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Virtual NanoLab®

In nano on June 16, 2007 at 2:46 am

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Nanotechnology Industries Association Launch Forecast of Emerging Technologies Report

In nano on June 16, 2007 at 2:43 am

Technology foresight

The NIA is working closely with regulators and policy makers to realise the full potential of nanotechnology and secure the full economic and societal benefits through identifying and roadmapping unique areas of potential competitive advantage using nanotechnology.

NIA Forecast of Emerging Technologies

The support of an ongoing advancement of nanotechnology research, development and commercialisation is central to the NIA’s role as a key-contact point between regulators and policy makers on one hand and the growing nanotechnology industries on the other; through identifying and forecasting unique areas of potential competitive advantage using nanotechnology, the NIA helps to secure the full economic and societal benefits of this exiting field of emerging technologies.
The NIA Forecast of Emerging Technologies provides a purely industry-led forecast, which makes exclusive use of data obtained from the industrial members of the NIA, thereby delivering a clear outline of the industrial development path for nanotechnology and its advancement over the next 15 years into more complex nanomaterials, structures and systems. The forecast examines the existing opinion of the economic potential for nanotechnologies and provides a 2020-view of the emerging technologies’ impact…..

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EPSRC Nanotechnology Strategy/Senior Strategic Advisor for Nanotechnology

In nano on June 15, 2007 at 1:31 pm

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
The UK Government’s leading funding agency for research and training in engineering and the physical sciences
Strategy see here
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Virtual Immortality for Virtual Eternity

In Uncategorized on June 15, 2007 at 1:24 pm

…Now, the National Science Foundation has awarded a half-million-dollar grant to the universities of Central Florida at Orlando and Illinois at Chicago to explore how researchers might use artificial intelligence, archiving, and computer imaging to create convincing, digital versions of real people, a possible first step toward virtual immortality….
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Russian government sets up state council for nanotechnology

In nano on June 15, 2007 at 1:21 pm

MOSCOW, June 14 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian government has set up a state council for nanotechnology, to be chaired by Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov, the government’s press service said Thursday.

The resolution on the formation of the new body, which will ensure interaction between government, business and scientists in the implementation of the state policy in the spheres of nanotechnology and nano-industry,…
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Cost of solar electricity

In Uncategorized on June 15, 2007 at 1:12 pm

Boeing promises to cut the delivered price of electricity via concentrated solar to 15 cents per kilowatt hour by 2010, from an estimated 32 cents per kilowatt hour today, and to cut that price in half again by 2015. That would make solar power less expensive than electricity from the grid in much of the United States, where the average price of electricity in recent months has been about 10 cents per kilowatt hour.
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New column out: NBICS and Other Convergences: The Paralympics, the Olympics, Human Enhancement Technology and the Doping Discourse

In Disabled People on June 14, 2007 at 8:01 pm

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Craig Venter: The Bill Gates of Artificial Life?

In Uncategorized on June 14, 2007 at 12:13 pm

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“SENSOrimotor structuring of Perception and Action for emergent Cognition”

In Uncategorized on June 11, 2007 at 6:33 pm

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“The SENSOPAC project will combine machine learning techniques and modelling of biological systems to develop a machine capable of abstracting cognitive notions from sensorimotor relationships during interactions with its environment, and of generalising this knowledge to novel situations.

Through active sensing and exploratory actions the machine will discover the sensorimotor relationships and consequently learn the intrinsic structure of its interactions with the world and unravel predictive and causal relationships. Together with action policy formulation and decision making, this will underlie the machine’s abilities to create abstractions, to suggest and test hypotheses, and develop self-awareness.

The project will demonstrate how a naïve system can bootstrap its cognitive development by constructing generalization and discovering abstractions with which it can conceptualize its environment and its own self. The continuous developmental approach will combine self-supervised and reinforcement learning with motivational drives to form a truly autonomous artificial system.

Throughout the project, continuous interactions between experimentalists, theoreticians, engineers and roboticists will take place in order to coordinate the most rigorous development and testing of a complete artificial cognitive system.”
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In nano on June 10, 2007 at 4:04 pm


Genome Synthesis and Design Futures: Implications for the US Economy Report

In Uncategorized on June 10, 2007 at 2:33 am

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Programmable Artificial Cell Evolution project PACE

In nano on June 8, 2007 at 12:47 pm

The European Commission is supporting the Integrated Project PACE in its Future Emerging Technologies program that will create the foundation for a new generation of embedded IT using programmable, self-assembling artificial cells.
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Analyzing Nanoparticle Levels in Blood

In nano on June 8, 2007 at 12:40 pm

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Medoctor, Inc. Receives US Patent

In Health on June 7, 2007 at 3:01 pm
Medoctor, Inc. Receives US Patent

NAPA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Medoctor, Inc., received a US Patent
entitled: "System and Method for Determining the Probable Existence of
Disease." Medoctor's operating technology is an Internet health
assessment and personal record keeping system. Medoctor determines the
probability of disease, thereby reducing medical errors and wasteful use
of healthcare resources.

International Journal of Nanotechnology (IJNT) Special Issue on Nanotechnology in Singapore

In nano on June 7, 2007 at 2:15 pm

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Patenting Pandora’s Bug: Goodbye, Dolly…Hello, Synthia! J. Craig Venter Institute Seeks Monopoly Patents on the World’s First-Ever Human-Made Life Form

In Uncategorized on June 7, 2007 at 2:11 pm

ETC Group Will Challenge Patents on “Synthia” – Original Syn Organism Created in Laboratory

Ten years after Dolly the cloned sheep made her stunning debut, the J. Craig Venter Institute is applying for a patent on a new biological bombshell – the world’s first-ever human-made species. The novel bacterium is made entirely with synthetic DNA in the laboratory.

The Venter Institute – named for its founder and CEO, J. Craig Venter, the scientist who led the private sector race to map the Human Genome – is applying for worldwide patents on what they refer to as “Mycoplasma laboratorium.” In the tradition of ‘Dolly,’ ETC has nicknamed this synthetic organism (or ‘syn’) ‘Synthia.’….
In Vivo, In Vitro, In-Venter? Published on May 31, 2007, the Venter Institute’s US Patent application (number 20070122826) claims exclusive ownership of a set of essential genes and a synthetic “free-living organism that can grow and replicate” that is made using those genes. The Venter Institute has also filed an international patent application at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO number WO2007047148, published April 27, 2007) which names more than 100 countries where it may seek monopoly patents…..

The patent application is also a wake-up call to synthetic biologists who are advocating for “open source” biology – the idea that the fundamental tools and components of synthetic biology should be freely accessible to researchers……

Syn of Omission? Synthetic biologists may also be dismayed to learn that Synthia is being patented for what it is not. The patent application explains that the inventors arrived at their minimal genome by determining which genes are essential and which are not. Remarkably, their patent application claims any synthetically-constructed organism that lacks at least 55 of 101 genes that they’ve determined are non-essential. “All synthetic biologists developing functionalized microbes are going to have to pay close attention to the claim on a ‘non-essential’ set of genes……

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Draft Law on Nanotechnology Corporation Submitted to Duma

In nano on June 7, 2007 at 2:06 pm

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A draft law has been submitted to the State Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament, authorizing the creation of a state-run nanotechnology corporation that will “seek to implement scientific, technological and innovation policies, and facilitate the introduction of cutting-edge technologies in Russia, the development of innovative infrastructure, and the implementation of nanotechnology and nanoindustry projects”.
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Economic Development Organization Forms Nanotechnology Unit

In nano on June 6, 2007 at 1:13 pm

The working party, proposed by the U.S. delegation during an October 2005 meeting in Paris, was formed in March by the 30-member Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The party is part of the OECD Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy, which addresses issues such as research financing, innovation, intellectual property rights and international science cooperation.

The party’s mission is to advise the OECD on nanotech issues and promote cooperation among participating countries on policy issues of science, technology and innovation related to responsible nanotechnology development. According to Robert Rudnitsky, a physicist in the Office of Space and Advanced Technology at the U.S. Department of State and chair of the working party, the initial program of work targets specific activities:
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Agriculture and food workers question nanotechnology

In nano on June 5, 2007 at 6:45 pm

A paper (“Agriculture and food workers question nanotechnologies. The IUF resolution”; , authored by Guillermo Foladori and Noela Invernizzi, with a detailed discussion of the IUF resolution can be found on the website of the Latin American Nanotechnology & Society Network. The resolution on nanotechnology (in Spanish) is posted on the UITA website.

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National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) blue sky exercise

In Uncategorized on June 4, 2007 at 3:01 pm

The NINDS seeks input on the following questions from academic and industrial neuroscience researchers, clinicians, patient groups, and any other members of the public with significant interest in the future of neuroscience. Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and clinical fellows, who represent the future of neuroscience research, are especially encouraged to respond. To participate: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/about_ninds/plans/strategic_plan/blue_sky_vision.htm. The deadline for responding is: August 31, 2007.


Joseph J. Pancrazio, PhD

Program Director, Repair & Plasticity

National Institutes of Health, NINDS

6001 Executive Blvd, NSC 2205

Rockville, MD 20852

tel: 301-496-1447

fax: 301-480-1080

e-mail: pancrazj@ninds.nih.gov