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Carbyne: the strongest, stiffest carbon chain

Posted by Stephanie C on October 11th, 2013

Carbyne – a straight line of carbon atoms linked by double bonds or by alternating single and triple bonds — is the next stiff, carbon-based structure with unusual and desirable properties. It has been observed under limited natural and experimental conditions, is expected to be difficult to synthesize and store, and now has been theoretically [...]

Building a hub for nanotech advancement

Posted by Stephanie C on September 17th, 2013

Nanotechnology draws from physics, chemistry, engineering, computation, etc., and this multi-disciplinary nature has served as a major speed bump in achievement of envisioned nanotech goals. There has been substantial concern that the U.S. is lagging behind other countries in nanotech R&D. Now researchers, companies, and politicians are coming together to create a much-needed physical hub [...]

Nanoscale box aids single-molecule optical detection

Posted by Stephanie C on July 29th, 2013

Good old fashioned boxes are here to stay, even in the context of nanoscale devices. Across a broad range of technologies and size regimes, boxes serve as containers for components, barriers against contaminants and/or radiation, and, as in the case of cell membranes, can be permeable to allow selected interactions between the interior and exterior. [...]

Shape may play an important role in nanoparticle-based therapeutics

Posted by Stephanie C on October 19th, 2012

Researchers from Johns Hopkins and Northwestern Universities developed a set of shape-tunable DNA-copolymer nanoparticles that incorporate a fixed amount of DNA yet display as much as 1,680-fold difference in transfection efficiency in rat liver studies. The study may shed new light on the importance of shape in nanoparticle-based drug delivery and gene therapy.

Feynman Prizes in Nanotechnology Awarded by Foresight Institute

Posted by Jim Lewis on December 20th, 2010

Palo Alto, CA – December 20, 2010 – The Foresight Institute, a nanotechnology education and public policy think tank based in Palo Alto, has announced the winners of the prestigious 2010 Foresight Institute Feynman Prizes in Nanotechnology. Established in 1993 in honor of Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman, two $5,000 prizes are awarded in two [...]

Congressman Commends Focus on Job Creation in National Nanotechnology Initiative Draft Strategic Plan

Posted by Jim Lewis on December 6th, 2010

Research and Science Education Subcommittee Chairman Dan Lipinski (IL-03) expressed his strong support for the National Nanotechnology Initiative’s draft Strategic Plan, in particular its focus on ensuring that America’s substantial investment in nanotech research and development is turned into new companies, products, and jobs.

Project launched to create and test a molecular-sized processor chip

Posted by Jim Lewis on November 23rd, 2010

Singapore and European Union launch project to create and test a molecular-sized processor chip.

Join us at Singularity Summit, Aug. 14-15 on intelligence augmentation

Posted by Christine Peterson on June 16th, 2010

Many Foresight leaders and members will be gathering at this year’s Singularity Summit in San Francisco, expected to draw up to 1100 participants.  It’s a bit pricey, but it’s for a good cause and there are student and referral discounts plus discounts on the hotel rooms.  I can testify that this is a fun and [...]

Consortium for atomically precise manufacturing awarded $9.7 M to develop advanced nanotechnology

Posted by Jim Lewis on October 8th, 2008

DARPA and a Texas fund have awarded $9.7M to investigate one nanotech path toward atomically precise manufacturing.

Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno Revolutions to be Explored at Convergence08 Unconference

Posted by Jim Lewis on September 29th, 2008

The Convergence08 conference (www.convergence08.org) on Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno (NBIC) technologies and their interactions will be held November 15-16, 2008 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. The event will use an innovative “unconference” format to enable participants to customize the event in a highly interactive way. Paul Saffo, a Silicon Valley forecaster with over two [...]

Nanotechnology Roadmap for Atomically Precise Manufacturing Now Available

Posted by Christine Peterson on January 29th, 2008

Dear Foresight members and friends: It is with great pleasure that we announce the availability of the first Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems. Some of you have seen earlier drafts, but the document is now official. Files can be downloaded at: http://foresight.org/roadmaps Below is the text of the press release going out today. We look [...]

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 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: Activists throw baby out with bathwater

Posted by Christine Peterson on August 1st, 2007

First, I should state that I yield to no one when it comes to caring about the environment. That’s what got me interested in nanotechnology in the first place, and a large part of why Foresight was founded in 1986 and keeps going today. So I was disappointed with the recent press release from a [...]

Dr. Pearl Chin named Foresight President

Posted by Christine Peterson on June 8th, 2007

After a lengthy search, Foresight Nanotech Institute is very pleased to announce our new President, Dr. Pearl Chin. You can see her bio and photo on our website. Welcome to the team, Pearl! —Christine Nanotechnology Think Tank Appoints Dr. Pearl Chin President Foresight Nanotech Institute to further research, policy Palo Alto, Calif. June 8, 2007 [...]

Nanotechnology Roadmap launch: Productive Nanosystems Conference, Oct 9-10

Posted by Christine Peterson on May 8th, 2007

Foresight, Battelle, and Working Group members have been working away on our Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems since late 2005. Now the Society of Manufacturing Engineers is pitching in on co-sponsoring the launch conference. Below is the press release; we hope to see you at the conference! —Christine Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems to be [...]

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 [...]

Good news: Springer launches open access nano journal

Posted by Christine Peterson on July 5th, 2006

In a release titled First nanotechnology journal from a major publisher to offer open access, Springer announced its new journal “Nanoscale Research Letters (NRL), which will be the first nanotechnology journal from a major commercial publisher to publish articles with open access. The new journal provides an interdisciplinary forum for the open communication of scientific [...]

Webinar on computer-aided design for nanobio

Posted by Christine Peterson on June 27th, 2006

Accelrys is having a July 13 webinar, which I assume is free, on how to use their software for nanobio purposes. They say it enables “multiscale modeling that enables seamless design from the molecular level through full device”, which is pretty impressive. UPDATE: Yes, it’s free. —Christine Read more for the full press release

Foresight Student Awardee named Top 35 Innovator by Tech Review

Posted by Christine Peterson on September 21st, 2005

In only six years, Harvard/MIT’s Anita Goel has gone from winning the 1999 Foresight Institute Distinguished Student Award for her work in nanotech, to founding Nanobiosym and being named one of world’s top 35 Young Scientific Innovators by MIT’s Technology Review Magazine. Can we pick ‘em or what? Come to this year’s Feynman Prize Banquet [...]