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  • Gina Miller
    The Nanogirl News January 26, 2008 Cancer fight could advance via thin film. Chemotherapy drugs are intended to kill the fast-growing cancer cells that
    Message 1 of 4 , Jan 26, 2008
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      The Nanogirl News
      January 26, 2008

      Cancer fight could advance via thin film. Chemotherapy drugs are intended to kill the fast-growing cancer cells that populate tumors, but the poison kills a lot of innocent bystander cells as well. Nanotech researchers who seek ways to send chemokillers where they're needed while avoiding healthy tissue had some good news last week in the form of a film so thin as to be virtually invisible. (Chicago Tribune 1.28.08)

      Scientists Make 'Perfect' Nanowires. Scientists have created silicon nanowires that are perfect-at least atomically. Down at the single-atom level, the identical wires have no bumps, bends, or other imperfections. They are perfectly crystalline, even more so than bulk silicon. The full array of nanowires is also highly parallel, and each wire is an excellent metallic conductor. (Physorg 1.23.08) http://www.physorg.com/news120313863.html

      Vision of the future: Researchers build bionic eye. Nanotech could let travelers check Net, e-mail or play games on floating display screen...University researchers reported that they have used nanotechnology manufacturing techniques to combine a flexible, biologically safe contact lens with an imprinted electronic circuit and lights. Perfecting virtual displays could mean that traveling executives could surf the Net or check their e-mail on a floating virtual display screen that only they could see. It also would mean that drivers could see their speed projected onto the windshield, or gamers could become far more immersed in their virtual worlds. (Computer World 1.25.08)http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyName=mobile_and_wireless&articleId=9059144&taxonomyId=15
      Related - you may all remember my speculative 2004 cornea computer animation:

      Nanowires hold promise for more affordable solar cells...The Department of Engineering Physics at McMaster University, Cleanfield Energy and the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) have formed a partnership to pursue the commercialization of nanowire technology in the production of solar cells. The particular type of nanowire technology developed at McMaster is able to trap more sunlight and convert it to electricity more efficiently than traditional solar cells. (Nanotechwire 1.25.08) http://nanotechwire.com/news.asp?nid=5512

      DNA 'fabricator' constructs walking DNA. The goal of being able to program biochemical reactions as precisely and easily as computers crunch numbers and process words has moved a giant step closer. A group at the California Institute of Technology, led by biomolecular engineer Niles Pierce, has created a DNA-based fabricator. This is a system that allows the team to specify a piece of DNA with a desired shape and function, and then execute a molecular program to assemble it in a test tube. As an example, they used their system to construct a piece of DNA that walks along another strip of DNA. (Newscientist 1.16.08)

      Fine print: New technique allows fast printing of microscopic electronics. A new technique for printing extraordinarily thin lines quickly over wide areas could lead to larger, less expensive and more versatile electronic displays as well new medical devices, sensors and other technologies. Solving a fundamental and long-standing quandary, chemical engineers at Princeton developed a method for shooting stable jets of electrically charged liquids from a wide nozzle. The technique, which produced lines just 100 nanometers wide (about one ten-thousandth of a millimeter), offers at least 10 times better resolution than ink-jet printing and far more speed and ease than conventional nanotechnology. (Eurekalert 1.24.08)

      Controlling Cell Behavior with Magnets. Nanoparticles allow researchers to initiate biochemical events at will. For the first time, researchers have demonstrated a means of controlling cell functions with a physical, rather than chemical, signal. Using a magnetic field to pull together tiny beads targeted to particular cell receptors, Harvard researchers made cells take up calcium, and then stop, then take it up again. Their work is the first to prove that such a level of control over cells is possible. If the approach can be used with many cell types and cell functions, it could lead to a totally new class of therapies that rely on cells themselves to make and release drugs. (Technologyreview 1.18.08)

      Nanotechnology Innovation May Revolutionize Gene Detection In A Single Cell. Scientists at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute have developed the world's first gene detection platform made up entirely from self-assembled DNA nanostructures. The results, appearing in the January 11 issue of the journal Science, could have broad implications for gene chip technology and may also revolutionize the way in which gene expression is analyzed in a single cell. (ScienceDaily 1.16.08) http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/01/080110144839.htm

      Scientists discover new method of observing interactions in nanoscale systems. Scientists have used new optical technologies to observe interactions in nanoscale systems that Heisenberg's uncertainty principle usually would prohibit, according to a study published Jan. 17 in the journal Nature. (Physorg 1.16.08)

      Artificial Viral Shells Could Be Useful Nano-Containers. Researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and The Scripps Research Institute in California are designing an artificial viral shell as a valuable nano-container for pinpoint drug delivery, molecular computing components, and a host of other applications. (Sciencedaily 1.22.08)

      Nanotechnology makes photo inscription on diamonds possible. A Silicon Valley firm has developed a new nanotechnology process that permanently inscribes high-resolution photos on any diamond or other gemstone. The unique process used by Gemory LLC, does not harm the diamond in any way, preserving its original quality and customers' memories forever. Immortalize the treasured moments of your life - any event or occasion can be preserved forever with high-resolution photo inscription from GemoryT. Events and the emotions tied to them are only temporary, but now you can maintain memories of them forever by inscribing photos on your diamond...No damage...eliminates forgery. (PR-USA 1.19.08) http://www.pr-usa.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=58771&Itemid=9

      Was Tipu's sword made using nanotechnology? Indians had the know-how for nanotechnology, one of the latest branches in science, from 18th century only, a Nobel Laureate in Chemistry said on Monday. Robert F Curl, the Nobel Laureate, said right from the 18th Century, Indians were using nanotechnology, and the sword of Tipu Sultan is one example. However, he refused to comment as to whether they were using it knowingly or unknowingly. Similarly, there are examples of the use of nanotechnology in preparing glass in Rome, he said speaking to media persons on the sidelines of a lecture. (The Hindu 12.31.07) http://www.hinduonnet.com/holnus/001200801061523.htm

      ...Nanotechnology researchers have now been able to demonstrate that semiconductor nanowires can be designed to achieve extremely large enhancements in thermoelectric efficiency. Bulk silicon is a very inefficient thermoelectric material. It conducts heat so well that is is difficult to produce a temperature difference big enough to generate any useful voltage at all. (Nanowerk 1.16.08) http://www.nanowerk.com/spotlight/spotid=4083.php

      Surprise: silicon nanotechnology turns heat into electricity. Two teams of US scientists have demonstrated silicon-based 'thermoelectric' materials that could convert waste heat back into electricity - potentially giving a boost to the efficiency of everything from power stations to refrigerators. (Nanodot 1.17.08) http://www.foresight.org/nanodot/?p=2633

      Dark, dark nanotechnology. An ideal black object absorbs all of the colors of light and reflects none of them. Researchers at Rice University have demonstrated a new concept based on a low-density nanotube array material that can be engineered to dramatically change an object's index of refraction and nanoscale roughness, hence, its optical reflection.
      An article in the Houston Chronicle puts it like this: "A scientist at Rice University has created the darkest material known to man, a carpet of carbon nanotubes that reflects only 0.045 percent of all light shined upon it. That's four times darker than the previously darkest known substance, and more than 100 times darker than the paint on a black Corvette." (Nanowerk 1.15.08) http://www.nanowerk.com/news/newsid=4074.php

      Nanotechnology improves the prospect of better treatment for brain disorders...In a recent review in the Journal of Peptide Science, Dr. Ernest Giralt from the Institute for Research in Biomedicine in Barcelona, Spain, together with Dr. Meritxell Teixidó from his group, summarized literature reports on the use of peptides and nanotechnology for the treatment and diagnosis of brain disorders, and comparing these approaches to other methods..."Over the past few decades, pharmaceutical technology has lead to the emergence of different nanosystems or nanoplatforms tailored to deliver drugs to the brain, including polymeric nanoparticles, liposomes, and solid lipid nanoparticles" Giralt tells Nanowerk. (Nanomednet 1.7.08) http://www.nano.org.uk/nanomednet/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=93&Itemid=105

      Scientists invent nanotechnology device for disease biomarker discovery. Scientists at George Mason University's Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine have invented an innovative nanotechnology tool that may lead to a dramatic improvement in treatment results for patients diagnosed with cancer or other diseases. The novel diagnostic tool is uniquely suited for the discovery of new protein biomarkers in the blood that provide sensitive and specific disease detection at the earliest stage when treatment is most effective. (Nanovip 1.14.08) http://www.nanovip.com/node/4905

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    • A. M. G. Solo
      Dear Colleagues: I would appreciate if you would share the announcement below with those who might be interested. Best regards, A. M. G. Solo Publicity Chair,
      Message 2 of 4 , Mar 1, 2008
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        Dear Colleagues:

        I would appreciate if you would share the announcement below with
        those who might be interested.

        Best regards,

        A. M. G. Solo
        Publicity Chair, CDES'08

        Extended Paper Submission Deadline: March 10, 2008

        C A L L F O R P A P E R S

        The 2008 International Conference on Computer Design

        Date and Location: July 14-17, 2008, Las Vegas, USA

        You are invited to submit a full paper for consideration.
        All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings/book.

        SCOPE: Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

        O Processor and co-processor design
        O VLSI systems design and scaling techniques
        O ASIC design and architectures
        O Arithmetic circuits + Logic and circuit design
        O Microarchitectures
        O Power-efficient computer design and power management
        O Parallel/multi-processor computer architectures
        O Innovative hardware/software architectures
        O Scheduling techniques
        O Prefetching techniques
        O Architecture simulation systems
        O Branch prediction
        O Superscalar and dataflow design
        O Interconnect and interface design
        O Performance analysis and evaluation
        O Multi-thread, multi-cluster, multi-core systems and processors
        O Benchmarking and measurements
        O Quantum computing
        O Novel design and methodologies
        O System-on-a-chip: design and methodology
        O Complexity issues
        O Cache and memory systems
        O Reliable architectures
        O Computer systems design and applications
        O High-level design methodologies
        O Support of operating systems and languages
        O Interaction between compilers and computer architectures
        O Synthesis
        O Pipelining
        O Mixed-signal design and analysis
        O Electrical/packaging designs and co-designs
        O FPGA-based design
        O Impact of novel technologies on computer architecture
        O Case studies
        O Emerging technologies

        O Topics in Nanotechnology - all areas of nanotechnology are of great interest:
        - Integration of high-performance computing in nanotechnology
        - Bio-inspired and nano-scale integrated computing
        - Material science
        - Nanodevices and nanostructures
        - Biomolecular machinery
        - Nanomaterials
        - Nanomedicine
        - Nanobiotechnology
        - Scanning probes
        - Nanoelectronics
        - Nanosensors
        - Self-assembly
        - Nanoscale structures and nanosystems
        - Biomedical engineering and nanotechnology
        - Supramolecular chemistry and technology
        - Supercomputing and nanotechnology
        - Nanotech and space exploration
        - Miniaturization of science
        - Nanotechnology and bioinformatics
        - Nanotechnology challenges
        - Case studies and emerging applications

        O Topics in Real-Time Computing and Systems:
        - Hardware software co-design
        - System-on-chip
        - Energy-aware real-time systems and applications
        - Quality of service and scheduling
        - Software engineering for real-time computing and systems
        - System design and analysis (probabilistic analysis,
        quality of service support, validation technologies,
        survivability and security, reliability issues, ...)
        - Infrastructure and hardware (embedded devices, resource
        constrained methods, time synchronization, ...)
        - Software technologies (real-time operating systems,
        middleware and distributed technologies, compiler support,
        component-based technologies, ...)
        - Fault-tolerance
        - Embedded systems and ubiquitous computing
        - Real-time network connection scheduling
        - Feed-back scheduling
        - Multiprocessor scheduling
        - Resource management
        - Scheduling algorithms and analysis
        - Real-time kernel support
        - Modeling and synthesis techniques
        - Real-time data-flow applications/computing
        - Real-time control and sensing
        - Real-time and embedded distributed algorithms and systems
        - Simulation of real-time systems
        - Multimedia and QoS support
        - Real-time middleware systems
        - Object oriented methods for real-time systems
        - Knowledge-based real-time systems
        - Algorithms and emerging applications
        - Case studies

        Web site of SWWS'08:


        CDES'08 is part of WORLDCOMP'08. WORLDCOMP is the largest annual
        gathering of researchers in computer science, computer engineering
        and applied computing; it is composed of a number of joint conferences.
        Many of these joint conferences are the premier conferences for
        presentation of advances in their respective fields. We anticipate
        to have over 2,600 attendees from over 80 countries participating in
        the 2008 event. CDES'08 will be composed of research
        presentations, keynote lectures, invited presentations, tutorials,
        panel discussions, and poster presentations.


        Prospective authors are invited to submit their full paper
        (about 5 to 7 pages - single space, font size of 10 to 12) to
        Prof. H. R. Arabnia by Mar. 10, 2008 (hra@...). email
        submissions in MS Doc or PDF formats are preferable. All reasonable
        typesetting formats are acceptable (later, the authors of accepted
        papers will be asked to follow a particular typesetting format
        to prepare their papers for publication.)

        The length of the Camera-Ready papers (if accepted) will be limited to
        7 (IEEE style) pages. Papers must not have been previously published
        or currently submitted for publication elsewhere. The first page of
        the draft paper should include: title of the paper, name, affiliation,
        postal address, and email address of each author as well as the name
        of the conference the paper is being submitted to (ie, CDES'08).
        The first page should also identify the name of the Contact Author
        and a maximum of 5 topical keywords that would best represent the
        content of the paper.

        Each paper will be refereed by two experts in the field who are
        independent of the conference program committee. The referees'
        evaluations will then be reviewed by one member of the program
        committee who will recommend a decision to the co-chairs of the track.
        The track chairs will make the final decision. Lastly, the Camera-Ready
        papers will be reviewed by one member of the program committee.


        Prof. Hamid R. Arabnia
        Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Supercomputing (Springer)
        Vice President, Int'l Society of Intelligent Biological Medicine
        The University of Georgia
        Department of Computer Science
        415 Graduate Studies Research Center
        Athens, Georgia 30602-7404, USA

        Tel: (706) 542-3480
        Fax: (706) 542-2966
        E-mail: hra@...


        CDES will be held in the Monte Carlo hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada,
        USA (with any overflows at other near-by hotels). This is a mega
        hotel with excellent conference facilities and over 3,000 rooms.
        It is minutes from the airport with 24-hour shuttle service to and
        from the airport. This hotel has many recreational attractions,
        including: spa, pools, sunning decks, Easy River, wave pool,
        lighted tennis courts, nightly shows, a number of restaurants, ...
        The negotiated room rate for conference attendees is very reasonable.
        The hotel is within walking distance from most other attractions.

        MULTICONFERENCE SPONSORS (this is a partial list):

        Academic/Technical Co-Sponsors (a partial list):

        --> Computational Biology and Functional Genomics Laboratory,
        Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
        --> International Society of Intelligent Biological Medicine
        --> Horvath Lab., University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA
        --> Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, University of Minnesota, USA
        --> Functional Genomics Laboratory, University of Illinois at
        Urbana-Champaign, USA
        --> BioMedical Informatics & Bio-Imaging Laboratory, Georgia Institute
        of Technology and Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
        --> Intelligent Data Exploration and Analysis Laboratory, University
        of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA
        --> Biomedical Cybernetics Laboratory, HST of Harvard University and
        MIT, USA
        --> Center for the Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics,
        Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
        --> Harvard Statistical Genomics and Computational Laboratory,
        Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
        --> Hawkeye Radiology Informatics, Department of Radiology,
        College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa, USA
        --> Medical Image HPC & Informatics Lab (MiHi Lab),
        University of Iowa, Iowa, USA
        --> The University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA
        --> PSU - Prince Sultan University
        --> Institute for Informatics Problems of the Russian Academy of
        Sciences, Moscow, Russia.
        --> NEMO/European Union at Institute of Discrete Mathematics and
        Geometry, TU Vienna

        Corporate Co-Sponsors (a partial list):

        --> Google, Inc.
        --> Salford Systems
        --> NIIT Technologies

        Other Co-Sponsors (a partial list):

        --> High Performance Computing for Nanotechnology (HPCNano)
        --> International Technology Institute (ITI)
        --> GridToday - enewsletter focused on Grid, SOA, Virtualization,
        Storage, Networking and Service-Oriented IT
        --> HPCwire - The Leading Source for Global News and Information
        Covering the Ecosystem of High Productivity Computing
        --> Hodges' Health (H2CM), UK


        The program committee includes members of the chapters of World
        Academy of Science (chapters: supercomputing; scientific computing;
        AI; imaging science; databases; simulation; software engineering;
        embedded systems; internet and web technologies; communications;
        computer security; and bioinformatics.) The names of the members
        of the program committee will soon be posted on the web site.
        Those interested in joining the program committee should email
        Prof. H. R. Arabnia (hra@...) the following information: Name,
        affiliation and position, complete mailing address, email address,
        tel/fax numbers, a short biography together with research interests.

        For the list of the members of program committee of CDES'07, refer to:
        Many members of the program committee include renowned leaders, scholars,
        researchers, scientists and practitioners of the highest ranks; many
        are directors of research laboratories, fellows of various societies,
        heads/chairs of departments, deans and provosts.


        March 10, 2008: Submission of papers (about 5 to 7 pages)
        April 7, 2008: Notification of acceptance
        April 28, 2008: Camera-Ready papers and Registration due
        July 14-17, 2008: The 2008 International Conference on Computer Design (CDES'08)
        URL: http://www.world-academy-of-science.org/sites/worldcomp08/ws/conferences/cdes08

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