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  • Hoverbike drone project for air transport takes off

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm
    What happens when you cross a helicopter with a motorbike? The crew at Malloy Aeronautics has been focused on a viable answer and has launched a crowdfunding campaign to support its Hoverbike project, "The Hoverbike is the result of years worth of research and development," said Chris Malloy of Malloy Aeronautics. "We combined the simplicity of a motorbike and the freedom of a helicopter to create the world's first flying motorcycle."
  • Amazon loss widens despite climbing sales

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Internet retail titan Amazon on Thursday reported a money-losing quarter despite impressive growth in sales.
  • Honey bees sting Texas man about 1,000 times

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    (AP)—A North Texas street department worker has been stung about 1,000 times by aggressive bees that also attacked two co-workers who tried to help him.
  • Study indicates large raptors in Africa used for bushmeat

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Bushmeat, the use of native animal species for food or commercial food sale, has been heavily documented to be a significant factor in the decline of many species of primates and other mammals. However, a new study indicates that more than half of the species being consumed are birds, particularly large birds like raptors and hornbills.
  • Earlier Stone Age artifacts found in Northern Cape of South Africa

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Excavations at an archaeological site at Kathu in the Northern Cape province of South Africa have produced tens of thousands of Earlier Stone Age artifacts, including hand axes and other tools. These discoveries were made by archaeologists from the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa and the University of Toronto (U of T), in collaboration with the McGregor Museum in Kimberley, South Africa.
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    the Foresight Institute

  • Building biological molecular machines as an open source path to advanced nanotechnology

    Jim Lewis
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:27 pm
    A popular added event at the February 2014 Foresight Conference was the B.R.AI.N.S Immortalist Audit focusing on what self-described “Life-Extensionists” are doing to cure disease and extend healthy human life, and how attendees could help. Photos from the Conference present a who’s who of principal players in biotechnology-, and life extension-related startups and research organizations. An April 16 B.R.AI.N.S salon on Human Biology and Freedom capped a successful Crowdtilt community fundraising campaign to build a strategic alliance between B.R.AI.N.S., Berkeley BioLabs…
  • Discount to attend SENS Rejuvenation Biotechnology Conference

    Jim Lewis
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Aubrey de Grey, Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer, SENS Research Foundation Rejuvenation Biotechnology Conference August 21-23, 2014 · Santa Clara, California Conference brochure (pdf) Registration details We are in the midst of a transformation in the way we search for cures to the diseases of aging. The prevalence of age-related diseases is spiraling and the socioeconomic impacts are a constant source of debate. Subsequently, interest in preventing such diseases through novel approaches to drug development is at an all-time high. The Rejuvenation Biotechnology Conference is the…
  • The NNI Debate of 2014

    Stephanie C
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Credit: NNI at Just when it seemed like debate over the National Nanotechnology Initiative was a thing of the past (see Foresight’s disappointment in 2008 here), disagreements regarding re-authorization and budget cuts are prompting politicians and researchers to take a detailed look at what the program supports and what it is achieving. Witnesses to the House Research Subcommittee hearing, held this past May, included Timothy Persons of US GAO, who spoke at Foresight’s 2014 Integration Conference (and whose work indicating shortfalls in US manufacturing and policy is highlighted…
  • The atomically precise manufacture of quantum dots

    Jim Lewis
    5 Jul 2014 | 8:14 pm
    This image shows a quantum dot molecule consisting of three 6-atom indium chains. (Image: Stefan Fölsch/PDI) One of the iconic milestones in the history of nanotechnology was the 1989 feat by Eigler and Schweizer at IBM (published the following April in Nature) of using an STM to arrange 35 xenon atoms on a nickel surface to spell IBM. The demonstration was done at 4 K and the atoms of the nickel crystal acted like an “egg carton” to hold the xenon atoms in place. For these and other reasons, although the symbolic impact of the accomplishment was enormous, it was not obvious…
  • Lipid coat protects DNA nanorobot from immune attack

    Jim Lewis
    5 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    An enveloped virus (left) coats itself with lipid as part of its life cycle. New lipid-coated DNA nanodevices (right) closely resemble those viruses and evade the immune defenses of mice. Credit: Steven Perrault/Harvard's Wyss Institute In general one would not expect a close correlation between the nanoscience and nanomaterials R&D leading to near-term applications in medicine, energy, computation, and other fields, and the molecular nanotechnology that will eventually lead to productive nanosystems and atomically precise manufacturing. A counter example in which the correlation is…
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    Nanotechnology News

  • Researchers discover boron 'buckyball'

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The discovery of buckyballs -- soccer-ball-shaped molecules of carbon -- helped usher in the nanotechnology era. Now, researchers from Brown University and universities in China have shown that boron, carbon's neighbor on the periodic table, can form a cage-like molecule similar to the buckyball. Until now, such a boron structure had only been a theoretical speculation. The researchers dubbed their new-found nanostructure 'borospherene.'
  • 3-D nanostructure could benefit nanoelectronics, gas storage

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    A three-dimensional porous nanostructure would have a balance of strength, toughness and ability to transfer heat that could benefit nanoelectronics, gas storage and composite materials that perform multiple functions, according to engineers at Rice University.
  • Nanophotonics experts create powerful molecular sensor

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Nanophotonics experts at Rice University have created a unique sensor that amplifies the optical signature of molecules by about 100 billion times. Newly published tests found the device could accurately identify the composition and structure of individual molecules containing fewer than 20 atoms.
  • Study advances limits for ultrafast nano-devices

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    A recent study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides new insights on the physical mechanisms governing the interplay of spin and heat at the nanoscale, and addresses the fundamental limits of ultrafast spintronic devices for data storage and information processing.
  • Projecting a 3-dimensional future

    20 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    A team of Tel Aviv University researchers has developed highly efficient holography based on nanoantennas, using the parameters of light itself to create dynamic and complex holographic images. Their research could be used for security as well as medical and recreational purposes, improving laser-based radars and advancing anti-counterfeiting techniques to safeguard against theft.
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    TINC's Posts - The International NanoScience Community

  • Open positions (PhD, Postdoc, Staff) - microscopy, nanobio science, materialscience, ecotoxicology

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    PhD Studentship on Bioflexoelectricity Technical sales and application specialist in electron microscopy Technical writer PhD-candidate in the field of nano-ecotoxicology Research Support Assistant in Electron Microscopy PhD position: Growth of EUV-'transparent' materials Service Engineer - Electron microscope/TEM/SEM Research Engineer in Electron Microscopy First Research Engineer in Electron Microscopy Call for applications: PhD Progam in Physics - Univ. of Trento ITALY TINC-Job monitor - more open positions Submit a call of open position Members looking for PhD and Postdoc open positions -…
  • New publications of our members: Ni thin film; Pd nanoparticles - graphene; Nanotubes; Drug delivery

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    Nanotech Journal Club 2014: Organometallic Deposition of Ultrasmooth Nanoscale Ni film shared by A. Paszternák Palladium–phosphorus/sulfur nanoparticles (NPs) decorated on graphene oxide: synthesis using the same precursor for NPs and catalytic applications in Suzuki–Miyaura coupling shared by H. Joshi Efficiency of Transition Metals in Combustion Catalyst for High Yield Helical Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes shared by T. Somanathan Study the effects of PLGA-PEG encapsulated Amphotericin B nanoparticle drug delivery system against Leishmania donovani shared by R. Kumar To share your…
  • PhD Studentship on Bioflexoelectricity - SPAIN

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
    The Institut Català de Nanociencia I Nanotecnologia ( is an independent research institute jointly funded by the Catalan Government and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC). Our premises are in a brand new building equipped with state of the art facilities located in the campus of the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. We strive to be a world-leading centre for research in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology; our workforce is international, and English is our official language. Description The successful candidate will join the Oxide Nanoelectronics (ON)…
  • PhD-candidate in the field of nano-ecotoxicology

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:57 am
    Metal-based nanoparticles (NPs) are used in ever more products, which in their end-of-life phase are likely to end up in the aquatic environment. The potential for adverse biological effects is thus increasing and the need for risk assessment hence urgent. Current environmental risk assessment is inadequate for NPs, which owing to their small size have unique characteristics such as a relatively large surface area and high reactivity and hence behave differently from dissolved metals and from sub-micron-sized particles. This project will yield 1) a model for NP toxicity respecting the…
  • PhD position: Growth of EUV-'transparent' materials

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    Using a unique scanning tunneling microscope, dedicated to live imaging under high and varying-temperature conditions, you will follow on the atomic scale the processes that govern the nucleation and growth of monolayer materials, such as graphene and hexagonal boron nitride. These materials find potential application in future EUV lithography instrumentation. For these applications, the graphene (or h-BN) should be close to ideal, i.e. large areas with no holes, with a precisely defined number of layers (everywhere!), and with high mechanical strength. Such material cannot be produced at…
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    EDF Health

  • New bill puts BPA back in the spotlight

    Sarah Vogel
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:23 pm
    By Sarah VogelSarah Vogel, Ph.D. is Director of EDF's Health Program. The hotly debated chemical BPA is back in the policy spotlight. This week Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass) joined Representatives Lois Capps (D-CA) and Grace Meng (D-NY) to announce the Ban Poisonous Additives (BPA) Act.  The bill would ban the use of BPA or bisphenol A from food packaging and mandates extensive consideration of the hazardous properties of any BPA alternative, so as to avoid substituting chemicals that may pose just as many health risks (as increasingly it appears to be with the case of the common BPA…
  • EPA releases final risk assessment for TCE: One down, 84,999 to go*

    Richard Denison
    25 Jun 2014 | 10:57 am
    By Richard DenisonRichard Denison, Ph.D. is a Lead Senior Scientist.  Jennifer McPartland, Ph.D. is a Health Scientist. EPA achieved a rather significant milestone today in releasing a final risk assessment for the solvent trichloroethylene (TCE).  This document is for the first of a group of 83 “work plan chemicals” EPA identified in 2012 as needing risk assessments and, where warranted, risk management. Why do we call it a milestone?  It is the first final risk assessment issued by EPA using its authority under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in – wait for it – 28 years.
  • Imbalanced act: An EPA IRIS agenda that speaks 1000 words

    Richard Denison
    17 Jun 2014 | 6:33 am
    By Richard DenisonRichard Denison, Ph.D. is a Lead Senior Scientist.  Rachel Shaffer is a research assistant. [UPDATE 6/24/14:  Perhaps in response to this post of last week, an updated agenda for this week's IRIS meeting was posted by EPA today that reflects a somewhat more balanced set of speakers.  Industry interests appear to have consolidated their number of slots, down from a high of 8 to a high of 6 per issue, and down from a high of 6 to a high of 4 individuals per issue from the same consulting firm.  In addition, several additional slots are assigned to non-industry speakers. …
  • ECHA keeps the ball rolling on Authorisation under REACH

    Alissa Sasso
    6 Jun 2014 | 7:58 am
    By Alissa SassoAlissa Sasso is a Chemicals Policy Fellow In our last update on the European Union’s Regulation on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), we noted a major milestone under the “A” of REACH, as the first application for an authorisation was passed to and is awaiting decision by the European Commission. The authorisation process is continuing to move along: as of May 19th, ECHA has received 13 applications for 35 uses of six different substances on the Authorisation list. Interest in ECHA’s authorisation work is also increasing,…
  • Chemical Safety Reform: Will the Center Hold?

    Richard Denison
    4 Jun 2014 | 6:57 am
    By Richard DenisonRichard Denison, Ph.D. is a Lead Senior Scientist. Copyright © 2014, Environmental Law Institute®, Washington, D.C. Reprinted by permission from The Environmental Forum®, May/June 2014 Compromise is tough. It can be thankless and unsatisfying, and, by definition, you don’t get everything you want. But it’s the only way reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act will happen. Nearly everyone, from environmentalists to industry honchos, agrees TSCA is badly broken. But start talking about how to fix the problems and you’ll find there are legitimate core…
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  • Gmail interface horror

    Eric Drexler
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    Accidentally sending an unfinished, unedited email can be a really big mistake, so one wouldn’t want to make this mistake really, really easy… Here is the button-filled corner of the “Reply” edit window in Gmail. Note the a measurement added in red: Is there any imaginable excuse for placing the Send button just 10 pixels away from the Formatting options button? A button that gets clicked while you’re still editing? Is it because someone thought it looked pretty? Calling Google… Hello?
  • Keynote at TVC 2014

    Eric Drexler
    3 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    Sorry for the late mention, but last week I gave a talk at the Technology Ventures Conference at the University of Cambridge. The organizers promise to post a video. The conference was a lot of fun. I don’t know where else I’d have an opportunity to discuss nanotechnology, additive manufacturing, Haskell, and medicine all in the same day. The theme of the conference was “Moonshot Thinking”, which let me place nanotechnology in the context of space systems engineering and the modes of thought and problem formulation that I learned in the AeroAstro department at MIT. The great gap in…
  • Standard Model followup

    Eric Drexler
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    Here’s a reworked diagram of interactions in the Standard Model of particle physics, now in the Wikipedia article: This supersedes and corrects the previous Wikipedia diagram. Diagramming the Standard Model is a relatively good excuse to play with graphics.
  • Just in case you missed reading XKCD…

    Eric Drexler
    11 Jun 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Failing to read XKCD is, of course, a mistake.
  • Physics Quiz: Corrected Answers

    Eric Drexler
    25 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    With thanks to Kevin, the previous post has been updated with corrections re. neutrinos and the Higgs.
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    Soft Machines

  • Rebuilding the UK’s innovation economy

    Richard Jones
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:22 am
    The UK’s innovation system is currently under-performing; the amount of resource devoted to private sector R&D has been too low compared to competitors for many years, and the situation shows no sign of improving. My last post discussed the changes in the UK economy that have led us to this situation, which contributes to the deep-seated problems of the UK economy of very poor productivity performance and persistent current account deficits. What can we do to improve things? Here I suggest three steps. 1. Stop making things worse. Firstly, we should recognise the damage that has been…
  • Business R&D is the weak link in the UK’s innovation system

    Richard Jones
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:23 am
    What’s wrong with the UK’s innovation system is not that we don’t have a strong science base, or even that there isn’t the will to connect the science base to the companies and entrepreneurs who might want to use its outputs. The problem is that our economy isn’t assigning enough resource to pulling through the fruits of the science base into technological innovations, the innovation that will create new products and services, bring economic growth, and help solve some of the biggest social problems we face. The primary symptom of the problem is the UK’s very poor…
  • Surely there’s more to science than money?

    Richard Jones
    15 Jun 2014 | 12:37 pm
    How can we justify spending taxpayers’ money on science when there is so much pressure to cut public spending, and so many other popular things to spend the money on, like the National Health Service? People close to the policy-making process tend to stress that if you want to persuade HM Treasury of the need to fund science, there’s only one argument they will listen to – that science spending will lead to more economic growth. Yet the economic instrumentalism of this argument grates for many people. Surely it must be possible to justify the elevated pursuit of knowledge in less…
  • Spin-outs and venture capital won’t fill the pharma R&D gap

    Richard Jones
    31 May 2014 | 6:53 am
    Now that Pfizer has, for the moment, been rebuffed in its attempt to take over AstraZeneca, it’s worth reflecting on the broader issues this story raised about the pharmaceutical industry in particular and technological innovation more generally. The political attention focused on the question of industrial R&D capacity was very welcome; this was the subject of my last post – Why R&D matters. Less has been said about the broader problems of innovation in the pharmaceutical industry, which I discussed in an earlier post – Decelerating change in the pharmaceutical…
  • Why R&D matters

    Richard Jones
    9 May 2014 | 9:27 am
    The takeover bid for the UK/Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca by US giant Pfizer has given rare political prominence to the issue of UK-based research and development capacity. Underlying much opposition to the deal is the fear that the combined entity will seek to cut costs, and that R&D expenditure will be first in the firing line. This fear is entirely well-founded; since Pfizer took over Wyeth in 2009 it has reduced total R&D spend from $11bn to $6.7bn, and in the UK Pfizer’s cost-cutting reputation was sealed by the closure of its Sandwich R&D facility in…
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    Next Big Future

  • Wheat disease Powdery Mildew was stopped with gene editing

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Researchers have created wheat that is resistant to a common disease, using advanced gene editing methods.Advanced genome-editing techniques have been used to create a strain of wheat resistant to a destructive fungal pathogen—called powdery mildew—that is a major bane to the world’s top food source, according to scientists at one of China’s leading centers for agricultural research.To stop the mildew, researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences deleted genes that encode proteins that repress defenses against the mildew. The work promises to someday make wheat more resistant to the…
  • Lasers make fiber optic tubes out of thin air and can be used for communication, sensing and weapon applications

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Milchberg and his lab report using an “air waveguide” to enhance light signals collected from distant sources. These air waveguides could have many applications, including long-range laser communications, detecting pollution in the atmosphere, making high-resolution topographic maps and laser weapons.Because light loses intensity with distance, the range over which such tasks can be done is limited. Even lasers, which produce highly directed beams, lose focus due to their natural spreading, or worse, due to interactions with gases in the air. Fiber-optic cables can trap light beams and…
  • Elon Musk says 500 mile range electric car will soon be possible

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Elon Musk explains why the Tesla Model S has twice the range of the Nissan Leaf and why Tesla will soon have electric cars with 500 mile range Tesla Electric cars have the highest energy density battery in the world, twice that of the Nissan Leaf. But their range is more than twice that of the Leaf so we come into other factors: what’s the drag co-efficient of the car, how much does it weigh, what’s the efficiency of the motor and gearbox, what’s the rolling resistance? All those factors affect the range.Recently Telsa Model S was assessed against a whole bunch of other cars for drag…
  • Carbon Nanotubes May Protect Electrodes for commercial version of Focus Fusion and machining has delayed the Tungsten electrode to September, 2014

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:02 pm
    While LPPFusion’s research team expects to eliminate the major sources of electrode erosion, enough to get rid of significant impurities in the plasma, some erosion will still exist. It won’t be enough to bother us during the current experimental phase, but once they are engineering a generator that fires 200 times second, remaining erosion will limit the lifetime of the electrodes. But there may be a way to protect the electrodes better—with a coating of carbon nanotubes.Neil Farbstein of Vulvox Nanobiotechnology Corporation suggested to LPPFusion joint development of a coating of CNT…
  • Genetically Modified mosquito swarms will be used on a commercial scale to hopefully prevent 50 million incidents of dengue fever per year

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Genetically modified mosquitoes will be raised on a commercial scale for the first time, in a bid to stem outbreaks of dengue fever in Brazil. But it is unclear how well it will work.Next week biotech company Oxitec of Abingdon, UK, will open a factory in Campinas, Brazil, to raise millions of modified mosquitoes. Once released, they will mate with wild females, whose offspring then die before adulthood. That should cut the number of dengue-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. In April, Brazil's National Technical Commission for Biosecurity (CTNBio) approved their commercial use.The…
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  • Who's hiring in tech for the week of July 21

    Sara Castellanos
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Companies that are hiring in tech for the week of July 21, based on our reporting, range from BlueConic to Backupify and HourlyNerd. Here's the list: HourlyNerd, a Boston-based company that matches MBA students with companies looking for contract work, is hiring for two positions: account executive and full-stack developer. Recent story: Q&A with HourlyNerd's new CMO, former Hubspot exec Dan Slagen BlueConic, a Boston-based marketing software startup, currently has nine employees and aims to…
  • WPI hosts students from Northern Ireland, which aims to create 20K STEM jobs in six years

    Mary Moore
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:52 pm
    As part of a broad goal of creating 20,000 science, technology, engineering and math jobs by 2020, Northern Ireland has sent eight high school students to Worcester Polytechnic Institute to attend a summer program focused on these disciplines and help build a pipeline of talent. The group from Northern Ireland is participating in the program, with about 250 other students ,called Frontiers II. It offers the students training in robotics, engineering exploration, global sustainability and more. The…
  • Tufts Medical Center forms affiliation with South End Community Health Center

    Jessica Bartlett
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Tufts Medical Center has launched an affiliation with South End Community Health Center, a partnership that organizers said will bring increased services to the residents of the South End and lower Roxbury. “It really is a perfect partnership, as Tufts Medical Center has long been a champion of providing high quality care in the community for the convenience and comfort of our patients,” said Michael Wagner, president and CEO of Tufts Medical Center, in a release. “We look forward to working…
  • O'Brien, top aide guilty in probation case

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:21 pm
    A federal jury today found former state Probation Commissioner John O'Brien and top aides Elizabeth Tavares and William Burke III guilty of charges related to the running of a hiring system that prosecutors said was perverted into a machine for rewarding influential lawmakers in pursuit of Beacon Hill favors. All three were convicted of conspiracy to commit racketeering. The jury also convicted O'Brien and Tavares of mail fraud. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 18.
  • Alere Accountable Care, Merrimack Valley physician group launch new medical record technology

    Jessica Bartlett
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Patients who have physicians in Merrimack Valley are about to be introduced to a new way of viewing their medical records with the launch of a patient-accessible health information exchange. Created on a platform provided by Waltham-based Alere Accountable Care Solutions, and initially being offered to the 200 primary care physicians in the Whittier Independent Practice Association in the North Shore's lower Merrimack Valley, the technology allows both patients and physicians to compile and view…
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