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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, [...]

European nanotechnology team builds molecular rack-and-pinion

Posted by Christine Peterson on January 8th, 2007

Christian Joachim, winner of Feynman Prizes in Nanotechnology for both experiment and theory, continues his exciting molecular machine systems work with a recent publication authored by a German/French team in Nature Materials titled “A rack-and-pinion device at the molecular scale“. From the summary and conclusion: In this work, we present a molecular rack-and-pinion device for [...]

Knighthood for molecular nanotechnology researcher

Posted by Christine Peterson on January 3rd, 2007

David Leigh, Richard Jones, and other alert readers report that Fraser Stoddart has been knighted for “services to chemistry and molecular nanotechnology.” From the UCLA press release: UCLA professor Fraser Stoddart, director of the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), who holds UCLA’s Fred Kavli Chair in NanoSystems Sciences, has been appointed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth [...]

Forbes’ 2006 Top 5 nanotechnology breakthroughs

Posted by Christine Peterson on December 27th, 2006

Forbes announces its top five nanotechnology breakthroughs for 2006, and we’re not surprised to see the winner of this year’s Foresight Institute Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology listed as #1: 1. DNA origami, at Caltech 2. Nanomagnets to clean up drinking water, at Rice 3. Arrays connect nanowire transistors with neurons, at Harvard 4. Single nanotube [...]

New nanotechnology movie shows nanocar propulsion

Posted by Christine Peterson on December 8th, 2006

The Future of Things, an online magazine based in Israel, has a nanotechnology article/interview with the clearest explanation I’ve seen of the two generations of nanocars built at Rice University. We’ve discussed this before, but a more comprehensible exposition is always welcome. See especially the Flash movie of how the latest nanocar moves. Some excerpts: [...]

How a molecular nanotechnology bearing will actually move

Posted by Christine Peterson on December 7th, 2006

Will Ware, whom you may remember from NanoCAD, has done the most accurate simulation and animation of a molecular bearing design to date. He explains: Using NanoEngineer-1 (see and other open-source software, I have created an animated simulation of the molecular bearing design on page 298 of Nanosystems by Eric Drexler. I worked with [...]

Nanotechnology for medicine: Harvard’s new Kavli Institute to develop tiny machines for nanomedicine

Posted by Christine Peterson on September 29th, 2006

Philanthropist Fred Kavli has extended his nanotech research giving to found the Kavli Institute for Bionano Science and Technology at Harvard. From the Harvard press release: The Kavli Foundation and Harvard University have agreed to establish the Kavli Institute for Bionano Science and Technology (KIBST). The endowment from the Kavli Foundation will help to boost [...]

Bottom-up nanotechnology to be speeded by nanoliter-on-a-chip reactors

Posted by Christine Peterson on August 23rd, 2006

Great news in the August 2006 issue of Nano Today in an opinion piece by two UCLA researchers, Guodong Sui and Hsian-Rong Tseng, titled “Reactions in hand: Digitally controlled microreactors are providing chemists with a new playground for discovery.” First, some background. As an MIT undergrad in chemistry, I tried to make reactions work in [...]