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Foresight Institute Weekly News Digest: February 5, 2009

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Top News of the Week

Making energy transfer in solar cells more efficient

Canadian scientists have discovered how chemical structure can elicit a quantum state that permits the ultrafast movement of energy along an organic polymer. This discovery should facilitate a number of nanotech applications, including inexpensive solar cells…

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EPA encourages input to develop risk management practices for nanotechnology

Following up on recent posts about concern in the insurance industry and in Congress about risk management practices for (current and near-term) nanotechnology, David Forrest passes along this news of recent action at EPA…

Preparing perfectly aligned arrays of semiconducting SWNTs for nanotechnology applications

We noted a few weeks ago a new nanotech method to make structurally pure metallic single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) and, the following week, a way to prepare semiconducting SWNTs from mixtures by eliminating the metallic ones. Maintaining the momentum of rapid progress, now comes a method to prepare high-density arrays of perfectly aligned, 95%-pure semiconducting SWNTs…

Targeting brain cancer cells with nanotechnology makes them less invasive

In new variation of ways to use nanotech to treat cancer, scientists have shown that using a scorpion toxin to target nanoparticles to brain cancer cells depletes the amount on the cancer cell surface of a protein required to make the cells invasive…

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis

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Foresight Lectures

March 10, 2009
O'Reilly ETech Emerging Technologies Conference 2009
San Jose, California
Christine Peterson will speak on nanotechnology and open source sensing.
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April 2, 2009
Stanford Law, Science and Technology Colloquium
Palo Alto, California
Christine Peterson will speak to LLM students on legal, ethical and public policy issues in nanotechnology.
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Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology

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NanoManufacturing Conference & Exhibits 2009
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April 1-2, 2009
Minneapolis MN USA

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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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