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Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2004 16:50:01 -0700

The Nanogirl News~
July 27, 2004

Indian technology fund gets $400,000 World Bank grant. A private Indian equity 
company that invests in high technology ventures said Thursday it has received a
grant of $400,000 from the World Bank to support up-and-coming companies in 
developing nations...Most of the companies will be in India, but some will be in
other developing countries. "This is the first time the World Bank has invested
in a private firm in India," Narasimhan said...Indiaco has raised $7 million to
provide initial funding for entrepreneurs in information technology, 
biotechnology, nanotechnology and energy sectors.

(HindustanTimes.com 7/15/04) 

IBM claims nano-scale imaging breakthrough. IBM has claimed a breakthrough in 
nano-scale magnetic resonance imaging by directly detecting for the first time a
faint magnetic signal from single electrons buried inside solid samples. The 
company said that the development represents a major milestone in the creation 
of a microscope that can make three-dimensional images of molecules with atomic 
resolution. (Whatpc 7/16/04) http://www.whatpc.co.uk/News/1156683

Scientists support Prince on nanotech. Tough new rules must be brought in to 
guard against dangers to health and the environment from nanotechnology, 
Britain's top scientific and engineering bodies will conclude this week. A 
weighty new joint report by the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of 
Engineering will also urge ministers and scientists to adopt a much more open 
approach to the public over the technology than it has over GM. The report, to 
be published on Thursday, marks an abrupt change of attitude by the Royal 
Society, which has been one of the principal cheerleaders for genetically 
modified crops and foods, and demonstrates how severely the scientific 
establishment has been shaken by successful public resistance to them. It also 
largely vindicates Prince Charles who, in an exclusive article for The 
Independent on Sunday two weeks ago, warned of the risks of the technology...

(Independent 7/25/04) 

The promise and perils of the nanotech revolution. Possibilities range from 
disaster to advances in medicine, space...But there have also been warnings of 
nano-machines that might race out of control, mass-replicating like bacteria and
reducing Earth's surface into what a few nanotechnologists call a "gray goo." 
Few experts take that scenario seriously, but in recent months, the less 
frightening potential health and environmental impacts of nano-gadgets have 
drawn increasing attention. The possibility that one type of nanotech -- large 
carbon molecules called fullerenes -- damages fish brains is described in this 
month's issue of Environmental Health Perspectives. (San Francisco Chronicle 

Betting big on nanotech. Nanosys IPO priced at a sales ratio not seen since 
dot-com era. Nanosys Inc., an early-stage nanotechnology company, is going 
public at a price that suggests investors are willing to bet heavily on the 
relatively unproven field. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange 
Commission, Nanosys said it will price its 6.25 million IPO shares between $15 
and $17 each. At that price range, the offering could raise as much as $106 
million and, because Nanosys will have nearly 22 million shares outstanding 
after the IPO, give the Palo Alto company a total market value as high as $371 
million. (SFGate 7/16/04)

It's a small world. A hushed office in Building 8 at MIT stands at the cutting 
edge of small things. Newly minted PhD Tim Hanlon, 27, points to a device called
the nano-indenter, and remarks, "Experiment after experiment, it never fails to
amaze me . . . and I've been working here for 4 years." A nanometer is 
one-billionth of a meter. For most of history, such minute distances, the scale 
where atoms lurk, have been invisible to humans, even though all activity in the
physical world really begins there. The nano-indenter contains a tiny diamond 
tip that can detect the resistance and friction between atoms at the nano-level.
Hanlon and his boss, MIT professor Subra Suresh, often prod the tip into 
various materials -- copper and steels, for example -- to determine how they 
might be engineered at the nano-level to become stronger and more resilient. 
(The Boston Globe 7/26/04)

(Book Review) Nanotech Goes Hollywood. A blockbuster in book form, Nano is both 
entertaining and annoyingly implausible...Reading John Marlow's Nano feels like 
watching a Hollywood blockbuster, and this is no coincidence. Not only has 
Marlow turned Nano into a screenplay that is likely to become a movie, he notes 
in the acknowledgements that suggestions on the screenplay were subsequently 
incorporated into the novel. Like many blockbusters, Nano tries to distract 
readers with weapons of mass entertainment while glossing over logic and plot 
flaws that are far from nanoscale. And so, while the book is engaging and 
introduces people to nanotech and its implications, it's also full of annoying 
improbabilities that will likely prevent those in the know from enjoying the 
(Better Humans 7/23/04)


Evolution's next stage? Transhumanists explore ways to overcome the physical and
psychological limitations of the body. Thousands of years ago a primitive man 
or woman, huddled in a squalid cave, struck sparks from a stone and created 
fire. The result was so successful that manipulating the environment to meet 
human needs became the norm, turning night into day with artificial lighting, 
taming the inhospitable effects of weather, and creating devices that reduced 
daily drudgery to mere minutes of work. (The Star 7/25/04)


Emergency Filtration Products to Commence Nano-Enhanced Filter Media Tests for 
U.S. Air Force Under the Direction of the U.S. Army RDE Command. Emergency 
Filtration Products Inc. (EFP) (OTCBB: EMFP) announces that it will commence 
testing its licensed nanotechnology-enhanced 2H filter media in conjunction with
the U.S. Air Force in mid-August 2004. This proprietary enhancement encompasses
the integration of filter media with various types of nanotechnology solutions 
for the detection of, and protection from, biological, chemical, radiological 
and explosive agents. (Business Wire 7/15/04)


Molecular Imaging Wins R+D Award for AFM Tool. Molecular Imaging is an R&D 100 
Awards winner for its new PicoTREC. The awards are sponsored by R&D Magazine and
recognize the top 100 products introduced into the marketplace during the year.
PicoTREC is the only commercially available instrument to add real-time, 
simultaneous topography and recognition imaging capability to the atomic force 
microscope (AFM). A breakthrough tool for AFM, PicoTREC allows researchers to 
pursue new avenues of discovery in all areas of nanotechnology and nanoscience. 
(Azonano 7/15/04) http://www.azonano.com/news.asp?newsID=227

USC scientist invents technique to grow superconducting and magnetic 
'nanocables'. Chongwu Zhou, an assistant professor in the USC Viterbi School of 
Engineering's Department of Electrical Engineering, is creating dense arrays of 
ultrafine wires made of magnesium oxide (MgO), each coated with uniform, 
precisely controlled layers of TMO. In the last decade, TMOs have come under 
intense investigation because they demonstrate a wide range of potentially 
highly useful properties including high-temperature superconductivity. Because 
of the great potential for applications and research, investigators have tried 
for years to create TMO nanowires, but have so far had limited success. "But now
we can supply a group of previously unavailable materials to the nanotechnology
community," Zhou said. (PhysOrg 7/15/04) http://www.physorg.com/news386.html

The Nanotechnology Industry, an estimated $961 million for FY 2004. Research and
Markets announces the addition of this new report entitled "U.S. Market & 
Industry Nanotechnology R&D and Marketing 2004" to its offerings...Financial 
trends also show accelerating interest in nanotechnology despite lingering 
effects of the US recession in 2001. In 2003, a year when a 20-year US 
unemployment record was breached, the value of a publicly traded venture capital
firm that specializes in nanotechnology investments rose from less than $3.00 
per share to more than $15.00 per share, beating the S&P 500 by some 400% 
(Harris & Harris NASDAQ:TINY). The year 2003 also saw some $304 million in 
venture capital funding for nanotechnology, a 42% increase over 2002. Although 
this represents a small portion of total venture capital funding, just over 3%, 
it is an increase over the 2% fraction in 2002. (PressWorld 7/15/04) 

Singapore scientists find new way to use animal bones for human implants. 
Singapore scientists have found a new way to process animal bones, and turn them
into scaffolds that are as good as natural bones which can be implanted 
directly into patients. Inexpensive and easily available, this bone material 
could soon replace existing material now used for bone repair. This pig's bone 
was once part of Dr Mao Pei-Lin's soup stock for her son. But it is now the 
bio-engineering scientist's research material. In the past, surgeons repaired 
broken bones by grafting human or animal bones that have been cleaned and 
purified with solvents under extreme high temperature. The problem with this 
process is - it is expensive, and the high temperature could change the original
chemical components and structure of the bone. Another problem - the solvents 
used are also highly toxic and not easily removed. To overcome these problems, 
scientists at the Institute of Bio-engineering and Nanotechnology first treat 
the bone with mild solvents. (Channelnewsasia 7/24/04)

The rise of 'Digital People'. Tales about artificial beings have sparked 
fascination and fear for centuries; now the tales are turning into reality. The 
scientists and engineers spearheading the creation of artificial beings and 
bionic people are responding to the magnetism of the technological imperative, 
the pull of a scientific problem as challenging as any imaginable...Some 
researchers now think the Turing test is not a definitive measure of machine 
intelligence. Yet it still carries weight, and now, for the first time in 
history, the means might be at hand to make beings that pass that test and 
others. Advances in a host of areas-digital electronics and computational 
technology, artificial intelligence (AI), nanotechnology, molecular biology, and
materials science, among others - enable the creation of beings that act and 
look human. (MSNBC 7/13/04) http://msnbc.msn.com/id/5386726/

Rice university CBEN wins grant for undergraduate nanotech course. Class will 
present technical aspects alongside analysis of societal impacts. The Center for
Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology at Rice University today announced 
the award of a $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop 
the first introductory nanotechnology class to be offered at Rice University, a 
research-intensive institution known worldwide for its excellence in 
nanotechnology research. The course, titled " Nanotechnology: Content and 
Context," will be offered jointly by the departments of chemistry and 
anthropology this fall. (Rice University 7/26/04)

DoD spending bill includes nanotechnology funds. Congress approved funding this 
week included in a military appropriations bill to continue nanotechnology 
research at the University of Oregon...The funding includes $2.5 million for 
research on developing environmentally-friendly nanotechnology materials and 
manufacturing processes and $2.5 million for development of miniaturized energy 
systems with broad applications, the university said. (EETimes 7/23/04)

(lengthy coverage of what nano is and the market analysis) Is Nanotechnology for
Real? Which companies will make the most of this field? So far, one has used 
nano-development to improve drug delivery -- boosting its stock price. But 
investors searching for commercial value from hundreds of other companies 
looking to improve products through this science will start down a long road.

(Motley Fool 7/23/04) 

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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