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Date: Sun, 2 Nov 2003 19:07:48 -0800

The Nanogirl News
November 2, 2003

Intel Funds Nanotechnology Project For Early Disease Detection. Intel Funds
Project For Early Disease Detection. Intel Corporation and the Fred
Hutchinson Cancer
Research Center today announced a collaborative research effort to apply
Intel's expertise
in nanotechnology to develop improved methods of studying, diagnosing and
preventing cancer.
The announcement was made at the BioSilico Seminar, held at Stanford
(SpaceDaily 10/24/03) http://www.spacedaily.com/news/spacemedicine-03zb.html

A nanotechnology report attached to a Bush administration supplemental
budget request touts
the technology as the next big thing in areas like data storage, sensors and
The Bush administration requested $849 million for nanotechnology research
in its fiscal
2004 budget request. The total includes about 14 government agencies
participating in the
National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI).
(EETimes 10/17/03) http://www.eet.com/at/n/news/OEG20031017S0053

Tiny Robots to Stronger Steel, Caterpillar Scientist Touts Nano. It's a
small world, after
all. That's not just a song or theme park ride but the wave of future
Nanotechnology is work done at the molecular level that creates new
structures and functions.
And it's now attracting millions of dollars in government funding around the
world, said
Larry Seitzman, a materials scientist with Caterpillar Inc. Seitzman
addressed 100 people
Friday afternoon at the Downtown Peoria Public Library branch in the latest
in a series of
monthly science presentations put on by Peoria NEXT, the central Illinois
consortium that
includes local hospitals, universities, businesses and the agriculture lab.
(SmallTimes 10/31/03)

First large scale release of nanotechnology product into the environment
provokes concern.
An international action group has expressed its concern following the
largest environmental
release to date of a product created using nanotechnology. A solution
intended to prevent
erosion has been sprayed on 1,400 acres of Taos Pueblo Native Indian land in
the US after a
fire destroyed 5,000 acres in an area which is considered sacred by the
First Nations
community. The fire left the mountainside exposed to erosion and threatened
the community's
water source. Aerosolised and dropped from helicopters, the product causes
silicate particles
 to self-assemble in the presence of water, forming a crystal matrix. This
acts as a mulch,
preventing erosion while allowing seeds that have been added to the mix to
themselves in the soil. The ETC (erosion, technology and concentration)
group are concerned
that a novel nanotechnology product has been released into the environment
without any
investigation into potential consequences. (Cordis 10/31/03)

Researchers Create 'Supersized' Molecule Of DNA. Scientists at Stanford
University have
created an expanded molecule of DNA with a double helix wider than any found
in nature.
Besides being more heat resistant than natural DNA, the new version glows in
the dark -
a property that could prove useful in detecting genetic defects in humans. A
description of
the molecule, dubbed ''xDNA,'' is published in the Oct. 31 issue of the
journal Science.
''We've designed a genetic system that's completely new and unlike any
living system on Earth,
'' said Eric T. Kool, a professor of chemistry at Stanford and co-author of
the Science
study. ''Unlike natural DNA, our expanded molecule is fluorescent and is
considerably more
stable when subjected to higher temperatures.'' (ScienceDaily 10/31/03)

The Travels of An Exciton. Researchers have tracked their first exciton. A
team reports in
the 24 October PRL that they imaged the wave-like motion of the particle,
which is essential
to the operation of lasers in CD players and grocery scanners. They detected
the light of a
single trapped exciton and distinguished it from that of a double-particle
called a
biexciton. The technique may be used in the future to view the wave nature
of other nanoscale
particles. (Physical Review Focus 10/24/03)

Foresight at Pop!Tech 2003. Foresight President Christine Peterson's talk at
Pop!Tech 2003,
a conference held Oct. 16-19 in Camden, Maine, on "The Impact of Technology
on People",
presented Foresight's view on the "Sea Change" to be brought by
technological transformation
over the coming decades. She was quoted on the importance of investment in
molecular nanotechnology (recently termed "zettatechnology") for the sake of
curing diseases,
safe-guarding security, protecting the environment, and easily traveling in
(Nanodot 10/30/03)

Nanomotors realize visionary's dream. One of the ambitions of
nanotechnology, building motors
on a molecular scale, has been realized by scientists in America.
Researchers at Berkeley at
the University of California created the world's smallest electrical device
earlier this year
- one hundred million of which could fit on the end of a pin...The motors -
the work of
Berkeley researchers Alex Zettl and Adam Fennimore - were built using a
atom-fine point of a
nano-probe, inserting the circuits into place on a silicon chip. The motor
sits in the middle
of a silicon chip four millimetres square. The motor itself is much, much
smaller - the shaft
is a half a tenth of a thousandth of a millimetre thick. (BBCNews 10/30/03)

Science plans 'non-stick' submarine. US nanotechnologists are developing
what they think
could be the ultimate non-stick surface. It is covered with nano-scale
needles that enable
a liquid, for example, to slip straight off it. One application could be
non-stick submarines
which would glide through the water with much less resistance and require
less force and fuel
to propel them...-other applications discussed:-Water hating...Expensive
inspiration...Rescue robots. (BBC 10/10/03)

Nanomedicine Vital to Finding a Cancer Cure. The new science of nanomedicine
is advancing
faster than even experts had expected and many predict the technology will
play a vital role
in achieving the federal government's stated goal of eliminating suffering
and death from
cancer by 2015. "Basically, without nanotechnology, it would be impossible
to address this
issue," Mihail C. Roco, senior advisor for nanotechnology at the National
Science Foundation,
told United Press International. Roco also serves as chair of the National
Science and
Technology Council's subcommittee on Nanoscale Science, Engineering and
(The SmallTimes 10/10/03)

Microscopic cracks spoil the transparency of glass, nano-researchers find.
The cloudy look on
cleaned glass is scattered light, not streaks of dirt. A fundamental
discovery about the
behavior of cooling glass could have a significant impact on the glass- and
industries, say researchers at Lehigh University. Himanshu Jain, Diamond
chair and professor
of materials science and engineering at Lehigh, says the breakthrough was
made possible by a
combination of nanoscopic science and an old-fashioned kitchen recipe.
(Eurekalert 10/10/03)

Doctor Tests Gold in Fighting Cancer. An Arkansas doctor is trying to find a
safe and
efficient way to target cancerous cells using flecks of gold that are only
nanometers wide.
It could set a new standard for breast cancer therapy. Dr. Vladimir Zharov,
a biomedical
engineer and director of laser research at the University of Arkansas for
Medical Sciences,
won a $106,500 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense Breast Cancer
Research Program, to
study the treatment concept. The concept is still unproven, but preliminary
tests have shown
the gold "nanoparticles" could interact with laser radiation to destroy only
the targeted
cells, without collateral damage to healthy cells, Zharov said. (Newsday

Enough Already By Ronald Bailey at Reason Online. A leading environmentalist
makes a foolish
case against technological innovation. Enough: Staying Human in an
Engineered Age, by Bill
McKibben, New York: Times Books, 288 pages, $25. Environmentalist Bill
McKibben has had
enough, and he thinks you've had enough too. That's why he wants to stop the
development of
biotechnology, nanotechnology, and robotics in their tracks. McKibben fears
that, if
unchecked, these technologies will transform human life ruinously. "These
are the most
anti-choice technologies anyone's ever thought of," he insists (the emphasis
is his). "In
widespread use, they will first rob parents of their liberty, and then strip
freedom from
every generation that follows. In the end, they will destroy forever the
possibility of
meaningful choice." That claim is not only complete nonsense, it is exactly
According to McKibben, science and technology have long been destroying
human meaning.
"Meaning has been in decline for a very long time, almost since the start of
he asserts. In his neo-Romantic view, humanity once lived in an enchanted
world in which every
rock, tree, cloud, or bird was imbued with spirit and intention. Our
ancestors' theory of
the natural world was that objects and creatures behaved much as they
themselves did.
(Reason online 10/03) http://www.reason.com/0310/cr.rb.enough.shtml

Foresight Institute Awards Feynman Prizes in Nanotechnology.  The Foresight
Institute, a
nonprofit nanotech think tank, awarded its 2003 Feynman Prizes in
Nanotechnology Saturday to
University of California, Berkeley researchers Steven Louie and Marvin
Cohen, and University
of California, Los Angeles researcher Carlo Montemagno. (SmallTimes

Process Prints Nanoparticles. One of the challenges of nanotechnology is
finding ways to
position the minuscule building blocks that make up microscopic electronics
and machines.
Researchers from the University of Minnesota have coaxed tiny particles of
gold, silver and
carbon to assemble into patterns on silicon wafers over areas as large as a
square centimeter
by using electrical charge patterns to attract and position the
(Technology Review 10/14/03)

Nanotech breakthrough shows how brain cells chatter. French scientists using
an innovative
microscopic scanning technique say they have discovered that nerve cells
almost buzz with
molecular agitation when they communicate with each other. The work sheds
light on how cells
operate at the synapse -- the minute gap between neurons, as nerve cells are
communicate by sending chemical signals across the synapse, which then latch
on to specific
targets, known as receptors, on the membrane of the adjoining cell.
(HindustanTimes 10/17/03)

UD develops nanotechnology professorship. The University of Dayton is
looking for someone
with big ideas about little things. The school, in conjunction with local
development and
military officials, wants to find a nationally recognized expert in
nanotechnology for a
newly created professorship. Nanotechnology is the science of constructing
new materials
with dimensions about the size of five to 10 atoms. The technology could
lead to tiny, fast
transistors and the strongest, lightest materials ever made. UD, the Dayton
Coalition and the U.S. Air Force today unveiled their plans to endow the
school's Wright
Brothers Institute Endowed Chair in Nanomaterials. (Dayton Business Journal

TSU plans online nanotech magazine. San Marcos-based Texas State University
plans to issue
an online magazine early next year targeting scientists and other
professionals in the
nanotechnology field. (Austin Business Journal 10/17/03)

Some scientists see cryonics' potential. Most scientists scoff at the idea
of freezing the
dead and reviving them years after their hearts stop beating. They see it as
a sign that
some people will grasp at anything that offers the smallest shot at
immortality. But several
prominent experts say surviving cryonics is not only possible, it's
probable. The debate,
they insist, is in the details. (The Arizona Republic 10/20/03)
-Also see this Dr. Jerry Lemler of Alcor article: Doubters don't faze
Alcor's president.

Toxic Molecules Threat from Nanotechnology, Expert Claims. Expert Professor
Ken Donaldson
said tiny particles in diesel soot, boot polish, tires and photocopier toner
were already
implicated in lung damage. Nanotechnology threatens to generate new hazards
in the form of
toxic molecules that can enter the lungs, it was claimed today. (Scotsman
-Also see: SmallTimes:

Tiny springs. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have
developed a new class
of nanometre-scale structures that spontaneously form helical shapes from
long ribbon-like
single crystals of zinc oxide (ZnO). Just 10 to 60 nanometres wide and 5-20
nanometres thick
- but up to several millimetres long - the new structures, dubbed
nanosprings, have
piezoelectric and electrostatic polarisation properties that could make them
useful in
small-scale sensing and micro-system applications.
(e4Engineering 10/21/03)

Motorola Labs Developing Ways to Grow Carbon Nanotubes for Faster, Smaller
Scientists at Motorola Labs are researching ways to improve control in the
growth of carbon
nanotubes (CNTs) that can make transistors smaller and faster and
detectors ultra-sensitive. (Yahoo 10/21/03)

Nanophase Technologies Announces New Web Site Launch.
<http://wwww.nanophase.com .

Magnetic barcodes could provide counterfeit-proof tagging. Barcodes peppered
with magnetic
particles millionths of a millimetre across could mark out fake goods and
Russell Cowburn of the University of Durham, UK, presented the new
technology at a conference on nanotechnology in crime prevention and
detection in London
this week. (nature 10/30/03) http://www.nature.com/nsu/031027/031027-7.html

I hope you all had a spooky but safe Hallow's Eve!

Gina "Nanogirl" Miller
Nanotechnology Industries
Personal: http://www.nanogirl.com
Foresight Senior Associate http://www.foresight.org
Nanotechnology Advisor Extropy Institute  http://www.extropy.org
Tech-Aid Advisor http://www.tech-aid.info/t/all-about.html

"Nanotechnology: Solutions for the future."

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