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NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Silicon Nanoparticles Provide Biocompatible Solution to Cancer Detection and Treatment.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Another powerful nanoengine remembered.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Simulation of quantum entanglement with subsurface dopant atoms.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Protein design provides a novel metabolic path for carbon fixation.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Protein design provides a novel metabolic path for carbon fixation.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Powerful nanoengine built from coated nanoparticles.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Triple helices stabilize macroscopic crystals for DNA nanotechnology.

FASTER, PLEASE: Scientists Discover Nanotechnology Coating That Can Kill 99.9 Percent Of Superbugs.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Filtering Drinking Water With Nanofibers.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: The Single-Atom Engine Is A Reality, And It Works. “The engine has the same working principles as the well-known [combustion] car engine.”

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Five ionized atoms provide scalable implementation of quantum computation algorithm.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: DNA nanotechnology defeats drug resistance in cancer cells.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Nanotechnologies to advance solar energy utilization.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Caltech celebrates ten years of Scaffolded DNA Origami.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Crowd-sourced RNA structure design uncovers new insights.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Will medical 3D printing advance nanotechnology?

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Tightly-fitted DNA parts form dynamic nanomachine.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Tightly-fitted DNA parts form dynamic nanomachine.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Researchers Seek Source of Frequency Fluctuations in Nanoresonators.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Improving crystallographic resolution through using less perfect crystals.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: DNA nanotechnology provides new ways to arrange nanoparticles into crystal lattices.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: DNA nanotechnology cages localize and optimize enzymatic reactions. “The technique involves the design of specialized, nanometer-scale cages, which self-assemble from lengths of DNA. The cages hold enzyme and substrate in close proximity, considerably accelerating the rate of reactions and shielding them from degradation.”

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Roles of materials research and polymer chemistry in developing nanotechnology.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Multiple advances in de novo protein design and prediction.

FASTER, PLEASE: Supercapacitor On-a-Chip Now One Step Closer.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Rational design of protein architectures not found in nature.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: De novo protein design space extends far beyond biology.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Conference video: Nanoscale Materials, Devices, and Processing Predicted from First Principles.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Laser-Driven “Bubble Pen” Patterns Nanoparticles.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Conference video: Nanoscale Materials, Devices, and Processing Predicted from First Principles.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Molecular arm grabs, transports, releases molecular cargo.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: DNA nanotechnology controls which molecules enter cells.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Molecular arm grabs, transports, releases molecular cargo.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: “Printing Press” Method Stamps Out Gold Nanoparticles With New Properties.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Electron tomography reveals precise positions of individual atoms in aperiodic material.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Inexpensive transparent conductors from correlated metal nanostructures.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Active and reversible control of nanoparticle optical properties.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Rolling DNA-based motors increase nano-walker speeds 1000-fold.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Octopodal nanoparticles combine catalytic, plasmonic functions.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Novel nanoconjugate delivers synergistic combination of microRNAs to treat cancer.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Ultrasensitive microRNA assay with nanosensor to detect cancer.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: A Single-molecule light-driven nanosubmarine.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Atomic precision in sculpting 3-D objects. Nice that it’s happening at Oak Ridge, where there’s actually a lot of interesting stuff going on.


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.

UPDATE: Link fixed.

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.