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Foresight Update 24.06—June 6, 2011
ISSN 1078-9731

In this issue:

Special Announcements

Nanotech News

Events of Interest
Foresight Event: Foresight@Google 25th Anniversary Reunion June 25-26

FORESIGHT@GOOGLE
25th Anniversary Conference & Reunion Weekend
Google HQ in Silicon Valley, CA

http://www.foresight.org/reunion
June 25-26, 2011

$50 off with code: FORESIGHT

What promise does nanotech hold for you?
Health, space, longevity…
Great potential, fascinating problems, and exciting advances!
Plus: Is now the time to make your nano-career move?

Explore the future of transformative nanotech with an exciting weekend of breakouts, panels and talks with keynotes:

  • Jim Von Ehr - President of Zyvex Labs LLC
    Founder of Altsys, the Texas Nanotech Initiative, & the world's first successful molecular nanotech company
  • Barney Pell, PhD - CoFounder/CTO of Moon Express
    Singularity U trustee best known for AI work on NASA's Clarissa & Remote Agent, now competing for Google's Lunar X PRIZE

SingularityU's Sonia Arrison emceeing panels on:

  • The Scientific Challenges of Truly Transformative Nanotech
  • From Research to Application: Turning Innovation into Success
  • Funding, Development & the Valley of Death: Transcending Entrepreneurial Challenges
  • Jumpstarting a Career in Nanotech: How To Make Your Move

Inspiring speakers and panelists include:
IBM's Thomas Theis, Intel's Michael Garner, Paypal's Luke Nosek, Halcyon Molecular CEO William Andregg, motor-molecule creator Sir Fraser Stoddart, CalTech's Bill Goddard, Stanford forecaster Paul Saffo, NanoInk CTO Mike Nelson and more at:

http://www.foresight.org/reunion/schedule.html

Don't miss our reception Friday night, and Saturday's 25th Anniversary Reunion Banquet.

To celebrate 25 years of nanotech with us, register now! Space is limited, and tickets must be bought in advance; we cannot accept registrants at the door due to Google security restrictions. $50 off with code: FORESIGHT

Looking for a career in transformative nanotech? Halcyon is hiring!

The conference will be a great place to do nano-career networking, with speakers like Halcyon CEO William Andregg and Head of Microscopy Andrew Bleloch in attendance. Even if you can't make the conference this year, consider the following opportunity:

Halcyon Molecular is a Stanford-area nanotech startup developing the final generation of DNA sequencing technology. Halcyon's vision is to transform biology into an information science; they are actively hiring incredibly talented scientists and engineers with backgrounds in molecular biology, bioinformatics, image processing, nanofabrication, electrical engineering, organometallic chemistry, microfluidics, and single-molecule manipulation, as well as talent for their legal and business team. Substantial referral awards are offered. Check out Halcyon's website for more info, or see this TechCrunch interview with founder William Andregg.

NANOTECH NEWS

New grants to fund molecular machine research in The Netherlands

A news release from the University of Amsterdam announced project grants for research on molecular machines …

Nanotechnology provides patch to regenerate heart tissue

… Various types of nanomaterials are showing promise as scaffolding for tissue engineering and repair and regenerative medicine. Physorg.com points to this Brown University news release "Researchers create nanopatch for the heart" …

A modular molecular composite nanosystem for solar power

One recommendation of the Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems is to support the development of modular molecular composite nanosystems (MMCNs), in which a million-atom-scale biomolecular framework (usually made from DNA) is used to organize functional nanoscale components of various types for various purposes. Although we don't yet have MMCNs for molecular manufacturing, the principle has now been applied to increasing the efficiency of solar cells, using a bacterial virus as the biomolecular framework. …

New software aids design of 3-D DNA structures

Recent demonstrations of the ability to build complex 3-D shapes from DNA (this post and previous work by William Shih and collaborators published in Science August 2009 abstract) create demand for an easier way to design complex shapes from folded DNA strands. Now new software facilitates designing three dimensional shapes using scaffolded DNA origami…

Medical nanorobots win poll on engineering's Next Big Thing

Thanks to Robert A. Freitas Jr. for passing along this news item. NewScientist.com recently conducted a poll of its readers on What will be engineering's Next Big Thing? The answer to the question "Which technology do you think will have the biggest impact on human life in the next 30 years?" …

Protein, RNA, DNA: Nanotechnology finds a multitude of paths to attack cancer cells

Nanoparticles designed to deliver drugs for cancer therapy made from nanoporous silica or from HDL cholesterol have been highlighted in recent posts. As evidence for the variety of approaches under development, these three items concern three different types of nanoparticles based respectively on protein, RNA, and DNA …

Promise and challenge on the road to practical graphene electronics

Three recent news items illuminate the promise and challenge on the road to practical graphene electronics. In the first …

'Good Cholesterol' nanoparticles silence cancer-promoting genes and destroy cancer cells

The lipid-coated silica nanoparticles described here last week are only one of several very promising approaches to using nanotechnology to treat cancer. ScienceDaily points to an MD Anderson news release reporting a very different type of nanoparticle used to destroy cancer cells …

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis

Events of Interest

Media Partner Events

Nanomaterials for Aerospace and Defense: Applications, Issues, Trends and Practices
June 28, 2011
Palo Alto, California

The CANEUS International Organization on "Micro-Nano Technologies for Aerospace Applications" will hold an intensive one-day course to help participants understand how nanomaterials are being applied to the aerospace and defense industries. Members of Foresight Institute will be offered the same benefits as CANEUS members with reduced registration fees of $350.

Upcoming Events

IEEE NANO 2011
August 15-18 2011
Portland, Oregon

NANO is the flagship IEEE conference in Nanotechnology, in which practitioners will see nanotechnologies at work in both their own and related fields, from basic research and theory to industrial applications.

Nano and Giga Challenges in Electronics, Photonics and Renewable Energy
Symposium and Summer School (Tutorial Lectures)
September 12-16 2011 Moscow - Zelenograd, Russia

The NGC2011 conference in Russia invites academic and industrial researchers to present tutorial, expository and original research papers dedicated to solving scientific and technological problems in electronics, photonics and renewable energy …

The Seventeenth International Conference on DNA Computing and Molecular Programming
September 19-23 2011
Caltech, Pasadena, California, USA

Research in DNA computing and molecular programming draws together mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry, biology, and nanotechnology to address the analysis, design, and synthesis of information-based molecular systems. This annual meeting is the premier forum where scientists with diverse backgrounds come together with the common purpose of advancing the engineering and science of biology and chemistry from the point of view of computer science, physics, and mathematics. Continuing this tradition, the 17th International Conference on DNA Computing and Molecular Programming (DNA17), under the auspices of the International Society for Nanoscale Science, Computation and Engineering (ISNSCE), will focus on the most recent experimental and theoretical results that promise the greatest impact.

Moving from Top Down to Bottom Up
September 22 2011 - 14:00 GMT, webinar

This IOP webinar will look at examples of bottom up approaches to engineering and manufacturing from different sectors including biosensing, electronics and regenerative medicine.

IPAS 2012
February 12-15 2012
Chamonix, France

The aim of the Sixth International Precision Assembly Seminar is to discuss the rapidly evolving field of micro-assembly, including the development of microfactories and microsystem fabrication.

Foresight Events: JUNE 25-26
25th ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE @GOOGLE

Don't forget!

FORESIGHT@GOOGLE
25th Anniversary Conference & Reunion Weekend
Google HQ in Silicon Valley, CA

http://www.foresight.org/reunion
June 25-26, 2011

Use code FORESIGHT at registration for $50 off!

What promise does nanotech hold for you?
Health, space, longevity…
Great potential, fascinating problems, and exciting advances!

Plus: Is now the time to make your nano-career move?

Explore the future of transformative nanotech with speakers/panelists including:
Zyvex's Jim Von Ehr, Moon Express CTO Barney Pell, IBM's Thomas Theis, Intel's Michael Garner, Paypal's Luke Nosek, Halcyon Molecular CEO William Andregg, motor-molecule creator Sir Fraser Stoddart, CalTech's Bill Goddard, Stanford forecaster Paul Saffo, NanoInk CTO Mike Nelson, Singularity U emcee Sonia Arrison and more at…

http://www.foresight.org/reunion

*Space is limited and registrants MUST sign up in advance due to Google security, so register now - $50 off with code: FORESIGHT!

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