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Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: January 8, 2009

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Top News of the Week

Combining structural DNA nanotechnology and gold nanoparticles to make decorated DNA nanotubes

…Now researchers have been able to attach gold nanoparticles to DNA tiles and, by varying the size of the nanoparticles and the presence of DNA stem loops on some tiles, have been able to control the formation from the DNA tiles of various three dimensional DNA nanotubes in which the gold nanoparticles form stacked rings, single spirals, double spirals, or nested spirals along the length of the DNA nanotube…

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Toward atomic-scale computing with nanotechnology

Christian Joachim (who shared the Foresight Nanotech Institute Feynman Prize in the Experimental category in 1997 and won in the Theoretical category in 2005) is heading a group of researchers working to bring about atomic-scale computing…

Interfacing with neurons using nanotechnology

Nanotech may provide a way to "bypass" faulty brain wiring. Research on the interactions between carbon nanotubes and neurons shows that electrical phenomena in nanotubes can be linked to neuronal excitability and may lead to engineering interactions between nanomaterials and neurons…

Mechanism of most powerful molecular motor available to inspire nanotechnology

Molecular motors for early nanotech applications may be modeled on the various molecular motors found in biology. Using protein crystallography and electron microscopy, scientists have now revealed the working mechanism of one of the most powerful molecular motors known to biology…

Will realization of the seriousness of climate change push the development of molecular nanotechnology?

The answers of 151 thinkers and visionaries to the Edge Annual question for 2009 have been posted. The question: "WHAT WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING?" As phrased by John Brockman, Editor and Publisher, "What game-changing scientific ideas and developments do you expect to live to see?" In his answer, nanotechnology pioneer Eric Drexler points to a role for the imperative of sequestering carbon to ameliorate climate change in pushing the development of molecular manufacturing…

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis

Foresight Events – Lectures

Foresight Lectures

April 2, 2009
Stanford Law, Science and Technology Colloquium
Palo Alto, California
Christine Peterson will speak to LLM students on legal, ethical and public policy issues in nanotechnology.
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Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology

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NanoManufacturing Conference & Exhibits 2009
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April 1-2, 2009
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Looking to understand what nanotechnology means for you? Need to understand how and why nanotechnology can improve your products, process and may even cut costs? Interested in learning about the latest applications and trends in top-down fabrication and bottom-up assembly techniques? Then this event is for you!

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