Pauling Memorial Lecture, Portland Oregon

November 16, 2013

After touching base here at Oxford, I’m off to give a Linus Pauling Memorial Lecture in Portland Oregon (7pm Wednesday, November 20th). Linus Pauling helped to found the fields of quantum chemistry and molecular biology, and he received the 1954 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his fundamental work on the nature of the chemical bond. […]

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Speaking in Seoul

November 12, 2013

Evening style I’ll giving the keynote talk at this year’s Tech Plus Forum in Seoul on Thursday morning, following the opening remarks by the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy. The Tech Plus Forum has previously drawn up to 8000 participants and is organized by the Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology, cosponsored by the […]

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XKCD answers the questions

November 11, 2013

Looks about right.

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It’s official: “Nano” now means materials

November 11, 2013

From “About this journal”: Nano Research…focuses on all aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology…ranging from…materials to…materials.”[edited for maximal snark] Here’s the full paragraph: Nano Research is a peer-reviewed, international and interdisciplinary research journal that focuses on all aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Submissions are solicited in all topical areas, ranging from basic aspects of the science […]

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What Aristotle can teach us
about nanotechnology

November 7, 2013

What is “nanotechnology”? There has been enormous confusion, and Aristotle can help to cut through the tangle: …[a] distinction must be drawn; the instruments commonly so called are instruments of production, whilst a possession is an instrument of action. [In weaving, for example,] the shuttle…is not only of use; but something else is made by […]

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Atomic precision or atomically precise design?

November 6, 2013

Why is foldamer engineering a key to unlocking the potential of atomically precise engineering? The reason is that foldamers (polypeptides, polypeptoids, nucleic acids, and the like) form a modular construction kit for a vast, combinatorial range of structures, while most other atomically precise constructs do not. Consider a recent surprising discovery in the world of […]

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Four Revolutions Compared: Agriculture, Industry, Information, and APM

November 4, 2013

The following table is excerpted from the new report, NANO: Nano-Solutions for the 21st Century (the full report is available from the Oxford Martin School here). “HT-APM” refers to high-throughput atomically precise manufacturing, a critical development on the horizon of advanced nanotechnology. The Agricultural Revolution Provided new means of producing food and materials by exploiting […]

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Serverification of molecular engineering tools

November 3, 2013

If you’re interested in RosettaDesign (see Learning practical atomically precise fabrication and Further notes…), you might want to look at this PLOS ONE paper: Serverification of Molecular Modeling Applications: The Rosetta Online Server That Includes Everyone (ROSIE) …This paper describes the ROSIE server infrastructure, a step-by-step ‘serverification’ protocol for use by Rosetta developers, and the […]

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One weird new tip for doubling page views

November 1, 2013

Suffer a service outage, and double your blog’s page views! Your mileage may vary. (I suspect a path-dependent oddity in Google’s ranking algorithm.)

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Further notes on Rosetta, RosettaDesign
— and Rosie

October 31, 2013

In “Learning practical atomically precise fabrication”, I blogged a paper on the Rosetta software suite for protein modeling and design (you might want to skip quickly to page 2993, “Protein Design”). I’ve also done a guest post, “Macromolecular Modeling for Molecular Systems Engineering” for the Rosetta Design Group’s blog, and that post offers a deeper […]

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Climate reporting: Spot the difference?

October 31, 2013

BBC, October 31, 2013, 9:19 AM: BBC RSS-feed headline: “Decline in CO2 may be ‘permanent’” The BBC article’s headline: “Report suggests ‘permanent slowdown’ in CO2 emissions” The article’s lead sentence: “Global emissions of carbon dioxide may be showing the first signs of a “permanent slowdown” in the rate of increase.” From the article’s closing sentence: […]

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Learning practical atomically precise fabrication

October 30, 2013

If you’d like to learn about (and perhaps help advance) the state of the art in fabricating intricate, nanoscale, atomically precise objects, you might want to examine this paper: Practically Useful: What the ROSETTA Protein Modeling Suite Can Do for You (open-access pdf). The materials are peptide polymers, a diverse class of materials that can […]

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