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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 book addresses nanotechnology education and workforce training

Posted by Jim Lewis on November 3rd, 2010

A book on nanotechnology education and workforce training written by Judith Light Feather and Miguel Aznar

Check out the Allosphere at California NanoSystems Institute, UCSB

Posted by Christine Peterson on September 10th, 2010

We have reports from a couple of Foresight members who have toured the Allosphere, part of the California NanoSystems Institute at UC Santa Barbara, and it sounds truly impressive. From their website: The AlloSphere, a 30-foot diameter sphere built inside a 3-story near-to-anechoic (echo free) cube, allows for synthesis, manipulation, exploration and analysis of large-scale [...]

Foresight’s student award-winners go on to great things

Posted by Christine Peterson on July 20th, 2010

Foresight Research Analyst and Technical Editor James Lewis has tracked the careers of those receiving Foresight’s student award.  Here are his findings on the careers of a few of these gifted young researchers: We at Foresight find it gratifying to track the subsequent careers of those who have won our nanotechnology-related prizes and awards, in [...]

Finally: all nanotech degree programs listed on one site

Posted by Christine Peterson on June 28th, 2010

For years we’ve watched academic degree programs in nanotechnology being announced piecemeal, or in partial lists.  Now it looks like Nanowerk has stepped up to the task of keeping a complete list, sorted by level of degree and country.  See it here: http://www.nanowerk.com/nanotechnology/nanotechnology_degrees.php A handy chart allows users to click through to see all the [...]

Nanotech = Hot job of 2018, says Wall Street Journal

Posted by Christine Peterson on June 7th, 2010

Here at Foresight, we’re always trying to help those looking to move their careers in the direction of nanotechnology. Now the Wall Street Journal is predicting that this should pay off: Kelley McDonald has always loved exploring new terrain. In home videos as early as age 3, “I’m always off by myself, looking under rocks [...]

The protein engineering path to molecular manufacturing

Posted by Christine Peterson on March 16th, 2010

One way to reach molecular machine systems is to get really, really good at protein engineering. If that’s your goal, you’ll want to be in Boston on May 17-21 for PEGS 2010, “the essential protein engineering summit”. Not sure if this is your pathway? Just reading the talk titles is educational. And they have great [...]

More Merkle at Singularity University

Posted by Christine Peterson on November 10th, 2009

Ted Greenwald continues his Singularity University executive program coverage over at Wired: These days, though, Merkle is setting his sights much higher. Over the past few years he has put together a theoretical system for building diamond, atom by atom. It involves nine molecular tools and methane/hydrogen feedstock on a diamond substrate. He has analyzed [...]

Merkle on nanotech at Singularity University

Posted by Christine Peterson on November 9th, 2009

Ted Greenwald posted yesterday at Wired about Foresight member Ralph Merkle’s presentation on nanotechnology at the Singularity University’s first Executive Program, which has just convened over at NASA Ames here in Silicon Valley: From there he skims through a catalog of progress — familiar example of pushing atoms into IBM logos and such on a [...]

American public remains uninformed about nanotechnology

Posted by Jim Lewis on October 7th, 2008

A recently released poll shows that the American public is largely uniformed about both nanotechnology and synthetic biology, and furthermore that the level of public awareness about nanotechnology has not changed since 2004.

Nanotechnology training for high school teachers now available

Posted by Jim Lewis on June 12th, 2008

An item from the June newsletter of the Innovation Society (based in St.Gallen, Switzerland) announces a training course for secondary school science teachers to help them develop a teaching syllabus on nanotech: Innovation Society introduces teachers’ training course “TEACH-NANO” As nanotechnology is coming into our daily lives it will also conquer schools in the near [...]

1st major nanotechnology TV series sounds rather negative

Posted by Christine Peterson on March 13th, 2008

Here at Foresight we try to present a balanced view of nanotechnology, discussing prospective benefits while also acknowledging potential problems. It would be good if the “first major television series to look at the implications of advances in nanotechnology” did the same. But see the description of the upcoming public television series: Nanotechnology: The Power [...]

Saudis to permit co-ed nanotechnology

Posted by Christine Peterson on March 7th, 2008

We’ve been critical in the past of Saudi Arabia’s policy of having women researchers in nanotechnology (and of course other fields as well) work separately from male researchers. Now King Abdullah has moved personally to fund, at the US$10 billion level, a new graduate-level university with a new policy toward women, to be advised by [...]

Top-down nanotechnology reaches downward

Posted by Christine Peterson on February 19th, 2008

An interview by Nanotechnology.com of the director of the Center for Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems got our attention. I’d give you a URL for this interview but it doesn’t seem to be on the web, only in email. An excerpt: The molecular gate toolbit: This is a toolbit that uses efficient electrokinetic transport in long [...]

Maximizing benefits, minimizing downsides of nanotechnology

Posted by Christine Peterson on February 11th, 2008

Longtime Nanodot readers and Foresight members know that our goal here at Foresight is to maximize the benefits and minimize the downsides of nanotechnology. Our friends over at the Wilson Center’s Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies share that goal, as shown in their mission statement: The Project is dedicated to helping ensure that as nanotechnologies advance, [...]

Future City Competition saves cities with nanotechnology

Posted by Christine Peterson on January 11th, 2008

Nanowerk brings to our attention the Future City Competition, using SimCity software and sponsored by National Engineers Week, which this year is focused on nanotechnology and how to use it to prevent tomorrow’s urban disasters: Future City Students Confront Urban Disasters and Engineer Hope with Nanotechnology Seventh- and eighth-graders in the annual National Engineers Week [...]

Foresight nanotechnology theme goes to law school

Posted by Christine Peterson on December 20th, 2007

After 20 years of delivering Foresight’s message, we see it popping up everywhere, most recently in law school: For the first time in history, we know something is coming that carries great potential and possible grave danger. The technology will revolutionize much of how we live in the world. The question becomes, how, as a [...]

Get your nanotechnology radio fix

Posted by Christine Peterson on December 5th, 2007

For those of us who can’t get enough nanotechnology info, now there’s a one-hour radio show/podcast every week to download and enjoy while you drive or work out, hosted by industry analyst Marlene Bourne: “Next-generation science and technology, and the cool products that are being developed as a result, are captivating subjects,” said Ms. Bourne. [...]

Nanotechnology education online: more free resources

Posted by Christine Peterson on November 30th, 2007

Yesterday we highlighted MIT’s work in getting their course materials online. But many other schools with courses relevant to nanotech have been working on similar goals, especially UC Berkleley. For a useful overview of what’s out there, see Jimmy Ruska’s page on Free Education (it covers all fields, not just nanotechnology). An excerpt: Ranked as [...]

Get a free nanotechnology education via MIT

Posted by Christine Peterson on November 29th, 2007

Like many MIT alumni, I have decidedly mixed feelings about the school, but one program to be entirely pleased with is OCW: OpenCourseWare, the free online provision of MIT course materials. They just reached a major milestone: Join us as we celebrate the publication of virtually the entire MIT curriculum — 1800 courses — on [...]