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Studying the future of nanotechnology

Posted by Christine Peterson on February 2nd, 2007

It’s a challenge to study something that hasn’t happened yet, but they’re taking a shot at it over at the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University, as part of a lecture series titled Studying the Future of Nanotechnology: Establishing Empirical and Conceptual Foundations (pdf). Powerpoint slides and mp3 recordings are now available [...]

French citizen panel: Nanotechnology is too technical

Posted by Christine Peterson on January 31st, 2007 reports on a citizens’ panel on nanotechnology held by the Ile de France region: Citizens find nanotechs ‘elitist’ A citizens’ conference on nanotechnologies in France found public information on nanosciences difficult to access for non-specialists. The report itself (PDF) is in French, but an Altavista automatic translation gives English speakers some limited access: Efforts [...]

Nanotechnology hazard symbol misleading

Posted by Christine Peterson on January 24th, 2007

We should assume that those participating the ETC Group’s nanotechnology hazard symbol contest are all trying to be helpful, and such a symbol may someday be of some use. However, of the three top symbols named as winners, the first one — by far the most vivid — has a real problem. First, see the [...]

Help write open source nanotechnology textbook

Posted by Christine Peterson on January 18th, 2007

Given our interests in both nanotechnology and open source, we are happy to see that Wikibooks has an open-content textbook called The Opensource Handbook of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. It includes not just text, but also demonstration experiments and media files. This online book was voted Wikibook of the Month for December 2006. Excerpt on molecular [...]

Nanotechnology prof boggles nano community

Posted by Christine Peterson on January 15th, 2007

On the plane back from last week’s U.S. National Nanotechnology Coordinating Office-sponsored workshop on ethics and nanotechnology, I dug into the report “Health and Nanotechnology: Economic, Societal, and Institutional Impact” (not on web, as far as I can tell). This was the result of a meeting sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the [...]

Medical nanotechnology game now in Beta

Posted by Christine Peterson on January 10th, 2007

A medically-oriented nanotechnology game is now available in Beta form, presumably for the PC. NanoMission is aimed at 12-to-18-year-olds: Our aim is to inspire some of the brightest teenagers about the world of nanotechnology, potentially opening their eyes to choosing it as a career. You can see videos here. The action of the game appears [...]

U.S. government advice on nanotechnology careers

Posted by Christine Peterson on January 2nd, 2007

Nanotechnology career advice is available from the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education at It’s a pretty good place to start for people who are entirely new to the field. Most of the link lists include useful sites. A couple of areas could use additional work. The Nanotechnology — Tools and Technology section lists [...]

Deadline to double nanotechnology impact: this Sunday

Posted by Christine Peterson on December 28th, 2006

Regular readers of Nanodot know that we rarely use this space to “bleg” (i.e., request donations via blog). We make an exception for our annual $40,000 Challenge Grant, during which your donations are doubled. As this is posted, we have about $30,000 to go. Take each example below and multiply the payoff by two — [...]

Sensible Swiss views on nanotechnology benefits, downsides

Posted by Christine Peterson on December 22nd, 2006

Switzerland’s Centre for Technology Assessment has issued its report Public Reactions to Nanotechnology in Switzerland (428 KB pdf), and — not surprisingly — it’s relatively balanced. From page 33 (page 35 of pdf file): “There’s a good and a bad side to everything” — This saying sums up quite well the way that the publifocus [...]

Molecular machines: the magic of nanotechnology

Posted by Christine Peterson on December 21st, 2006

Allison Stoddart of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s magazine Chemical Science interviews nanotechnology researcher David Leigh on the joy of molecular machines in a piece titled “The magic of chemistry”: What motivated you to study molecular machines? I worked in Fraser Stoddart’s group before he made any catenanes or rotaxanes. We made our first catenane [...]

Nanotechnology taught in Mexico schools, but not U.S.

Posted by Christine Peterson on December 19th, 2006

Nanotechnology will soon be taught in Mexico’s public schools, but Valerie Strauss of The Washington Post explains that it’s a different story in the U.S.: Scientist Robert P.H. Chang of Northwestern University had no trouble persuading education officials in Mexico to introduce the burgeoning field of nanotechnology to schools there, but it’s been a far [...]

Nanotechnology researchers urged to speculate more

Posted by Christine Peterson on November 30th, 2006

In the November 2006 issue of Nano Today, researcher-turned-science-journalist Jason Palmer urges nanotechnology researchers to open up to the public about the long-term promise of their nanotech work: In this sense, it is as important to consider and discuss what can be done as it is to rule out what cannot. Because they are careful [...]

Schools broken, kids clueless? Teach nanotechnology with a game

Posted by Christine Peterson on November 1st, 2006

Today’s young gamers don’t have much patience with boring textbooks and droning teachers. Fortunately, soon this may not hinder them from learning nanotechnology concepts, thanks to the London-based firm PlayGen, which looks like a serious, competent visualization and game producer. Managing director Kam Memarzia reports that the firm has signed up to the challenge of [...]

Nanotechnology: Check out the 2006 Nano Quest Challenge

Posted by Christine Peterson on October 17th, 2006

The FIRST organization — inspired by inventor Dean Kamen — and the Lego Group are sponsoring the 2006 Nano Quest Challenge, and sadly for the rest of us, it seems to be limited to kids 9-14 years old, plus 6 to 9-year-olds in the junior league in US and Canada. But wait — all the [...]

Psychoanalyst takes on nanotechnology

Posted by Christine Peterson on October 13th, 2006

In the U.S., psychoanalysis has fallen a bit out of fashion. But in Italy, a psychonanalyst heads up their bioethics organization, Centre for Science, Society and Citizenship. A year ago, Professor Emilio Mordini presented on “Dreams, Hopes and Uncertainties in the Nano Revolution” at EuroNanoForum 2005: Nanotechnology and the Health of the EU Citizen in [...]

Must-see video on nature’s nanotechnology

Posted by Christine Peterson on October 11th, 2006

[UPDATE: Welcome, Instapundit readers. If you like to get nano news, free subscription to our e-newsletter is at the right, part way down, on this blog's home page.] From scientific animation company XVIVO in collaboration with Harvard comes an 8-minute video showing nature’s nanotechnology: molecular machinery of the cell, in action: Nuclei, proteins and lipids [...]

Nanotechnology for medicine: Harvard’s new Kavli Institute to develop tiny machines for nanomedicine

Posted by Christine Peterson on September 29th, 2006

Philanthropist Fred Kavli has extended his nanotech research giving to found the Kavli Institute for Bionano Science and Technology at Harvard. From the Harvard press release: The Kavli Foundation and Harvard University have agreed to establish the Kavli Institute for Bionano Science and Technology (KIBST). The endowment from the Kavli Foundation will help to boost [...]

Massive transfer of nanotechnology students to UCLA and UCSB expected

Posted by Christine Peterson on September 21st, 2006

I just received two copies of a beautiful brochure from the California NanoSystems Institute describing the new nanotechnology facility they’re building at UCLA, opening informally this fall and formally on September 7-9, 2007 (there will also be one at UCSB). They’re looking for sponsorship. My first thought was, boy do they have the wrong list, [...]

Nanotechnology video from SME: Nanomanufacturing

Posted by Christine Peterson on September 20th, 2006

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers, who’ve done two conferences focusing in part on molecular nanotech, now have a video on nanomanufacturing. The script is free, and so is a video clip with some images, so if the cost is an issue for you ($99 SME members/$280 nonmembers), you can get quite a bit just from [...]

Surprisingly, nanotechnology multimedia actually looks useful

Posted by Christine Peterson on September 14th, 2006

We at Foresight see a lot of nanotech websites and books of limited usefulness, to put it nicely. For quite a while I’ve been getting ads for an online multimedia library on nanotechnology from Nanopolis, and ignoring them. Now for the first I dug around in their website a bit and am pleased to be [...]