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Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: May 28, 2008

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Top Nano News of the Week

Call to prevent carbon nanotubes from becoming the 'asbestos' of nanotechnology

The safe commercialization of nanotech will require special attention to the manufacture and disposal of materials using carbon nanotubes. Long multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNT) share with asbestos fibers the property of producing inflammation and lesions when introduced into the abdominal cavity of mice. These results suggest that exposure to long carbon nanotube fibers might be as dangerous as exposure to asbestos…

In this issue:

Foresight Event – Vision Weekend
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Conference – Free conference tickets available for Senior Associates
Foresight Lectures
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Nanotechnology produces material to almost instantly stop bleeding

In an application of nanotechnology to medicine, a nanotech material has been produced that self-assembles in the presence of bodily fluids into highly hydrated fibers that stop bleeding within 15 seconds, and which are harmlessly adsorbed by the body when no longer needed…

Self-regulation comes to molecular nanotechnology

Arizona State University chemists have demonstrated a nanotech version of molecular self-regulation by designing a molecule that mimics the way in which plants defend themselves from an overload of sunshine by draining away the excess light energy as heat so that it can not generate destructive high energy intermediates…

A nanotechnology approach to making thin film solar cells more efficient

Nanowires of indium phosphide grown directly on an electrode greatly increase the flow of electrons through a polymer film to the electrode. Although still at the proof of concept stage, this nanotech innovation could ultimately lead to more efficient thin-film solar cells…

Nanotechnology makes radiation therapy of cancer more effective

A nanotech approach to overcoming the resistance of some cancer cells to radiation therapy has been successfully tested in mice…

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis

Foresight Event – Vision Weekend

November 15-16, 2008
Foresight Vision Weekend
Mountain View, California
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Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology

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Foresight note: One free conference ticket is available to a Foresight Senior Associate only for each of the following two conferences. Please contact Alicia Isaac either at foresight@foresight.org or by phone 650.289.0860.

NanoMaterials08
Inspiring Commercial Success
July 7-9, 2008
The Newcastle Marriott Hotel, Gosforth Park, UK

Following the huge success of our inaugural conference which attracted over 200 delegates, NanoCentral® and IntertechPira are pleased to bring you NanoMaterials08. Taking place between 7-9 July at the Newcastle Marriott Hotel, this is the only event of its kind to focus on the commercialisation of nanomaterials. NanoMaterials08 is made up of poster sessions, workshops, exhibitions, a conference and social programme, and will feature a variety of national and international companies active in the nanomaterials revolution. With over 400 attendees expected, this event will provide excellent networking and learning opportunities, and is not to be missed.

Nanotech Northern Europe 2008
Europe's largest annual nanotechnology conference
September 23-25, 2008
Copenhagen, Denmark

Nanotech Northern Europe brings together the field's top scientists and leading international companies in order to advance the beneficial use of nanotechnology. The 2008 event concentrates around three application areas:

  • Sustainable solutions for energy and environment
  • Nanotechnology-enabled ICT (info & communication technologies)
  • Nanobiotechnology and nanomedicine

The program also features sessions on:

  • Global nanotechnology and business development
  • Safety and risk management
  • Tech transfer

Foresight Lectures

July 23, 2008
OSCON: O'Reilly Open Source Convention
Portland, Oregon
Christine Peterson will give a keynote on open source and nanotechnology.
Click here for conference details

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