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DNA and related nanotechnology methods get hot.

Posted by RobertBradbury on January 19th, 2005

SpaceDaily based on UPI is covering how scientists from Luc Jaeger at UCSB to Ned Seeman at NYU (and others) are creating grand plans to use DNA and related chemical molecules to do everything from assembly to analysis.

Sounds like the combination of the fact that the hardware to do the synthesis of these molecules exists and the fact that there are a lot of things these molecules can manage via self-assembly is giving these methods a lead in the "real" molecular nanotechnology arena.

Nanotechnology funding database

Posted by RobertBradbury on January 18th, 2005

The LANL/Sandia "Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies" is providing a database of solicitations for future funding by the government (including DARPA and military) for nanotechnology R&D.

This will give you some idea of where all of those $ billions will be going…

New Site Examines Human Side of AI

Posted by RobertBradbury on January 11th, 2005

Julie Hillan writes "Visit our new site and register (its free, no spam) to meet others interested in FN4 AI topics.

Frontiernumber4 (FN4) was founded in 2004 to create and maintain an online community of researchers, students and interested individuals from varied academic backgrounds to examine and discuss social, philosophical and ethical issues surrounding the development of Embodied Intelligent Agents (EIA) and Socially Intelligent Agents (SIA)."

Europe’s nanotech priorities

Posted by RobertBradbury on January 6th, 2005

As was pointed out in this article brought to our attention by Christine Peterson, Europe seems to be picking up the nanotech pace in a serious way.

We can divide the world up in terms of expertise. Perhaps the U.S. has the crown with inventiveness. But Europe has the Ariane (which still happens to be flying), Mercedes, Bentleys and Rolls (all of which are very good examples of fine engineering). The Asian collective has a unique ability to turn ideas into mass appeal products and make them affordable enough that they can sell millions.

[*Yes*, I am grossly generalizing here but please take it within the context of the conversation.]

So the question becomes — *who* will be the developers of and subsequently who will dominate the nanotech markets?

Mike Honda/IEEE Nano event

Posted by RobertBradbury on January 2nd, 2005

Gina Miller writes "Government Support for Nanotechnology in Silicon Valley with Congressman Mike Honda presented by IEEE SF Bay Area Nanotechnology Council will be held January 18, 2005 in San Jose, California, USA. Email: to RSVP or with questions."

Radical Nanotechnology and open debate

Posted by RobertBradbury on December 19th, 2004

Richard Jones, a physicist in the UK and author of the book: Soft Machines: nanotechnology and life, has a rather extensive blog detailing a number of aspects of the debate between the ETC Group, CRN, Drexlerites (esp. Merkle & Freitas) and the majority of nanoscale scientists at this time.

Well worth a look.

Greenpeace UK position on nanotech: it depends

Posted by RobertBradbury on December 6th, 2004

Christine Peterson points out a letter from Greenpeace UK Chief Scientist Doug Parr to the editors of the Times regarding comments from Tracy Brown from Sense About Science asserting that Greenpeace is opposed to nanotechnology. It appears that is not entirely accurate. They may support nanotechnology if a case can be made that the benefits outweigh the risks.

New strongest acid

Posted by RobertBradbury on November 23rd, 2004

Chemists at U.C. Riverside have apparently discovered a carborane (a complex molecule of boron, carbon, chlorine and hydrogen) that they are claiming is the world's strongest acid. Details are here. Perhaps this provides an additional tool for the chemistry path to molecular nanotechnology.

Nanotechnology as a patent category

Posted by RobertBradbury on October 24th, 2004

The New York Times (registration required) is reporting in Tiny Ideas Coming of Age that "nanotechnology" is now a legitimate patent category (Class 977).

The problem is that the definition "one dimension of an invention be less than 100 nanometers" is so general that its questionable whether or not it will be useful (for example all drug molecules fall into this category). And then of course there is the quote, "a number of overlapping patents have already been issued".

Is this an improvement or just one more sign that in a world as complex as ours currently is the patent system is fundamentally flawed?

At the Intersection of Art and Science: nano

Posted by harperb on January 22nd, 2004

A new collaboration between UCLA and the LA Museum of art seems to have produced an innovative new exhibit (permalink here) depicting the crossroads between art, science, and culture, and how they influence one another.

If anyone in the LA area happens to make it by the exhibit, feel free to submit a review of the exhibit to us, and we'll include it in a future posting on nanodot…


Distributed Computing project for nanotech

Posted by harperb on October 16th, 2003

Matt Gordon writes "Hello, I found a website on the web that is trying to get a distributed computing project started for nanotech. If possible, maybe create a link to it on your site, or at least mention it. It is: Thanks, Matt"

Individual genome sequencing via nanotechnology

Posted by Jim Lewis on September 22nd, 2002

from the Know-thyself dept.
Gina Miller writes "A small British company Solexa is developing a dense single molecule array, based on nanotechnology, that allows simultaneous analysis of hundreds of millions of individual molecules. It expects to apply this technology to sequencing an individual human genome much more quickly and cheaply than can be done with current methods: Cambridge University Spinoff Devises Array for Swift, Cheap Resequencing. The arrays could also be applied to studying interactions between other large sets of molecules."

More flexible optical tweezers

Posted by Jim Lewis on September 20th, 2002

from the Picking-and-placing dept.
Ravi Pandya writes "From Nature, September 12 2002 'Self-healing tweezers' (free registration required):"

The development of optical tweezers for the manipulation of objects at micrometre and submicrometre scales has opened up many new possibilities across the physical and biological sciences. The use of self-reconstructing 'Bessel beams' now extends their potential to allow the simultaneous manipulation of many different objects by a single set of tweezers….

Senate scrutinizes U.S. nanotech investments

Posted by Jim Lewis on September 18th, 2002

from the More-dollars dept.
Stan Hutchings writes "A Senate subcommittee held a hearing examining U.S. investments in Nanotechnology research. nt/itspending/story/0,10801,74341,00.html"

Foresight Advisor Jamie Dinkelacker points to a c|net article Nanotech funding bill in the wings further describing the proposed funding, "Sen. Ron Wyden has big plans for small technology."

Nanotechnology for decision makers

Posted by Jim Lewis on September 12th, 2002

from the what-does-it-all-mean? dept.
Long-time Foresight Senior Associate Richard Smith, now with Alternative Futures Associates, has announced a Forum on Nanotechnology Strategy that

… provides a practical understanding of how nanotechnology will impact how you compete, from recent developments to the frontiers of science. The forum gives you the insight of science visionaries and nano-entrepreneurs, business leaders and policy-makers to fully explore what this journey will mean in real terms for your organization. Only the Forum will help improve the return of your strategic investments in nanotech over the next decade.

Rather pricey, but if you happen to be a senior decision maker for an organization with substantial resources ….

Carbon nanotubes on Intel chips?

Posted by Jim Lewis on September 6th, 2002

from the rumors-and-speculations dept.
c/net reports Intel to unveil nanotechnology plans at a forum in San Jose next Thursday. A senior vice president of Intel is to reveal previously announced strategies for moving from the current 130-nm chip elements to less than 100-nm elements. The article speculates that unannounced research efforts to be revealed might include carbon nanotube use in chips. A Nanodot post of August 14 2002 reported Intel's first foray into nanotechnology with 'strained silicon' technology.

Automated engineering reinvents radio

Posted by Jim Lewis on September 3rd, 2002

from the unexpected-outcomes dept.
Mr_Farlops writes "Many nanodot readers are familiar with silicon compilers, programs that design circuitry for computers. In this article from New Scientist, a circuit design program using genetic algorithms unexpectedly generated a radio circuit rather than designing an oscillator as it was told to do."


Nano Gallery — Pretty pictures and movies

Posted by Jim Lewis on August 24th, 2002

from the Scientific-Visualization dept.
waynerad writes "Here's a fun website I found: The NASA Nanotechnology Gallery. It has: pretty pictures, powerpoint presentations, and MPEG movies of carbon nanotubes (mostly)."

Stock offering shows investor enthusiasm for nanotech

Posted by Jim Lewis on August 14th, 2002

from the place-your-bets dept.
Enthusiasm of investors for nanotechnology is evidenced by the warm reception given a recent offering of stock by a company that invests in nanotechnology companies that are not themselves publicly traded. Harris & Harris Group Receives Subscriptions For 2,634,614 Shares Of Stock In Rights Offering, available at, quotes Harris & Harris CEO Charles E. Harris, "… we can only interpret this successful Rights Offering as strong testimony to our shareholders' desire to put money to work through the Company in tiny-technology enabled investments. We certainly thank our fellow shareholders for their support."

Nanotechnology Theme Movie

Posted by Jim Lewis on August 5th, 2002

from the big-budget-silver-screen-tiny-tech dept.
Gina Miller writes " a portal for movies in development has posted on the front page, news that FOX is intending to film the not yet released book _Prey_ by Michael Crichton. The author has received 5 million dollars for the movie rights of his novel. Quote; 'The details are more covert than Site B operations, but the story apparently involves nanotechnology, and is a political thriller that blends themes from the writer's Andromeda Strain and Jurassic Park.' The book will be released in November."