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** Foresight Update 26.02 - March 11, 2013
ISSN 1078-9731
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** Nanotech News
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Discuss these news stories at http://foresight.org/nanodot.


** In this issue:
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* A teenager's step toward nanomedicine innovation
(http://www.foresight.org/nanodot/?p=3D5562)
* Proposed Brain Activity Map may also advance nanotechnology
(http://www.foresight.org/nanodot/?p=3D5556)
* Studying environmental impacts of nanoparticles using mesocosms
(http://www.foresight.org/nanodot/?p=3D5542)
* Nanotechnology delivers potent anti-cancer agent where it needs to go
(http://www.foresight.org/nanodot/?p=3D5536)
* Christine Peterson on pushing the future in a positive direction
(http://www.foresight.org/nanodot/?p=3D5532)
* Christine Peterson interviewed on nanotechnology
(http://www.foresight.org/nanodot/?p=3D5528)


** A teenager's step toward nanomedicine innovation
(http://www.foresight.org/nanodot/?p=3D5562)
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In this Forbes interview, contributor John Nosta introduces us to a teen worth
watching: fifteen-year-old Jack Andraka, whose effort to design a
nanotube-based sensor for pancreatic cancer detection was initially ignored.
The interview taps into some aspects of how innovation occurs and the
challenges of bringing new ideas to fruition ...


** Proposed Brain Activity Map may also advance nanotechnology
(http://www.foresight.org/nanodot/?p=3D5556)
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A proposal alluded to by President Obama in his State of the Union address to
construct a dynamic "functional connectome" Brain Activity Map (BAM) would
leverage current progress in neuroscience, synthetic biology, and
nanotechnology to develop a map of each firing of every neuron in the human
brain - a hundred billion neurons sampled on millisecond time scales. Although
not the intended goal of this effort, a project on this scale, if it is funded,
should also indirectly advance efforts to develop artificial intelligence and
atomically precise manufacturing ...


** Studying environmental impacts of nanoparticles using mesocosms
(http://www.foresight.org/nanodot/?p=3D5542)
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The advent of new technologies is typically followed by new government
regulation, and in the absence of data, fear-based reactionism can have far too
much influence on policy. Quality research studies on real risks and impacts of
nanoscale technologies can help lead to legitimate scientific consensus and
appropriate regulation. ...


** Nanotechnology delivers potent anti-cancer agent where it needs to go
(http://www.foresight.org/nanodot/?p=3D5536)
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One of the most promising near-term applications of current nanotechnology is
in targeted drug delivery to treat cancer. Despite the fact that a number of
approaches based on very different areas of nanoscience have shown promise in
delivering a wide variety of agents in different animal models of cancer, a
number of challenges remain, principally involving the stability of the
nanoparticles in the circulatory system, getting them into cancer cells,
releasing the cargo to kill the cells, and the fact that cancer cells often
have defenses against anti-cancer drugs. A core-shell nanoparticle has been
cleverly adapted to deliver a particularly effective agent to where it is
needed. ...


** Christine Peterson on pushing the future in a positive direction
(http://www.foresight.org/nanodot/?p=3D5532)
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Foresight Co-Founder and Past President Christine Peterson is interviewed on
the Singularity Weblog in a 47-minute tour that covers nanotechnology, the
founding of the Foresight Institute, her work on personal life extension
through Health Activator, open source, and the Technological Singularity. ...


** Christine Peterson interviewed on nanotechnology
(http://www.foresight.org/nanodot/?p=3D5528)
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An interview with Foresight Co-Founder and Past President Christine Peterson
was filmed by Adam Ford in conjunction with the Humanity+ conference in San
Francisco and is now available on YouTube. ...

-- Nanodot posts by James Lewis (http://www.foresight.org/about/Lewis.html) and
Stephanie C.


** Foresight Lectures
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Christine Peterson on Singularity 1 on 1: Join Us to Push the Future in a
Positive Direction
(http://www.singularityweblog.com/christine-peterson-on-singularity-1-on-1/)
Online

Christine Peterson is interviewed on the Singularity Weblog for 47 minutes on
nanotechnology, the founding of the Foresight Institute, her work on personal
life extension through Health Activator, open source, and the Technological
Singularity.


** Media Partner Events
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The 10th FNANO Conference on Self-Assembled Architectures and Devices
(http://www.cs.duke.edu/FNANO/)
Monday, April 15 - Thursday, April 18, 2013 Snowbird, UT
NOTE: The early registration deadline is 15 March 2013.

The FNANO conference is an annual conclave on foundations of nano science. It
maintains the highest scientific standards and provides a rich variety of
opportunities for discussion and exchange of information on nanoscale sciences
research.

Self-assembly is the central theme of the conference. Topics to be covered by
speakers at the conference include experimental and theoretical studies of
self-assembled architectures and devices at scales ranging from nano-scale to
meso-scale. The subject matter of the conference spans many traditional
disciplines including chemistry, biochemistry, physics, computer science,
mathematics, and various engineering disciplines.

Organized by John H. Reif (Duke) and Marya Lieberman (Notre Dame) FNANO is
among the most interesting and productive conferences on nanotechnology by the
academic research community.

If you are interested in nanotechnology and want to spend a week immersed in
presentations and discussions of many of the most important advances of the
past year in nanosciences, surrounded by the snow covered peaks of one the most
beautiful (and challenging) ski resorts in the US - then you ought to attend
this conference.


** Other Upcoming Activities of Interest
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Imagine Nano 2013 (http://www.imaginenano.com/GENERAL/index.php)
April 23-26, 2013 Bilbao (Spain)
Bringing together Nanoscience & Nanotechnology

Nanotech Conference & Expo 2013 (http://www.techconnectworld.com/Nanotech2013/)
May 12-16, 2013
Washington, DC USA
Don't miss this year in Washington, D.C. as we deliver the World's top
innovations and the Nation's leading R&D agency programs!

2013 ASME Annual Meeting
(http://www.asme.org/events-details/conferences/2013-asme-annual-meeting)
June 21-26,2013 Indianapolis, Indiana, USA


** About the Foresight Institute
Foreseeing Future Technologies
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