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2011 Foresight Institute Feynman Prize deadline is September 30, 2011

Posted by Jim Lewis on July 25th, 2011

Submit your own work or nominate a colleague for the 2011 Foresight Institute Feynman Prizes.

An evolution machine to accelerate nanotechnology development?

Posted by Jim Lewis on July 8th, 2011

Will an inexpensive automated evolution machine accelerate the development of molecular machine systems by simultaneously evolving multiple parts to improve function?

Handling flexible parts in RNA nanotechnology

Posted by Jim Lewis on June 30th, 2011

New computational method screens for small molecules that bind to RNA molecules that move through a variety of conformations.

Free webcast this weekend of Foresight Conference at Google

Posted by Christine Peterson on June 23rd, 2011

We’re going to take a shot at doing a live webcast of Foresight@Google: 25th Anniversary Conference and Celebration. See this page for schedule and link: http://foresight.org/reunion/schedule.html It’s free so please have patience if we run into any technical difficulties. You can try sending questions to speakers by using this Twitter tag (though in-person participants get first [...]

New book on molecular machines

Posted by Jim Lewis on June 20th, 2011

A new book collects the papers and discussions from the 2007 Solvay Conference “From Noncovalent Assemblies to Molecular Machines”.

Foresight 25th anniversary: Open reception June 24, SrAssoc banquet June 25

Posted by Christine Peterson on June 16th, 2011

I. Foresight@Google: Registration Deadline – Wed June 22nd II.  Open Foresight Reception in Palo Alto – Friday June 24th III. Senior Associates Reunion Banquet – Saturday June 25th IV. Thiel Foundation’s 20Under20 to attend Foresight@Google ================================== I. Foresight@Google Registration Deadline – Wednesday June 22nd Foresight@Google – June 24-26, 2011 25th Anniversary Conference Celebration & Reunion Weekend [...]

Does quantum tunneling complicate theoretical studies of nanotechnology?

Posted by Jim Lewis on June 16th, 2011

Does the recent discovery that quantum tunneling controls a chemical reaction of a carbene complicate theoretical studies of nanotechnology, especially of diamond mechanosynthesis?

Theoretical work establishes structural stability of nanoscale diamond structures

Posted by Jim Lewis on June 10th, 2011

Computational studies show that small diamond structures of the type that might serve as nanoparts in diamondoid molecular machinery are structurally stable.

Computational circuit built from 74 small DNA molecules (with video)

Posted by Jim Lewis on June 9th, 2011

A biochemical circuit built from 74 small DNA molecules demonstrates an approach that may enable embedded control of molecular devices.

Foresight@Google: Full Program of Speakers posted!

Posted by Christine Peterson on June 2nd, 2011

We are proud to announce our final conference program for Foresight@Google‘s 25th Anniversary Conference Celebration, held June 25-26 in Mountain View, CA.  For $50 off registration use code: NANODOT This weekend – full of plenary talks, panels, and breakout sessions – is a unique opportunity to be stimulated, enlightened and inspired by direct interaction with [...]

Computer simulation of evolution of primordial molecular machine

Posted by Jim Lewis on June 1st, 2011

A Monte-Carlo simulation shows that a simple self-replicating RNA-like molecule in a specific protective environment could evolve the ability to translate a genetic code to produce peptides.

TODAY is the last day for early rate on Foresight@Google

Posted by Christine Peterson on May 17th, 2011

Midnight tonight Pacific time is the deadline for the early registration rate on Foresight@Google, our 25th Anniversary Conference and Celebration. Check it out here: http://foresight.org/reunion Past participants have said: “This is mind candy for my soul. Having attended for two years now, this event stands alone in my mind as an opportunity to explore new horizons, [...]

A modular molecular composite nanosystem for solar power

Posted by Jim Lewis on May 17th, 2011

A bacterial virus called M13 was genetically engineered to control the arrangement of carbon nanotubes, improving solar-cell efficiency by nearly one-third.

New software aids design of 3-D DNA structures

Posted by Jim Lewis on May 12th, 2011

New software for scaffolded DNA origami makes it easier to predict what shape will result from a given DNA template.

Much faster directed evolution of proteins could speed development of molecular machine systems

Posted by Jim Lewis on April 25th, 2011

Phage-assisted continuous evolution of proteins is roughly a hundred times faster than conventional laboratory evolution of proteins, perhaps speeding the development of components for molecular machine systems.

DNA nanotechnology builds 3D forms with complex curves (includes video)

Posted by Jim Lewis on April 20th, 2011

The capabilities of scaffolded DNA origami procedures have been expanded to construct arbitrary, two- and three-dimensional shapes.

Real-time monitoring of atomic force microscope probes

Posted by Jim Lewis on April 19th, 2011

Real-time monitoring of atomic-force-microscope probes to adjust for wear may speed up and improve the accuracy of measurements and manipulations done with AFMs.

High-resolution structure reveals versatility of RNA nanotechnology

Posted by Jim Lewis on April 17th, 2011

A high-resolution crystal structure of a small square made by self-assembly of RNA molecules reveals each corner of the square to have a unique structure.

Confining enzymes in specially engineered nanoporous materials may advance nanotechnology

Posted by Jim Lewis on April 13th, 2011

Engineering both the pore size and chemical functionality of nanoporous materials affects both the secondary structure and the catalytic activity of the enzymes confined in the nanopores.

Physicist and television host sees future for nanotechnology and AI

Posted by Jim Lewis on March 24th, 2011

In a review of physicist and television host Michio Kaku’s latest book, Foresight advisor Glenn Reynolds finds reason for optimism, but also cause for concern in the career choices of today’s brightest minds.