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Nanomedicine book gets rave review

Posted by Christine Peterson on October 19th, 2000

from the sounds-like-he-liked-it dept.
Greg Fahy of UCLA Medical has published a review in Life Extension magazine of Freitas's book Nanomedicine: "Nanomedicine is an endlessly impressive and uniquely important book. Like Newtonís Principia and Drexlerís Nanosystems, it stands as a marker between all that has come before, and all that will come in the future. For it is effectively a blueprint for the futureóessentially the whole futureóof health, longevity and medicine. It is not quite a predictionópredictions are notoriously difficultóbut is instead an engineering sketch of what will be possible for medicine based on the laws of physics and chemistry, when humankind can do everything consistent with those laws of physics. Despite its focus on the ultimate future of medicine, Nanomedicine is relevant to nearly everyone alive today and now, in many ways. It may save many lives, and it will certainly elevate many more. It is, in a sense, a gift from the future to those of us living in the present."

In-depth analysis of “rift” over nanotech goals

Posted by Christine Peterson on September 1st, 2000

from the required-reading dept.
UIUC mechanical engineering student Jon Horek has produced an excellent study for the IEEE titled A Critical Analysis of National Nanotechnology Research Funding (in pdf). It accurately describes, in some detail, the "rift" between researchers who advocate molecular manufacturing (MM) and those who do not. Horek concludes that the U.S. gov't working group on nanotechnology should increase dialogue with the MM research community. An astute analysis, long overdue.

(Google + Open Directory) x Nanotech = Useful

Posted by Christine Peterson on July 17th, 2000

from the what's-the-nano-herd-reading-these-days dept.
Jonathan Desp of Atoma writes: There is a nice page on Nanotechnology at Google." The Google directory is based on the Open Directory combined with Google technology and shows page popularity among Google users. Subcategories under Nanotech include Articles, Books, Businesses, Conferences, Funding, and Social & Political Implications.

Jef Raskin’s The Humane Interface

Posted by Christine Peterson on June 25th, 2000

from the can-there-be-a-truce-between-humans-and-computers? dept.
Senior Associate DickKarpinski writes "Jef Raskin's new book, The Humane Interface, is just out and everybody who cares to understand why computers are so hard to use, and how to fix them, should read it." Why should we care? The day is coming fast when the line blurs between computers and the human brain. If you'd prefer not to get that intimate with today's software, we need to get this straightened out soon. This book was found very useful by Foresight chairman Eric Drexler, and quite a few others who got it as a freebie at the Gathering, courtesy of Dick (thanks, Dick!).

Nanotech-specific search engine

Posted by ChrisP on June 20th, 2000

from the find-all-things-nano dept.
Pat Delany writes "Nanospot.org is a new web search engine just for nanotechnology. We target the contents of over 240 nanotech websites, including academic papers, opinion pieces, research/industrial equipment spec sheets, experiment results, researchers' cv's, general nano overviews, etc., to provide easy access to the best nanotechnology information on the web." ChrisPeterson writes "When you're looking for info on molecular nanotechnology, you may want to use this new nanotech-only search engine. Why? The big engines are weeks or months out of date. This one searches lots of nanotech websites and does it more often than the big engines can. It worked well when I tested it on a common nanotech search term."

Nanotech website review

Posted by ChrisP on May 23rd, 2000

from the reviews-of-reviews-of-the-negligible dept.
Check out this new website on nanotechnology, courtesy of About.com. The author, Steve Lenhert, seems to be using roughly the same definition of the topic as we do. If you explore the site thoroughly, please be sure to comment below.