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Foresight Update 23.16: Revolutionary advance in protein design - April 16, 2009

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Protein design revolution points toward advanced nanotechnology

…scientists at the University of Pennsylvania … used basic engineering principles derived from studying natural proteins to design from scratch a simple and small protein that performed the function of carrying oxygen that is performed by natural globin proteins without having the "exquisitely refined functional properties reflected in the globin fold"…

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Nanotechnology without Engines

…Nanotechnology, the revolutionary technology, was always about the power of self-replication and never only about the very small…

DNA nanorobot walks without intervention along rigid track

Continuing the rapid advance of structural DNA nanotechnology, just three months after the last announcement of an improved bipedal walking DNA nanorobot comes the announcement from another team of a yet more improved bipedal walking DNA nanorobot…

Mechanical control of chemical reactions to advance nanotechnology?

In a discovery that is aimed toward self-repairing materials but could have nanotech implications, a team of researchers in the Netherlands have demonstrated that a catalyst can be switched on and off using mechanical means…

Does seasteading need nanotech?

Seasteading means "homesteading the sea," or at least building floating cities and establishing permanent residences there, and ultimately alternative polities in hopes of enabling beneficial economic competition in the field of governance…

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis and J. Storrs Hall

Foresight Events – Lectures

Foresight Lectures

May 28-29, 2009
1st Annual Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence Symposium
Palo Alto, California
Christine Peterson will speak on beneficial medical nanotechnologies.
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June 17-18, 2009
Size Matters 2009: the future fields of application, opportunities and ethical challenges of nanoscience
Saarbrücken, Germany
Christine Peterson will speak on Nanotechnology & Open Source Sensing.
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August 20-22, 2009
Gnomedex: a technology conference of inspiration and influence
Seattle, Washington
Christine Peterson will speak on life extension.
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Foreseeing Future Technologies

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