 9, 2011
ISSN 1078-9731

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Long nanowires with controlled orientation grown on sapphire

In an advance that they hope will lead to semiconductor nanostructures suitable for a wide range of applications, researchers in the Weizmann Institute’s Chemistry Faculty have published in Science (abstract) the growth of millimeter-long nanowires of gallium nitride oriented on different crystal planes of sapphire. …

First direct measurement of force generated by an individual synthetic molecular machine

…significant molecular machine milestone …demonstrated a single rotaxane molecule less than 5 nm long working against an external load of 30 pN. …

Green Nanotechnology Roadmap Highlights Opportunities and Challenges

A University of Oregon news release …announces the release by the American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute of a roadmap for the development of 'green' nanochemistry to bring the benefits of near-term nanotechnology with minimal threat to human health or to the environment. …

Foresight@Google 25th Anniversary Reunion: Review and Closure

Thanks to all for a successful summer conference! We’re still hearing about some great connections and synergies made at the gathering that will help further transformative nanotech. …

Foresight Positions Open: Ops and Office Manager

Foresight is happy to congratulate our Director of Operations, Faisal Ahmed, on successful admittance to law school. Faisal will be with us as he transitions to a new schedule over the next month, but this also means Foresight has two positions open for immediate hire at our Menlo Park, California office. …

Smartphone projects foster discussion of ubiquitous surveillance

…The potential conflict between individual privacy, on the one hand, and ubiquitous data collection for safety, security, and law enforcement, on the other hand, is approaching faster than has perhaps been anticipated due to a number of projects that make use of smart phones to gather data. …

Stanford Artificial Intelligence course free online

Stanford’s AI class "Introduction to Artificial Intelligence" will be available free of charge online from October 10 to Dec. 16, 2011. Online enrollment ends Sept. 20. …

Molecular information theory points to robust molecular communications

…I found "A brief review of molecular information theory" by Thomas D. Schneider useful. His analysis, in terms of Claude Shannon’s information theory, of the control of gene expression by proteins binding to specific sites on DNA leads him to conclude that "we should be able to build molecular communications that are just as robust as our macroscopic ones."

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis

Foreseeing Future Technologies

Advancements in technologies such as nanotech, robotics, and biotech are promising to make major differences in our lives in the not-too-distant future, as the Industrial Revolution did to the agrarian world — to do for the physical world what the computer and Internet have done to the world of information.

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Nano and Giga Challenges in Electronics, Photonics and Renewable Energy
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September 12-16 2011 Moscow - Zelenograd, Russia

The NGC2011 conference in Russia invites academic and industrial researchers to present tutorial, expository and original research papers dedicated to solving scientific and technological problems in electronics, photonics and renewable energy …

The Seventeenth International Conference on DNA Computing and Molecular Programming
September 19-23 2011
Caltech, Pasadena, California, USA

Research in DNA computing and molecular programming draws together mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry, biology, and nanotechnology to address the analysis, design, and synthesis of information-based molecular systems. This annual meeting is the premier forum where scientists with diverse backgrounds come together with the common purpose of advancing the engineering and science of biology and chemistry from the point of view of computer science, physics, and mathematics.

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September 22 2011 - 14:00 GMT, webinar

This IOP webinar will look at examples of bottom up approaches to engineering and manufacturing from different sectors including biosensing, electronics and regenerative medicine.

International Precision Assembly Seminar 2012
February 12-15 2012
Chamonix, France

The aim of the Sixth International Precision Assembly Seminar is to discuss the rapidly evolving field of micro-assembly, including the development of microfactories and microsystem fabrication.

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