Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: September 12, 2007
Deadline September 17
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Save the dates!
Mark these dates! The 2007 Foresight Vision Weekend will be held November 3-4 in Silicon Valley, California. This year we are experimenting with the highly popular "Unconference" format. Special thanks to Yahoo! for donating their conference center as our venue. Watch this space for more information as the event comes together.
Temporary format change
The format of the News Digest has temporarily changed to accommodate Foresight schedule changes. Instead of our usual news categories, we bring you a sample of our popular Nanodot blog posts from the preceding week. Our usual format will return shortly.
Foresight Events: Productive Nanosystems Conference
Conference sponsored by Foresight Nanotech Institute and Society of Manufacturing Engineers with support from Battelle
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Feynman Prize luncheon on October 9, 2007
Special thanks to The Waitt Family Foundation and Sun Microsystems for financial support of the Roadmap project.
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Mark your calendars for this very special event. Please join us to explore nanotechnology, AI, longevity, social technologies like Prediction Markets, and other coming technologies.
We've learned that you want a highly interactive meeting, so this year we'll be experimenting with a new format including big chunks of time for the Unconference meeting style that is taking the technical world by storm.
We have a firm limit of 200 participants. The website and Wiki are coming soon. Reserve your place now by sending your name and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll let you know when registration is open!
Researcher Alexander Wissner-Gross let us know of his and advisor Efthimios Kaxiras's work at Harvard on modeling how to enable stable, very thin ice layers at body temperature. They modeled ice sitting on a layer of sodium attached to diamond, and sure enough, it's doesn't melt. It's speculated that such an ice layer might make diamond-toughened medical implants more biocompatible, but even if that doesn't work, it's a cool result (pun intended).
The 2007 finalists for the Experimental prize are:
The 2007 Finalists for the Theory prize are:
For those of you with an interest in the longer-term, more visionary projections for nanotech and the human body, Gina Miller brings to our attention a new collaboration between herself and Robert Freitas, a 2007 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology finalist.
Babak Parviz of University of Washington, named by Technology Review as one of this year's outstanding innovators under the age of 35, writes in the Sept/Oct issue (free reg. req'd.) about self-assembly:
"…This revolutionary manufacturing method offers many opportunities. Growing machines may not be as far-fetched as it once seemed."
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