11 AM | 16 Nov

Super Human. Revolution of the Species Symposium, Melbourne 23rd and 24th Nov

Super Human: Revolution of the Species Symposium 23 – 24 November 2009 BMW Edge, Federation Square Melbourne, Australia

Due to popular demand, we are releasing single-day and half-day tickets for the Super Human symposium.

Two-day $500 / $350 Single-day $250 / $175 concession Half-day $125 / $87.50 concession

Join artistic and scientific researchers from the fields of cognition, augmentation and nanotechnology as they consider what it means to be human, now and into the future.

For the full program visit www.superhuman.org.au or select from the following:

23 November – morning session – 9.30am – 12.30pm Keynote: Barbara Maria Stafford (USA) Transparency or the New Invisibility; the Business of Making Connections Panelists: Michele Barker (AUS), Dolores Steinman (Canada), Kathryn Hoffmann (USA)

23 November – afternoon session – 1.30pm – 6.00pm Keynote: Ju Gosling (UK) Super Human Rights Panelists: Kathy Cleland (AUS), Natasha Vita-More (USA), Tina Gonsalves (AUS), Mari Velonaki (AUS), Reva Stone (Canada)

24 November – morning session – 10.00am – 12.30pm Keynote: Junichi Ushiba (Japan) Brain-Machine Interface into Virtual Worlds Panelists: Jonathan Duckworth (AUS), Danielle Wilde (AUS)

24 November – afternoon session – 1.30pm – 6.00pm Keynotes: Tami Spector (USA) Nanoaesthetics Panelists: Leah Heiss (AUS), Svenja Kratz (AUS), Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg (UK). Closing Address: Paul Brown (AUS/UK)

Visit www.superhuman.org.au for further information and ticket sales.

05 PM | 11 Jun

Researchers create nanotube memory that can store data for a billion years

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley have developed an ultra-dense memory chip that is capable of storing data for up to a billion years (besting silicon chips by roughly… a billion years). Consisting of a crystalline iron nanoparticle shuttle encased within a multiwalled carbon nanotube, the device can be written to and read from using conventional voltages already available in digital electronics today. The research was led by Alex Zettl, who notes that current digital storage methods are capable of storing mass amounts of data, but last just decades, while, say, some books have managed to last nearly a thousand years, though the amount of data they contain is quite small. The new method, called shuttle memory, is based on the iron nanoparticle which can move back and forth within the hollow nanotu. Zettl believes that, while shuttle memory is years away from practical application, it could have a lot of archival applications in the future.

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05 PM | 19 Dec

NanoArt 2009 INTERNATIONAL ONLINE COMPETITION – 3rd Edition

FREE Entries – Open to All Artists and Scientists – Nanostructures Seed Images are Provided for Further Artistic Creation Submission deadline January 15, 2009

NanoArt is a new art discipline at the art-science-technology intersections. It features nanolandscapes (molecular and atomic landscapes which are natural structures of matter at molecular and atomic scales) and nanosculptures (structures created by scientists and artists by manipulating matter at molecular and atomic scales using chemical and physical processes). These structures are visualized with powerful research tools like scanning electron microscopes and atomic force microscopes and their scientific images are captured and further processed by using different artistic techniques to convert them into artworks showcased for large audiences. To read more about NanoArt and Nanotechnology please visit www.nanoart21.org.

The worldwide competition NanoArt 2008 is open to all artists 18 years and older. The online exhibition will open for public on January 20, 2009. Judges: Jeanne Brasile, artist, director and primary curator of the Walsh Gallery at the Seton Hall University; Rocky Rawstern, artist and consultant, former editor of Nanotechnology Now, awarded with the 2005 Foresight Institute Prize in Communication. Winners will be notified and published online after March 31, 2009. The competition will be promoted on different venues online, nanoart21.org contacts, word-of-mouth. The artists could also promote the competition on their websites and other venues.

For the 2008 edition of this competition, nanoart21.org founded by artist and scientist Cris Orfescu (www.crisorfescu.com) will provide 3 high resolution monochromatic electron scans for competitors to choose from. The participating artists will have to alter the provided image(s) in any artistic way to finish the artistic-scientific process and create NanoArt work(s). The artists and scientists are strongly encouraged to participate with their own images as long as these visualize micro or nanostructures.

The artists can participate with up to 5 images (artworks). All submitted works will be exhibited on the nanoart21.org site until March 31, 2009, together with artist’s name, a short description of the artistic process, and artist’s web site and e-mail. The top 10 artists will be exhibited on nanoart21.org site for one full year and will be invited to exhibit at the 3rd edition of The International Festival of NanoArt. The previous editions of the festival were held in Finland and Germany.

For more information, please visit the competition site at http://nanoart21.org/html/nanoart_2008.html or send e-mail to 2008@nanoart21.org