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US government report highlights flaws in US nanotechnology effort

Posted by Jim Lewis on April 1st, 2014

The concern of the US GAO for a gap in nanomanufacturing is well-placed, but it is only half of the problem with the limited US vision of the impact of nanotechnology on the future world economy.

Upcoming Book Explores Nanomedical Device and Systems Design

Posted by Jim Lewis on November 21st, 2013

A new book by Frank Boehm explores the challenges, possibilities, and visions of nanomedical device and systems design.

Nanotechnology a theme of first Autodesk Design Night

Posted by Jim Lewis on August 28th, 2012

September 6, 2012. San Francisco. General admission to Design Night is $20 and student admission is $10. Admission fees include access to the exhibits, content such as a speaker, music, a hosted bar, and hands-on activities.

Know a young visionary who deserves a large grant? Deadline Dec 31

Posted by Jim Lewis on December 15th, 2011

The Thiel Foundation is offering $100,000 grants to innovators age 19 or younger who want to skip college and focus on their work, their research, and their self-education—Deadline Dec 31.

Time magazine cover article on the Singularity, Ray Kurzweil, AI and nanotechnology

Posted by Jim Lewis on February 17th, 2011

A cover article in Time magazine portrays the Singularity, Ray Kurzweil, AI, life extension, and nanotechnology as “an idea that rewards sober, careful evaluation.”

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 [...]

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.

First massively multiplayer forecasting platform to look for solutions to future scenarios

Posted by Jim Lewis on October 8th, 2008

Christine Peterson passes along this news from the quarterly update of the Institute for the Future (IFTF) as something worth considering: “Foresight members and Nanodot readers may wish to join this collaborative forecasting effort.” The IFTF announced their First Massively Multiplayer Forecasting Platform (MMFG): MMFGs are collaborative, open-source simulations of imagined future scenarios. Designed to [...]

Russia wants to partner with Israel in nanotechnology research

Posted by Jim Lewis on September 8th, 2008

News from RIA Novosti of a promising nanotech partnership between Russia and Israel

Potential of nanotechnology for clean energy draws attention of US presidential candidates

Posted by Jim Lewis on August 6th, 2008

A role for nanotech applications can be seen in the responses to the US energy crisis made by both candidates for the US Presidency.

Kavli prize honors nanotechnology researchers

Posted by Jim Lewis on June 3rd, 2008

Two researchers were rewarded with the 2008 Kavli Prize in Nanoscience for their pioneering discoveries of quantum dots and carbon nanotubes.

Comparison of Idealist, Commercial and Guardian Syndromes

Posted by DaveKrieger on October 25th, 2000

from the not-just-a-comment,-it's-a-commentary dept.
Tom McKendree writes, "Pat Gratton's idea of a third moral syndrome, Idealist, to complement the Commercial and Guardian syndromes described in Jane Jacob's Systems of Survival, is sufficiently compelling to deserve further exploration. (For more discussion of this concept, see the original story on nanodot).

I've tried to compare the three syndromes, matching characteristics where I could, and guessing characteristics where there seemed to be holes. From this exercise, I would guess that the Idealist Moral Syndrome also says 'Respect truth,' 'Collaborate easily with strangers and aliens for the sake of the task,' and 'Treasure standing in the subject area community.'"

Click Read More… to view Tom's table summarizing the comparison.

AAAS meeting in SF highlights nanotechnology

Posted by Christine Peterson on October 18th, 2000

from the see-you-there! dept.
Senior Associate AlisonChaiken writes "The upcoming 2001 American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting will prominently feature a Nanotechnology Seminar. Among the speakers at this seminar will be Foresight friend James Ellenbogen [and Feynman Prize winner Phaedon Avouris --CP]. The meeting will be held in San Francisco from February 15th through 20th within easy reach of public transit. For those not familiar with AAAS, it is the organization that publishes the important journal Science that is so often referred to here on Nanodot. AAAS meetings tend to have layperson-friendly interdisciplinary talks on wide-ranging topics, particularly those that impact public policy — not unlike Foresight fall meetings, but ten times larger." CP: Foresight hopes to have a table at this meeting, thanks to Alison's prompting.

Single-electron transistor at IEDM

Posted by DaveKrieger on October 9th, 2000

from the they-know-how-to-make-the-little-things-count dept.
GinaMiller pointed out an EE Times article on the upcoming International Electron Devices Meeting, Dec. 11-13 in San Francisco. "A team from Japan's NTT research laboratories has gone beyond the realm of single-transistor devices to build the first elemental circuit using single-electron transistors. The team fabricated the circuit using a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) process and a vertical pattern-dependent oxidation technique. When operating at 25 K, the circuit performed basic arithmetic calculations."

Copying Virus Armor For Nanomachines?

Posted by DaveKrieger on September 26th, 2000

from the what-the-well-dressed-virus-is-wearing-this-season dept.
Sentharus pointed out an article at ScienceDaily entitled "Discovery Of Armored Viruses May Inspire New Designs For Nanotechnology," on research reported in the September 22 Science (registration required): "Now scientists have discovered that one type of virus actually comes equipped with an armored coat made of interlocking rings of protein…. remarkably similar to chain mail suits worn by medieval knights…. The armored virus was detected by an international team of scientists from Stanford, the Scripps Research Institute, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Uppsala in Sweden."

Ultimate computer noodling

Posted by Christine Peterson on September 4th, 2000

from the we'll-settle-for-nanocomputers dept.
brian writes "Nice article in New Scientist that serves to establish both a physical upper limit to computing and a timeline. Kinda 'de rigueur' for Foresight but I find this kind of article useful for explaining singularity-like concepts to people. I.e. getting people to realize that one day (rsn) a 1 Ghz Pentium will seem as useless as my old 1 Mhz Apple ][+ seems today:

So here is where Moore's law must end, with a billion-degree laptop or an exploding submicroscopic black hole. "The truth is we have no notion of how to attain these ultimate limits," admits Lloyd. But don't despair–put your faith in human ingenuity. If the rate of progress doesn't slow, we'll reach these ultimate physical limits in just two hundred years' time.

Originally from Slashdot; see ensuing discussion if you like."

Schneier: computer security is impossible

Posted by DaveKrieger on August 31st, 2000

from the capabilities-or-culpability? dept.
Bruce Schneier, author of the standard reference Applied Cryptography, has a new book out called Secrets and Lies. In an interview in Salon he talks about the book's main thesis: that secure computing is impossible: "Given the inevitability of attacks, 'prevention' can no longer be the security buzzword. Just as even the finest hockey goalies must regularly suffer the humiliation of allowing a goal, companies must learn to live with penetrations. Prepare for the worst, Schneier urges." Has the man never heard of capability security?

Ohio State wants to be next nanotech hotbed

Posted by RichardTerra on August 25th, 2000

from the not-what-I-was-thinking,-but-OK dept.

According to a press release for an upcoming conference on the medical applications of micro- and nanotechnologies, "the university, the city of Columbus, and the state of Ohio have invested heavily in the development of micro- and nanotechnology," says Mauro Ferrari, director of the Biomedical Engineering Center, and associate director of the Heart and Lung Institute at Ohio State.

In September, Ohio State University will host a comprehensive international conference devoted the medical uses of micro- and nanotechnology. About 70 research papers have been scheduled to be presented at "BioMEMS and Biomedical Nanotechnology World 2000." The conference will run September 23 through 26 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus.

The release concludes: "When people hear 'microelectronics,' they think of Silicon Valley," Ferrari Said. "Ten years from now, when people hear 'nanotechnology,' we want them to think of Ohio."

CIA advocates public education on nanotech

Posted by Christine Peterson on August 24th, 2000

from the so-where's-their-donation? dept.
This "news" predates nanodot, but it's worth noting this item from IDG that gives both NASA's views on nanotech (which we knew), but also the CIA's (which we didn't): The rapid pace of technological change is also forcing the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to adjust. In February 1999, the CIA formed IN-Q-Tel Inc., a nonprofit corporation set up to invest in technology companies. The CIA believes it is not currently able to keep up with developments in information technology infrastructures and is being challenged in its mission of presenting top-flight information to the federal government, Gilman Louie, president of IN-Q-Tel, said…Louie also advocated public education as an element in promoting support for nanotechnology. "The genie is already out of the bottle." he said.

Australian University Offers Undergraduate Degree Program in Nanotechnology

Posted by RichardTerra on August 21st, 2000

from the Groves-of-academe dept.

Flinders University, located in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia (about 750 km northwest of Melbourne) is offering a Bachelor of Science program in Nanotechnology. The BSc degree is an honours specialization of a general science degree program, adding nanotechnology-related courses to a curriculum that includes math, physics, chemistry and biology. A description of the program can be found on the Flinders web site, along with an overview of the coursework required for the program. There are apparently not yet any similar post-graduate programs in place.

This is the second degree-oriented academic program directly targeting nanotechnology that has come to our notice; the University of Washington (Seattle, USA) has initiated a doctoral (PhD) program in nanotechnology.