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Foresight@Google: Moon Express CTO is Sunday Keynote, + Discount Codes

Posted by Christine Peterson on May 31st, 2011

Foresight@Google 25th Anniversary Conference Celebration and Reunion Weekend Google HQ in Silicon Valley, CA June 25-26, 2011 http://www.foresight.org/reunion Use code NANODOT for $50 off registration! You already know our Saturday program kicks off with a keynote by Zyvex founder/president JIM VON EHR Now Foresight is also proud to announce our Sunday keynote: BARNEY PELL, PhD [...]

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, [...]

Promise and challenge on the road to practical graphene electronics

Posted by Jim Lewis on April 29th, 2011

Smaller, faster, cooler: graphene transistors show promise for practical analog signal processors, for magnetic memory devices, and for self-cooling electronic circuits.

Toxicity of silver nanoparticles on Arctic soil

Posted by Jim Lewis on April 10th, 2011

Research showing a toxic effect of silver nanoparticles on nitrogen-fixing bacteria in Arctic soil demonstrates the need for more research on nanoparticle environment, health, and safety.

Nanotechnology makes possible boat 40% stronger and 75% lighter than metal boats

Posted by Jim Lewis on April 5th, 2011

Zyvex Technologies announced that its 54-foot boat named Piranha completed a rough-weather sea test near Puget Sound in the Pacific Ocean, demonstrating record fuel efficiency.

Bottom Up as a next step within Top Down

Posted by Jim Lewis on March 30th, 2011

Using proprietary block co-polymer technology, directed self-assembly allows adding block co-polymers that assemble themselves into regular arrays on the surface of a silicon wafer that had been patterned using lithography.

Is policy uncertainty the cause of anemic growth in nanotechnology innovation?

Posted by Jim Lewis on March 17th, 2011

Will proposals to establish criteria for green nanotechnology foster growth of nanotechnology innovation?

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.

FREE Webinar: Breakthrough Nanotechnology Companies

Posted by Jim Lewis on November 19th, 2010

This talk will highlight several examples that you may not be following of companies with the breakthroughs to drive forward during the recovery.

Devices with atomically smooth surfaces could change modern electronics

Posted by Jim Lewis on November 11th, 2010

High-performance metal-insulator-metal (MIM) diodes made possibe by controlling quantum mechanical tunneling through an ultrathin insulator could change modern electronics.

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

Manufacturing with every (silicon) atom in its proper place

Posted by Jim Lewis on October 26th, 2010

Zyvex Labs researchers demonstrate atomically precise removal of 50 hydrogen atoms per second from a silicon surface.

Japan, Germany, S. Korea commercialize nanotech better than U.S.

Posted by Christine Peterson on August 24th, 2010

Nanodot normally focuses on longer-term nanotechnologies such as molecular manufacturing, but we do like to keep an eye on how different countries compare to each other in nanotech and technology in general. Below is an excerpt from a recent Lux Research announcement; you can read the full PDF here: U.S. Risks Losing Global Leadership in [...]

Solar cells with nanocrystal ink reach 18 percent efficiency

Posted by Christine Peterson on September 21st, 2009

Josh Hall, on his way to catch a plane, sends us this news from Technology Review’s Katherine Bourzac: A California company is using silicon ink patterned on top of silicon wafers to boost the efficiency of solar cells. The Sunnyvale, CA, firm¬†Innovalight says that the inkjet process is a cheaper route to more-efficient solar power. [...]

Buckytube-filled aluminum

Posted by J. Storrs Hall on June 10th, 2009

Brian Wang over at Next Big Future has an article about improving the properties of aluminum as a structural material by filling with buckytubes, the way plastics are made stronger by filling by fiberglass. This isn’t particularly new: what’s new is that Bayer appears to be able to make nanotubes in enough quantity to make [...]

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 [...]

Insurance industry looking for more data on nanotechnology risks

Posted by Jim Lewis on January 26th, 2009

Last September we wrote that one insurer would “no longer insure against bodily injury, property damage, or personal and advertising injury related to the actual, alleged, or threatened presence of or exposure to nanotubes or nanotechnology in any form.” Now Christine Peterson passes along this item from Rhitu Chatterjee writing in the American Chemical Society [...]

Uncertainty over safety of nanotechnology in consumer products

Posted by Jim Lewis on December 10th, 2008

It is not clear that there is any real danger from the nanotech products currently in use, but neither is there convincing proof that all are safe.

A better raincoat through nanotechnology

Posted by Jim Lewis on December 9th, 2008

A nanotech technique that can coat any number of common fabrics with a layer of silicone nanofilaments appears ready to produce durable, completely waterproof clothing.