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DNA tiles—faster, less expensive fabrication of complex DNA objects

Foresight Update 25.06—June 11, 2012
ISSN 1078-9731

Foresight is pleased to announce that Paul Melnyk has been elected Treasurer. Paul has long been involved with Foresight, and served previously as Treasurer. His appointment as Treasurer was unanimously approved by the Board at its meeting on June 5, 2012. Outgoing Treasurer Steve Vetter will continue as Secretary and his work promoting the Senior Associate program, which he founded.

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Foresight Institute at Space Frontier Conference

Foresight’s Director of Development and Outreach Desiree D. Dudley will speak on a panel at the Space Frontier Foundation’s NewSpace 2012 conference at NASA-Ames July 26-28. …

DNA tiles provide faster, less expensive way to fabricate complex DNA objects

A substantial addition has been made to the toolkit for structural DNA nanotechnology. Currently the only general way to build arbitrarily complex 100-nm-scale DNA objects is scaffolded DNA origami, …

Carbon nanotube graphene composite improves downhill bike rim

The superiority of nanostructured materials continues to find real commercial applications. A hat tip to for reporting this success from Zyvex Technologies for their proprietary carbon nanotube and graphene engineered composite material. …

New Darpa program may accelerate synthetic biology path to advanced nanotechnology

Synthetic biology promises near-term breakthroughs in medicine, materials, and energy, and is also one promising development pathway leading to advanced nanotechnology and a general capability for programmable, atomically-precise manufacturing. Darpa (US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) has launched a new program that could greatly accelerate progress in synthetic biology …

Novel silicon nanostructure extends battery life

A clever new method for making hollow silicon nanostructures produces a battery anode that is not quickly destroyed by the stress of repeated charging and discharging. …

Drug-resistant cancer cells cannot resist plasmonic nanobubbles

In yet another wrinkle in the rapidly developing area of using nanotechnology to enhance cancer chemotherapy, targeted nanoparticles were used to produce “nanobubbles” inside cancer cells instead of to deliver a chemotherapy drug to the cancer cells. …

Foresight Institute on Singularity Hub (video)

Foresight’s Director of Development and Outreach Desiree D. Dudley was featured recently on Singularity Hub talking about Foresight and nanotechnology. …

Nanosponges to recover spilled oil (includes video)

A new technique that dopes carbon nanotubes with boron atoms provides new evidence of the enormous practical utility of improving methods to control the structure of matter at the nanometer scale, even if the control is not yet atomically precise. …

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis.

Foresight Events – Lectures

President Larry Millstein participated in the "No MOS" workshop held June 7 and 8, 2012 at NIST organized by John Randall of the the Atomically Precise Manufacturing Consortium and Zyvex. The workshop focused on atomically precise methods and structures developed by Michelle Simmons at the University of New South Wales and on ways to scale this technology and uses it to make atomically precise devices. Details on the workshop will be provided in forth coming updates.

NewSpace Conference 2012
July 26-28, 2012
Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, CA, USA

Foresight's Director of Development and Outreach Desiree D. Dudley will speak on a panel at the Space Frontier Foundation's NewSpace 2012 conference at NASA-Ames July 26-28. Right now the schedule has the panel titled "Approaching the Tipping Point: How Emergent Technologies Will Change the Way We Look at the Future of Spaceflight" at 2pm Saturday the 28th.

Exploring the frontiers of knowledge and imagination, fostering interdisciplinary networking
August 8, 2012
Stanford University, Stanford, CA USA

Foresight Institute co-founder and Past President Christine Peterson will speak at the Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous of August 2012, chaired by Piero Scaruffi. Her talk is scheduled from 8:30-8:55pm and is titled "The Nanocentury: Bringing Digital Control to the Physical World".

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.

Since 1986, the Foresight Institute has been in the forefront of a worldwide community of visionaries who work to help shape these possibilities into a positive, beneficial reality. If you would like to help us understand the potential of these technologies, and influence their direction, please consider becoming a member of the Foresight community. With your support, Foresight will continue to educate the general public on these technologies and what they will mean to our society.

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Nanotech Conference & Expo, 2012
June 18-21, 2012
Santa Clara, CA USA

Join us in Santa Clara for the world's largest gathering of nanotechnology experts. In our 15th year, come network with over 4,000 participants and 300 exhibitors and be part of this incredible global innovation community.

Nano Measure 2012
June 19-20, 2012
Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA USA

Agilent Technologies is pleased to announce the second Nano Measure scientific symposium. Nano Measure 2012 will feature some of the most prestigious scientists in their respective fields presenting leading-edge, nanomeasurement-driven research.

The 6th International Symposium on Macro- and Supramolecular Architectures and Materials (MAM-12)
November 21-25, 2012
Coimbatore, India

Novel materials will play a key role in science and technology in the 21st century.

Printed Electronics USA 2012
December 5-6, 2012
Santa Clara, CA USA

Printed Electronics is one of the fastest growing technologies in the world. This event, the World's largest on the topic and growing rapidly every year, is your information and networking hub on the topic. Printed Electronics USA is co-located with the Photovoltaics IDTechEx event.

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