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Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: October 16, 2008

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Top Nano News of the Week

Is the patent system stifling nanotechnology?

Will "blocking patents" delay nanotech advances, as has happened with biotech medical advances? A Canadian non-profit group named The Innovation Partnership has released a report…

In this issue:

Foresight Events – Convergence08 Vision Weekend, Lectures
Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology - Join Foresight
More Events
Contact Foresight

First massively multiplayer forecasting platform to look for solutions to future scenarios

Christine Peterson passes along this news from the quarterly update of the Institute for the Future (IFTF) as something worth considering: "Foresight members and Nanodot readers may wish to join this collaborative forecasting effort." The IFTF announced their First Massively Multiplayer Forecasting Platform…

Nanotechnology may need to account for proteins that coat nanoparticles used for drug delivery

Nanotech applications using nanoparticles to deliver drugs in the body may have to add another dimension to their design considerations—different chemical surfaces covering a nanoparticle can attract different types of blood proteins to coat the nanoparticle, which might affect how the nanoparticle moves through the body and where it ends up…

Self-assembled square arrays may lead nanotechnology to very small electronic devices

Nanotech methods for making very small electronic devices may benefit from a new ability to make block copolymers self-assemble into square arrays…

Flipping a pair of atoms back and forth using nanotechnology

Dutch scientists have demonstrated controlling the motion of an atomic scale mechanical device, although whether more complex nanotech devices could be controlled by the mechanism at work here remains to be seen. Upon exposure to electrons from an STM tip, pairs of platinum atoms on a germanium surface can be made to pivot on one atom, swinging back and forth like a flipper on a pinball machine…

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis

Foresight Events – Convergence08, Lectures

November 15-16, 2008
Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno Revolutions to be Explored at Convergence08 Unconference - Foresight Vision Weekend
Mountain View, California

On November 15-16, 2008, the world's most dangerous ideas will collide in Mountain View, California. Convergence08 examines the world-changing possibilities of NANOTECH and the life-changing promises of BIOTECH. It is the premier forum for debate and exploration of COGTECH ethics, and ground zero of the past and future INFOTECH revolution. Convergence08 is an innovative, lively unconference, the first and only forum dedicated to NBIC (Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno) technologies

For more information, see the press release. This event will serve as Foresight's Vision Weekend for 2008.

Registration details available at http://www.convergence08.org/registration.

Foresight Lectures

October 17, 2008
Bay Area Future Salon
Palo Alto, California
Christine Peterson will speak on "Open Source Sensing: Using open source & nanotechnology to reduce surveillance & head off Iraq-style wars."
Click here for lecture details

October 24, 2008
Singularity Summit Emerging Tech Workshop
San Jose, California
Christine Peterson will be a panelist on nanotechnology.
Click here for conference details

Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology

Do you believe that nanotechnology will give society the ability to tackle the hard challenges facing humanity? What's your priority for nanotechnology: cancer treatments and longevity therapies, sustainable energy, clean water, a restored environment, space development, or "zero waste" manufacturing? Or perhaps there are potential nanotech scenarios you would like to prevent.

If you would like to help influence the direction of this powerful technology, please consider becoming a member of Foresight Nanotech Institute. With your support, Foresight will continue to educate the general public on beneficial nanotechnology and what it will mean to our society.

To join:
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More Events

The Singularity Summit 2008
Opportunity, Risk, Leadership
October 25, 2008
Montgomery Theater, San Jose, CA

Hosted by the Singularity Institute, the Singularity Summit is the premier dialog on the Singularity.

The Singularity Summit gathers the smartest people around to explore the biggest ideas of our time. Learn where humanity is headed, meet the people leading the way, and leave inspired to create a better world.

National Nano Engineering Conference 2008
America's premier nano engineering conference
November 12-13, 2008
The Colonnade Hotel, Boston, MA

Weekly Digest readers can save $100 using discount code: VIP
(Discount not applicable to one-day passes)
http://nasatech.com/nano/register.html

The National Nano Engineering Conference 2008 (NNEC) is the premier event focused on current and future developments in engineering innovations at the nanoscale, as well as the commercialization of nanotechnology.

Presentations on new technologies and their commercial applications in the following disciplines:

  • Advanced Materials
  • Bio/Medicine
  • Electronics
  • Energy & Environmental
  • Aerospace & Defense

NanoManufacturing Conference & Exhibits 2009
What's Happening TODAY and Tomorrow!
April 1-2, 2009
Minneapolis MN USA

Call for Speakers

Looking to understand what nanotechnology means for you? Need to understand how and why nanotechnology can improve your products, process and may even cut costs? Interested in learning about the latest applications and trends in top-down fabrication and bottom-up assembly techniques? Then this event is for you!

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