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A framework to promote critical thinking about nanotechnology

Posted by Jim Lewis on April 26th, 2013

Foresight’s Director of Education Miguel F. Aznar has proposed nine questions to promote critical thinking and contextual understanding of the issues related to nanotechnology to enable the general public and policy makers to make informed choices on subjects influenced by nanotechnology.

$100,000 grants for 20 entrepreneurs under 20 years to develop their dreams

Posted by Jim Lewis on December 20th, 2012

Apply by December 31 for one of 20 $100,000 grants offered by the Thiel Foundation to those under 20 to develop their entrepreneurial dreams.

Nanotechnology Education: Four Ways You Can Make A Contribution

Posted by Stephanie C on October 12th, 2012

Scientists, engineers, and enthusiasts can help bolster the understanding of and enthusiasm for nanotechnology in local communities with a little help from National Chemistry Week (October 21st-27th) and other user-friendly, volunteer programs.

New online game to design RNA molecules: advancing nanotechnology?

Posted by Jim Lewis on July 16th, 2012

A new online game allows players to design RNA molecules. The most promising designs are synthesized, and the players given real-world feedback on how well their designs worked.

Crowd-sourced protein design a promising path to advanced nanotechnology

Posted by Jim Lewis on January 24th, 2012

Foldit game players have again out-performed scientists in protein design, this time improving the design of a protein designed from scratch to catalyze Diels-Alder cycloadditions.

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.

Singularity University takes on advanced nanotech questions

Posted by Christine Peterson on October 25th, 2011

The Singularity University Executive Program recently took on the challenges of advanced nanotech: Nanotechnology: How should we evaluate the environmental impact of human-made machines that are too small to see? What limits should be placed on self-replicating nanodevices? What defenses should we institute against malevolent uses of such technology? These questions were asked by Marc [...]

“Nano Techno” rap song lures kids to learn about nanotech

Posted by Christine Peterson on September 21st, 2011

Over at Wired.com: A New York Hall of Science staffer has made a rap video to introduce kids (and probably quite a few adults) to the basics of nanotech.  The refrain will help them remember the definition of a nanometer, and the Foresight message comes through: “But with great power comes great responsibility!”  The subtitles [...]

Deadline THIS FRIDAY for early rate on Open Science Summit

Posted by Christine Peterson on September 20th, 2011

Excellent lineup of speakers again this year for the Open Science Summit, Oct. 22-23, and you can get in for only $100 if you register by this Friday:  http://opensciencesummit.com Hope to see you there!  —Christine Peterson, President, Foresight Institute

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 [...]

Two days left to register for this weekend’s Foresight@Google

Posted by Christine Peterson on June 20th, 2011

Just a quick note to let you know that the registration deadline for our 25th Anniversary Conference and Reunion weekend is midnight, this Wednesday June 22nd FORESIGHT@GOOGLE 25th Anniversary Conference Celebration & Reunion Weekend Google HQ in Mountain View, CA June 24-26, 2011 http://www.foresight.org/reunion $50 off with code: NANODOT You’ll be stimulated, enlightened and inspired [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

$50 off Foresight@Google Conference for Nanodot readers

Posted by Christine Peterson on May 23rd, 2011

Foresight is having our 25th anniversary conference and celebration at Google, and we want you there! Use code NANODOT for $50 off on: FORESIGHT@GOOGLE 25th Anniversary Conference Celebration & Reunion Weekend Google HQ in Mountain View, CA June 25-26, 2011 http://www.foresight.org/reunion Topics are emerging tech with special emphasis on transformative nanotech. A rockstar lineup of [...]

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, [...]

Medical nanorobots win poll on engineering's Next Big Thing

Posted by Jim Lewis on May 10th, 2011

A poll of NewScientist readers selected medical nanorobots as the technology that will have the biggest impact on human life in the next 30 years.

Nanodot in excellent company among top 50 blogs

Posted by Jim Lewis on November 30th, 2010

A list of the “Top 50 Blogs by Scientific Researchers” includes Nanodot among blogs focusing on open source and open access, academia, projects funded by organizations, and news produced by writers who research science.

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.

Open Science Summit videos available

Posted by Jim Lewis on October 23rd, 2010

Video footage of conference focused on “Updating the social contract for Science”

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 [...]