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Foresight’s student award-winners go on to great things

Posted by Christine Peterson on July 20th, 2010

Foresight Research Analyst and Technical Editor James Lewis has tracked the careers of those receiving Foresight’s student award.  Here are his findings on the careers of a few of these gifted young researchers: We at Foresight find it gratifying to track the subsequent careers of those who have won our nanotechnology-related prizes and awards, in [...]

Willow Garage reaches robotic milestone involving beer (video)

Posted by Christine Peterson on July 9th, 2010

Finishing off the week on a fun note, we see that robotic firm Willow Garage — of special interest to Foresight due to their emphasis on open source — has achieved an important milestone in robotics: namely, the ability for a robot to fetch a beer from the fridge and deliver it. It’s worth seeing [...]

Seeman, Eigler to share $1 million Kavli nano prize

Posted by Christine Peterson on June 4th, 2010

Foresight Feynman Prize winner Nadrian Seeman will share the $1 million Kavli Prize in nanoscience with IBM’s Don Eigler.  From the SciAm blog by Katie Moisse: Donald Eigler from IBM’s Almaden Research Center in San Jose, Calif., and Nadrian Seeman from New York University will jointly accept the nanoscience prize for illuminating the basic units of [...]

Freitas awarded first mechanosynthesis patent

Posted by Christine Peterson on April 12th, 2010

The winner of the 2009 Foresight Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology (Theory), Robert A. Freitas Jr., has now been granted the first diamond mechanosynthesis patent.  This is not just the first DMS patent but also, I believe, the first mechanosynthesis patent that has ever been issued.  Freitas is the sole inventor on this patent, which was [...]

Berkeley gets Willow Garage robot to fold towels: video

Posted by Christine Peterson on April 6th, 2010

Finally, the first step has been made toward the longed-for goal of a robot which can do laundry: Of course, this also gives us some idea of other formerly human-only tasks that robots are likely to take over in the next decade or two. Thanks to for bringing this to our attention.  —Chris [...]

Merkle wins Hamming Medal with Diffie, Hellman

Posted by Christine Peterson on February 16th, 2010

Foresight Institute Feynman Prize winner Dr. Ralph Merkle, perhaps better known to Nanodot readers for his nanotech work, has just won the IEEE’s Hamming Medal along with Martin Hellman and Whitfield Diffie: Thirty-five years ago, Martin Hellman, Whitfield Diffie and Ralph Merkle developed an easy method for sending secure messages over insecure channels. With the [...]

You saw it here first…

Posted by J. Storrs Hall on October 19th, 2009

Researcher honored for experimental work in nanotechnology. — AFOSR via Eurekalert This is a re-announcement of Custance, Sugimoto, and Abe’ Feynman Prize from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. (I have a personal fondness for AFOSR since they funded some of my optical computing research back in the 80′s.) The Feynman Prizes in Nanotechnology [...]

DNA in the lead for nanotechnology construction

Posted by Christine Peterson on January 17th, 2008

DNA-based construction is one of the major contenders on the pathway to atomically-precise manufacturing, and Caltech has made an important advance in that direction. From New Scientist: A group at the California Institute of Technology, led by biomolecular engineer Niles Pierce, has created a DNA-based fabricator. This is a system that allows the team to [...]

Future City Competition saves cities with nanotechnology

Posted by Christine Peterson on January 11th, 2008

Nanowerk brings to our attention the Future City Competition, using SimCity software and sponsored by National Engineers Week, which this year is focused on nanotechnology and how to use it to prevent tomorrow’s urban disasters: Future City Students Confront Urban Disasters and Engineer Hope with Nanotechnology Seventh- and eighth-graders in the annual National Engineers Week [...]

Which presidential candidate for nanotechnology?

Posted by Christine Peterson on January 8th, 2008

Nanodot readers in the U.S. may be asking, who should I vote for to promote nanotechnology? Good question! Your suggestions are welcome in the comments section. Meanwhile, see this post by Prof. Robin Hanson (inventor of prediction markets, formerly called idea futures) about a tool that could be used to find out more clearly what [...]

Nanotechnology to reduce testing on animals?

Posted by Christine Peterson on November 19th, 2007

Most of us avoid thinking much about the testing of human products on animals to check for safety. It’s distressing and we wish there were another, better way. Nanotech should eventually make such testing entirely obsolete, and the early stages of this process have begun. You can hear the latest in London this May at [...]

UK takes lead in the nanotechnology that matters

Posted by Christine Peterson on October 24th, 2007

Perhaps our headline is a bit overstated…or perhaps not. Jim Lewis brings to our attention an article in Chemistry World on the Royal Society of Chemistry website announcing that, as anticipated, the UK has officially funded a set of projects aimed at developing a nanofactory able to build with atomic precision: UK scientists have been [...]

Nanotechnology prizes go to Leigh, Stoddart, Freitas, Ou

Posted by Christine Peterson on October 9th, 2007

Feynman Prizes Awarded by Foresight Nanotech Institute Nanotechnology Think Tank Honors Top Researchers, Author and Student Palo Alto, CA – October 9, 2007 – Foresight Nanotech Institute, the leading think tank and public interest organization focused on nanotechnology, awarded prizes to leaders in research, communication and study in the field of nanotechnology at the Productive [...]

Feynman prize finalist Fraser Stoddart in nanotechnology webcast

Posted by Christine Peterson on September 14th, 2007

For your nanotech weekend viewing enjoyment, we bring to your attention a free webcast posted by Institute of Nanotechnology (UK) of a lecture by Sir Fraser Stoddart entitled Chemistry and Molecular Nanotechnology for Tomorrow’s World. The IoN webcast system gives you video, audio, and his slides all together at one time. It worked pretty well [...]

Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology: 2007 Finalists announced

Posted by Christine Peterson on September 5th, 2007

Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology Finalists Announced Top Nanotechnology Researchers to be Honored at Productive Nanosystems Conference, October 9-10 Palo Alto, CA — September 5, 2007 – Foresight Nanotech Institute, a leading think tank and public interest organization focused on nanotechnology, announced the finalists for the 2007 Foresight Institute Feynman Prizes. These prestigious prizes, named in [...]

Nanotechnology to reduce experiments on animals

Posted by Christine Peterson on August 10th, 2007

Here’s a cheerful note on which to end our week: Most of us would like to reduce the need for experimentation on animals, but the question has been how to do it without increasing risks to humans. Now nanotech is being considered as a possible route, in a new conference sponsored by IoN (there does [...]

7th graders to clean ocean with nanotechnology

Posted by Christine Peterson on April 26th, 2007

The winners of this year’s Lego engineering contest were inspired by nanotechnology concepts to design a robot to clean plastic from the ocean: For the competition, the students had to prepare a presentation on this year’s theme — nanotechnology, or molecular-size machines. They looked for a nanotech application that could clean up small, degraded plastic [...]

What’s next for nanotechnology

Posted by Christine Peterson on March 2nd, 2007

A recent issue of the useful journal Nanotechnology Law & Business includes a review (pdf) by Daniel Moore of J. Storrs Hall’s book Nanofuture: What’s Next for Nanotechnology. The conclusion: Nanofuture: What’s Next for Nanotechnology will be of interest to those looking for an introduction to the concepts of nanotechnology and molecular manufacturing. It is [...]

Sun’s nanotechnology vision paying off

Posted by Christine Peterson on January 30th, 2007

Those of you who have tracked nanotechnology for a long time know that Sun Microsystems was one of the first corporations to take an interest in the field, e.g., sponsoring the Foresight Conferences over the years, and more recently helping to fund the Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems. Now that foresight, combined with their compatibility [...]

U.K. nanotechnology project causing U.S. nanoenvy

Posted by Christine Peterson on January 17th, 2007

In addition to the experimental project described here yesterday, there are now two more posted on the U.K. Software Control of Matter Ideas Factory blog which are very likely to be funded — the first experimental, the second theoretical: Directed Reconfigurable Nanomachines We propose a scheme to revolutionise the synthesis of nanodevices, nanomachines, and, ultimately, [...]