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The potentially world-changing research that no one knows about

Posted by Stephanie C on October 29th, 2012

Too much reliance on opportunity-based research could significantly hinder scientific advancement. We have the ability now to explore the specifics of potential future technologies, and the knowledge gained could, in turn, add useful and possibly surprising priorities for research today.

NANOYOU video introduces nanotechnology to students and others

Posted by Jim Lewis on July 23rd, 2012

A European Commission-funded video and education portal introduces nanotechnology to students and others.

New Darpa program may accelerate synthetic biology path to advanced nanotechnology

Posted by Jim Lewis on May 26th, 2012

Darpa has launched a “Living Foundries” program to bring an engineering perspective to synthetic biology to greatly accelerate progress through standardization and modularization.

Panel recommends research to manage health and environmental risks of nanomaterials

Posted by Jim Lewis on January 28th, 2012

A National Academy of Sciences panel has recommended a four-part research effort focused on preventing and managing any potential health and environmental risks of nanomaterials.

Darpa seeks nanotechnology defense against novel pathogens

Posted by Jim Lewis on November 30th, 2011

To counter the threat of evolved or engineered resistance of pathogenic bacteria to antibiotics, Darpa proposes to use nanotechnology to develop “Rapidly Adaptable Nanotherapeutics”.

Video of very impressive DARPA-funded quadruped robot

Posted by Jim Lewis on October 7th, 2011

In light of our continuing interest in the ways in which nanotechnology will interact with robotics and other emerging technologies, here is an update from IEEE Spectrum on the Boston Dynamics robot project. The earlier version called BigDog was cited here a few years ago, and was impressive enough. The update is a substantially improved [...]

Green Nanotechnology Roadmap Highlights Opportunities and Challenges

Posted by Jim Lewis on August 23rd, 2011

A green nanotechnology roadmap released by the American Chemical Society describes the opportunities and barriers to developing commercial applications of nanomaterials that present little threat of harm to health and the environment, and concludes with an action agenda to more forward.

Synergistic benefit of using nanotechnology to simultaneously deliver two anticancer agents

Posted by Jim Lewis on December 28th, 2010

Nanoparticles that deliver two anticancer agents simultaneously kill cancer cells more effectively than nanoparticles delivering the agents separately.

Nanotechnology-enabled quantum computing may fuel a security race

Posted by Jim Lewis on December 24th, 2010

Senior Associate Alvin Steinberg suggests that we portray the nanotech race as in part a security race involving quantum computing.

DARPA, memristors, nanotechnology, and an approach to AI

Posted by Jim Lewis on December 10th, 2010

DARPA is basing an approach to AI on devices called memristors that use a nanoscale property to mimic neurons.

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.

Request for public comment on National Nanotechnology Initiative’s Strategic Plan

Posted by Jim Lewis on November 5th, 2010

US National Nanotechnology Initiative wants your comments on its strategic plan.

New X-ray laser for basic research in nanotechnology

Posted by Jim Lewis on October 21st, 2010

New X-ray laser to make stop-motion movies of atomic processes

“Science court”-style software from the CIA

Posted by Christine Peterson on August 16th, 2010

Longtime Foresight supporter John Gilmore writes: “I noticed a story that reminded me of something Foresight wanted to encourage in society.  Wired reports that the CIA uses decision analysis software ‘Analysis of Competing Hypotheses’, and has funded a rewritten version for shared networked analysis by many people.  But the gov’t contractors got into a hassle [...]

Singapore pursues Atom Technology & atomically precise manufacturing

Posted by Christine Peterson on July 6th, 2010

Nanotechnology Now brings news of a recent Atom Technology workshop in Singapore featuring dual Foresight Institute Feynman Prize winner Christian Joachim, Feynman Prize founder Jim Von Ehr of Zyvex Labs and Zyvex Asia, and Foresight Roadmap participant Damian Allis of Syracuse University: Atom Technology is IMRE’s flagship program led by well known scientist Prof. Christian [...]

Vote and comment on IMM/Foresight statement to President’s Council

Posted by Christine Peterson on June 1st, 2010

The U.S. President’s Council on Advisors on Science and Technology requested public input on a number of manufacturing topics including “molecular-level, atomically precise production.” Foresight joined with our sister organization IMM to produce a statement on Atomically Precise Manufacturing, now posted on the OpenPCAST site, with public voting and commenting still continuing, so join in the [...]

Live webcast tomorrow March 12 on U.S. Nat’l Nanotech Initiative

Posted by Christine Peterson on March 11th, 2010

Wondering how U.S. federal nanotech tax dollars are spent?  Obama’s first President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) review will be webcast live tomorrow, March 12.  This review only occurs every two years so this is your big chance to see what the current administration thinks of the NNI. Thirty minutes are set [...]

ESP redux

Posted by J. Storrs Hall on September 8th, 2009

Last week I posted an essay in which I claimed that the Singularity could be said to be halfway here already because we had already set up a huge program that was more or less running the world (and that it was fast becoming a computer program). What are the great concerns of the Singularitarians? [...]

Nanotechnology for chemical and biological defense: the book

Posted by Christine Peterson on September 2nd, 2009

Here at Foresight our main focus is on longer-term technologies such as molecular manufacturing, but we keep an eye on what’s arriving along the nearer-term pathways as well.  In 2007 I attended a workshop on “Nanotechnology for Chemical and Biological Defense” and the proceedings volume of that meeting, with the same name, is now available. [...]

Nanorobots from the NNI?

Posted by J. Storrs Hall on June 9th, 2009

The Nanomanufacturing Summit, held in Boston recently, was largely what you would have expected — near-term bulk-tech approaches to nanostructured materials, some interesting research aimed at new electronics, and so forth. Notable, however, was a plenary talk by M. C. Roco, who appears to have changed his tune to the extent of predicting nanorobotics and [...]