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NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Video: Atomic Precision For Medical Applications.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: New Method for Producing Nanowires Could Offer a Commercial Avenue.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Nanosubmarines Promise a Fast Drug Delivery Device. “What is really impressive about the nanoscale submarines is their speed. One wag of its tail can move it 18 nanometers. Not impressed? Consider that the tail can wag a million revolutions per minute (RPM), which translates to propelling the molecule about 2.5 centimeters per second. In nano-scale terms that’s really fast.”

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Architecture for atomically precise quantum computer in silicon.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Generating hydrogen with single atom catalysts.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: One-directional rotation in a new artificial molecular motor.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Less Talk, But Plenty Of Action:

Nobody in the stock market gets excited about the phrase “nanotech” anymore. Which is strange, because nanotechnology itself – that is, the science and engineering conducted on a molecular scale, measuring less than 100 nanometers – is yielding applications and products in a number of industries, just as its more sensible supporters have long predicted. . . .

According to Google Trends, searches on “nanotechnology” have steadily trended downward to between 15% and 20% of the levels of a decade ago. Searches for “nanotech” – the catchy buzzword preferred by investors – have grown even quieter. And yet each year there are more interesting applications that wouldn’t be possible without nanotechnology.

One better-known example is semiconductors, which began employing a 65-nanometer manufacturing process in 2007. Intel this year announced a processor with transistors measuring 14 nanometers, small enough to fit 1.3 billion transistors on a chip, and is pushing for a 10-nanometer process.

Meanwhile, research for new drug therapies are increasingly relying on molecular-level science, while gold nanoparticles are being developed as way to diagnose and treat cancers. Touchscreens, LEDs, displays, batteries, water desalination, energy efficiency – all are areas that are benefiting from nanoscience, with products already in the market or approaching there. IBM, for example, is looking into carbon nanotubes as a promising alternative to silicon, which isn’t useful in transistors below 10 nanometers.

Nanotechnology never had its Facebook, its multibillion dollar blockbuster IPO that made clear how a new technology is changing the world. Instead, it’s enabling a lot of mostly incremental change in older industries. It may not be as visible as a social network, but it’s even more widespread. Most of the investments, however, have been coming not from VCs but from governments or deep-pocketed, diversified giants like IBM or GE.

That’s good.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Conference video: New Methods of Exploring, Analyzing, and Predicting Molecular Interactions.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: DNA nanotechnology guides assembling cells into ‘Organoids.’

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Novel Nanostructures Could Usher in Touchless Displays.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Nanotechnology carries gene editing package into cells.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Catalytic micromotors demonstrate carbon dioxide removal from water.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Parallel to protein folding improves DNA origami process.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Addressable molecular machines arranged in a porous crystal.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Review of artificial molecular machines and their controlled motions.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Conference video: Bringing Computational Programmability to Nanostructured Surfaces.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Peering Into Nanoparticles One at a Time Reveals Hidden World.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Overview of molecular machines documents recent progress.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Nanotechnology provides sensors for liver-on-chip drug testing.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Macroscopic mechanical manipulation controls molecular machine array.

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NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Smart DNA nanobots mount a deadly attack on cancer cells, First human trial this year. Faster, please.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Novel wireframe nanostructures from new DNA origami design process.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Another nanotechnology computer memory breakthrough from Feynman Prize winner.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Arranging molecular chromophores on DNA brick nanobreadboards.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Nanowires Boost Hydrogen Production from Sunlight Tenfold.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Conference video: Conformational and compositional dynamics of a molecular machine.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Linking together small DNAs to build more diverse DNA nanostructures.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Toward advanced nanotechnology: Working solid state molecular shuttle.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: DNA nanomachines more stable than expected in human serum and blood.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Bloodstream Nanobots. “Scientists are reporting in the ACS journal Nano Letters the development of new nanobots that can move easily through body fluids to their targets.”

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Conference Video: Bionanotechnology.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Computational nanotechnology reveals complex interactions in double-walled carbon nanotubes.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Arrays of pure semiconducting carbon nanotubes for nanoelectronics.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Preserving protein function in DNA-protein nanostructures.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Single molecule pump concentrates small molecules.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Conference video: Microscopic Reversibility: The Organizing Principle for Molecular Machines.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Conference video: Multi-Million Atom Simulations for Single Atom Transistor Structures.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: How Nanomaterials Can Help Make Fuel from Sunlight.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: UK SuperSTEM facility advances imaging and analysis of materials.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Nanoparticles shepherd DNA into cells to regulate immune response.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Nanothreads Formed From Smallest Possible Diamonds.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Science and technology roadmaps for nanotechnology.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Gold nanotubes engineered for diagnosis and therapy.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Foresight Institute Awards Feynman Prizes in Nanotechnology to Amanda S. Barnard, Joseph W. Lyding.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Flexible supercapacitor from stacked nanomaterial.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Solid-phase synthesis of custom-made DNA nanotubes.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: New scaffold for nanotechnology engineered from amyloid-like proteins.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Cotranscriptional folding of single RNA strand added to nanotechnology toolkit. “Since genetic information and the catalysis of chemical reactions are the two most basic functions of the molecular machinery of life, it is of considerable interest to explore what role RNA nanotechnology could play in developing the artificial molecular machine systems that will lead both to near term advances in various areas of nanotechnology and to the ultimate development of high-throughput atomically precise manufacturing (APM). Structural DNA nanotechnology predates RNA nanotechnology by a decade or more, and one of the key developments in building more complex nanostructures and devices from DNA has been DNA origami. So, what might we expect from last summer’s introduction of RNA origami?”

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Automated synthesis expands nanotechnology building block repertoire. “The main limitation right now is that only 200 building blocks are available that carry both the halogen and the boronate groups, so only these can be used anywhere other than the first or last building block in the chain. If several thousand new building blocks become commercially available, it may not be too much of an exaggeration to talk about 3D printing of small molecules. . . . t will no doubt take several years to see just how big, how diverse, and how complex the products of this molecule synthesizer can be. It seems reasonable to expect a huge effect on drug discovery and other practical areas. Will it contribute to the development of APM? For example, could it synthesize small diamondoid parts? Could it produce useful catalysts or other functional components to attach to a large structural DNA framework? Or perhaps components for smaller, stiffer structural frameworks?” Faster, please.

FASTER, PLEASE: Targeted nanoparticles deliver molecules to resolve atherosclerotic inflammation.

Microscopic drones which can seek outand repair sections of artery damage could signal the future of treatments for heart disease and strokes, scientists claim.

Successful tests of the nanodrones have been carried out in mice – and researchers hope to conduct the first human trials soon.

The tiny particles are 1,000 times smaller than the tip of a human hair, and are designed to latch on to atherosclerotic plaques – hard deposits made from accumulated fat, cholesterol and calcium that build up on the walls of arteries and are prone to rupture, producing dangerous clots.

Once they have attached, they release a drug derived from a natural protein which can repair damage in the body.

In the mice, scientists found that just five weeks of treatment resulted in significant repairs to artery damage while the plaques were shrunk and stabilised, making it less likely for fragments to break off and cause clots.

Fritz Fiedler and I wrote about something similar 20 years ago in our Legal Problems of Nanotechnology: An Overview, which was the first nanotechnology-related law review article ever published.

NANOTECHNOLOGY: Atomically precise manufacturing as the future of nanotechnology.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: What Will The Future Of Molecular Manufacturing Really Be Like? This really describes early-mature nanotechnology, though, not fully-developed molecular manufacturing.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Designing mechanical functions into DNA nanotechnology.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Nanotechnology making 3D transistors by directed molecular self-assembly.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Simple nanotechnology modification of alumina surface discourages bacteria.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Mixing two types of nanoparticle triggers structure change.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Adding layer to a piezoelectric nanostructure increases output voltage.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Penta-graphene a new form of carbon for chemistry and nanotechnology.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: A tunable hinge joint for DNA nanotechnology.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Structural DNA nanotechnology with programmed motions.

FASTER, PLEASE: Nanotechnology May Provide More Effective Cancer Treatment.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Piezoelectric monolayer joins toolkit for nanomanipulation.

FASTER, PLEASE: Nanotechnology And Radical Abundance.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Piezoelectric monolayer joins toolkit for nanomanipulation.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Computational framework for structural DNA nanotechnology.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Swarms of DNA nanorobots execute complex tasks in living animal.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Small molecule nanorobot walks through a protein nanopore.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: New software reveals more molecular machine structures.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Large, open protein cages designed and built.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Broadening the synthetic biology path to molecular nanotechnology.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Large, Open Protein Cages Designed And Built.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: How Nanobot Swarms Will Hunt Down Cancer Cells. Faster, please.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Nearly perfect carbon nanotubes key to energy-saving lights.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Micrometer-scale structures built from DNA bricks.

I AM, AS MOST READERS KNOW, GENERALLY A TECHNO-OPTIMIST. But mocking Elon Musk for his fears about Artificial Intelligence is silly.

The article might have interviewed James Miller for more on what Musk is talking about. Here’s my interview with Miller. Says Miller about strong AIs: “I think the default path is that they treat us horribly.” Also, “gray goo” isn’t a AI-gone-bad scenario, it’s a nanotechnology-gone-bad scenario, and a somewhat exaggerated one.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Using DNA nanotechnology to cast arbitrarily shaped nanoparticles.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: New Nanomaterial Scrubs Submarine Air.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: NSF Grant program to support nanotechnology and other infrastructure.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: DNA nanotechnology and the atoms-to-micrometer nanofabrication gap.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: A Breakthrough In 3D Imaging By EM Alone.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Tailoring the shapes of organic molecules by assembly-line synthesis.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: DNA nanotechnology and the atoms to micrometer nanofabrication gap.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Novel multifunctional nanoparticle for diagnosis and therapy. “A variety of nanoparticles have been designed for multiple nanomedical purposes. An article at presents news from UC Davis of a ‘nanoporphyrin’ platform for developing multifunctional nanoparticles based upon treelike dendrimer structures made using porphyrin, cholic acid, amino acids, and polyethylene glycol.”

MICHAEL BARONE: Large government out of place in a society based on small technology.

Civilian technology, Joel Mokyr notes, has also gone “small” — nanotechnology, genetic engineering, custom-engineered materials, “mass customization” through 3-D printing. If the Rouge plant looming over Dearborn was the iconic symbol of the industrial age, the iconic symbol of our information age is the smartphone in your pocket.

“Large” technology requires the standardization of masses of people, centralized command-and-control, conformity to social norms. Massive work forces and massive armies cannot operate optimally otherwise.

“Small” technology enables individuals to make personal choices, fashion their world to their own dimensions, deploy their own talents and pursue their interests in ways of their own choosing. Standardization yields to customization.

President Obama doesn’t seem to get this. He sees history as a story of progress from minimal government to ever-larger government. He’s only sorry that he hasn’t taken us farther on that track.

But history doesn’t proceed in a straight line; it moves around. “Large” technology made big government seem necessary in 1914. “Small” technology requires something different, something more adaptive today.

Indeed. You could almost write a book about that.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Proof of principle for nanoscale assembly line.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: DARPA announces new program on nanoscale assembly and integration.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Seeing and touching a single synthetic molecular machine.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Nanotechnology-based next generation memory nears mass production.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Biotech lab in the cloud lowers entry barrier to nanotech research.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Debating the National Nanotechnology Initiative.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: The atomically precise manufacture of quantum dots.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: These Nanoparticles Could Clot Your Blood Faster—And Save Your Life.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Robust triangular RNA brick adds to RNA nanotechnology toolkit.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Photos from 2014 Foresight Technical Conference.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Novel properties for nanotechnology rebar-graphene reinforced with carbon nanotubes.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Novel properties for nanotechnology rebar-graphene reinforced with carbon nanotubes.

DNA NANOTECHNOLOGY replicates enzyme cascade. “In another advance along this pathway to atomically precise manufacturing, researchers have arranged two enzymes on a DNA scaffold to replicate the organization of an enzyme cascade inside a cell, passing a substrate molecule from one enzyme to the next.”

I LIKE THE IDEA, BUT I DOUBT IT’S PRACTICAL WITHOUT NANOTECHNOLOGY: Solar Roadways raises $1M for solar-panel covered roads.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Expanded DNA alphabet provides more options for nanotechnology.