David Kirkpatrick

April 2, 2008

Nanotech news in computing, display and medicine

The latest in nanotechnology developments from KurzweilAI.net.

First up is a variant of multidimensional hypercubes to be used as part of nanocomputers.

Next is an active-matrix display created with nanowires. This tech should eventually lead to e-paper, flexible monitors and other cool display applications.

Last is a nanomachine that kills cancer cells. UCLA researchers created a “nanoimpeller” that delivers anti-cancer drugs right to the cancer cell.

Hypercubes Could Be Building Blocks of Nanocomputers
PhysOrg.com, April 1, 2008University of Oklahoma researchers have investigated a new variant of multidimensional hypercubes as computational elements of nanocomputers: the “M-hypercube,” which could provide a higher-dimensional layout to support three-dimensional integrated circuits and the quantum properties of nanocomputers.The unique structure of hypercubes provides a massively parallel, distributed processing architecture with simple, robust communication linkages, able to count single electrons, and allow for parallel computing, reversibility, locality, and a three-dimensional architecture.

M-hypercubes contain two types of nodes: state nodes, which are embedded on the vertices of the M-hypercubes; and transmission nodes, which are embedded in the middle of the links between state nodes. Each node can be turned on or off; the transmission nodes can isolate parts of the cube from other parts when in the off state.

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Engineers make first ‘active matrix’ display using nanowires
PhysOrg.com, March 31, 2008Purdue University researchers have created the first active-matrix display using a new class of transparent nanowire transistors and circuits.Future applications include e-paper, flexible color monitors, and heads-up displays embedded in car windshields.
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Nanomachine kills cancer cells
PhysOrg.com, April 1, 2008UCLA researchers have developed a “nanoimpeller” nanomachine that stores anticancer drugs inside pores and then releases them into cancer cells in response to light.They claim it’s the first light-powered nanomachine that operates inside a living cell.

The interior of the pores are coated with azobenzene, a chemical that oscillates between two different shapes upon light exposure. The amount of drug released can be precisely controlled by the light‘s intensity, excitation time and specific wavelength.
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  1. […] Sony — davidkirkpatrick @ 2:45 am I’ve blogged on flexible display technology before (such as here in the middle of three news bits) and this is some exciting news from researchers at Sony and the Max Planck […]

    Pingback by The time has come for flexi display tech « David Kirkpatrick — October 2, 2008 @ 2:45 am

  2. […] April 2, 2008 — Researchers at UCLA developed a “nanoimpeller” nanomachine that stores cancer fighting drugs for release inside cancer cells in response to light. […]

    Pingback by Cancer and nanotechnology « David Kirkpatrick — March 13, 2010 @ 4:44 pm

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