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Foresight Update 24.01—January 10, 2011
ISSN 1078-9731

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One-molecule robot to be presented at January's TEDxCaltech conference

A major advance in molecular robotics and structural DNA nanotechnology occurred last May with the publication in Nature of two papers, each of which describes a new DNA nanorobot that walks across a landscape made from DNA origami … "Voyage of the DNA Treader" announces that one of the coauthors of the first paper will present at January's TEDxCaltech conference…

Nanotechnology powers rapid drug delivery by nanoparticles

What kind of capabilities separate today's nanoparticle-based drug delivery vehicles from the computer-controlled nanomedical robots anticipated after the development of molecular manufacturing makes possible complex atomically precise components? One such capability, the coupling of nanoparticle drug delivery vehicles and nano-sized motors for propulsion, is described by Michael Berger at Nanowerk …

Synergistic benefit of using nanotechnology to simultaneously deliver two anticancer agents

It is usually the case that nanostructures have useful properties because they are so small. In the case of drug delivery, nanoparticles are useful because they are large on a molecular scale. The National Cancer Institute's Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer describes research from two different groups using two different types of nanoparticles. In each case the nanoparticles were large enough to deliver two different anticancer agents to cancer cells. Each group found that the combination delivery was more effective at killing cancer cells than if the drugs were delivered separately…

Nanotechnology-enabled quantum computing may fuel a security race

Senior Associate Alvin Steinberg points out that quantum computing is a security-related technology, and that nanotech can help those in the race to stay ahead. He cites these two articles. …

Researchers develop method to distinguish classical from quantum behavior in electrons

Sometimes the behavior of electrons in nanostructures can be modelled using classical laws of motion, while at other times more computationally challenging quantum methods are necessary to obtain useful results. Christopher W. Ince of the Nanotechnology Research Foundation writes with news of a new method to distinguish classical from quantum behavior in electrons …

Feynman Prizes in Nanotechnology awarded by Foresight Institute

The Foresight Institute, a nanotechnology education and public policy think tank based in Palo Alto, has announced the winners of the prestigious 2010 Foresight Institute Feynman Prizes in Nanotechnology. …

The winner of the 2010 Feynman Prize for Experimental work is Masakazu Aono (MANA Center, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan) …

The winner of the 2010 Feynman Prize for Theory is Gustavo E. Scuseria (Rice University)…

Foresight Institute Breakthrough Philanthropy presentation video available

Thanks to the Thiel Foundation, Foresight Institute President Christine Peterson's presentation at their Breakthrough Philanthropy event last week is available on You Tube. …

Christine Peterson, Foresight Institute — a leading think tank and public interest organization focused on transformative future technologies. Founded in 1986, its mission is to discover and promote the upsides, and help avoid the dangers, of nanotechnology, AI, biotech, and similar life-changing developments.

One of PopSci's Brilliant 10 young researchers now working to build a nanostructure using molecular self-assembly

Inspired by the diamond-shaped photonic crystals found in beetle scales, a chemist is trying to build nanostructures using molecular self-assembly to form photonic crystals for use in light-based computers …

DARPA, memristors, nanotechnology, and an approach to AI

…A striking example of [the synergy between molecular manufacturing and artificial general intelligence] already provided by current incremental nanotechnology begins with memristors, a novel circuit element based upon a property that is insignificant at the microscale, but becomes substantial at the nanoscale. Mathematically, the behavior of memristors is similar to the behavior of neurons, suggesting they could be useful to build systems that work like brains …Brian Wang brings to our attention a new DARPA memristor-based approach to AI that consists of a chip that mimics how neurons process information, …

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis

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