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Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: September 4, 2008

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Top Nano News of the Week

DNA nanotubes of programmed circumference for nanotechnology

The newest addition to the toolkit for using DNA as a nanotech building block is the ability to program the circumference of nanotubes made from DNA…

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Multiple nanotechnology paths lead to harvesting solar energy

Two stories today in ScienceDaily point to different nanotech applications that could enable a solar solution to our energy problems—one including the use of self-repairing nanosystems…

Lining up proteins for nanotechnology

The protein engineering pathway to advanced nanotech … might benefit if proteins could be arrayed on a surface so that they could be quickly and easily scanned for function or interactions with other molecules. Protein 'chips' developed by UK scientists for rapid disease detection and drug discovery might be just what is needed…

US and European approaches to advanced nanotechnology implications compared

Government-sponsored discussions of the implications for society of advanced nanotechnology and other emerging technologies have taken place and are ongoing in both the US and Europe. A recent Nanowerk Spotlight written by Michael Berger gives an update of deliberations in Europe and compares and contrasts the US and European approaches…

Act today to nominate undergraduate aging research project for $1.5 M award

Whether you are an American Express cardholder or not, you can vote for an innovative effort to inspire undergraduates to strive for fundamental advances in our ability to control the aging process…

Meme that machine intelligence will surpass human intelligence gathers support

KurzweilAI.net points us to this CNET News report that Ray Kurzweil's concept of an impending "singularity," in which machine intelligence surpasses human intelligence, has garnered support from Intel's Chief Technology Officer Justin Rattner…

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis

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September 23-25, 2008
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Nanotech Northern Europe brings together the field's top scientists and leading international companies in order to advance the beneficial use of nanotechnology. The 2008 event concentrates around three application areas:

  • Sustainable solutions for energy and environment
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  • Global nanotechnology and business development
  • Safety and risk management
  • Tech transfer

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National Nano Engineering Conference 2008
America's premier nano engineering conference
November 12-13, 2008
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