University of Oregon mucky-mucks will host a conference in the PDX WTC building's auditorium this Friday, Sept 5th titled "Restoring Oregon's Economy: Business Innovation and Law". Wyden will give the 12:30 lunch time keynote talk on the Skybridge Terrace titled "Growing Oregon's Economy and the Role of Nanotechnology Funding" (BARF!) The conference requires preregistration, but don't worry...it only costs $125 to attend! Nike will be there, so will UO Pres. Dave Fronmayer and a whole bunch more people!
Nanotech (def): Nanotechnology refers to the manipulation of living and non-living matter at the level of the nanometer, one billionth of a meter. It is at this scale that quantum physics takes over from classical physics and the properties of elecments change character in novel and unpredicatable ways.
-from ETC Group's report The Big Down http://www.etcgroup.org/documents/TheBigDown.pdf
For more info on the conference, see this post about it on the website of the UO Campus News Center
And the law school's post w/ brochure at http://www.law.uoregon.edu/news/events/
For a local overview of critiques of nanotech see
For links to a series of articles published about nanotech research at the Univeristy of Oregon see
For the most in depth critique of nanotech around, see the Erosion, Technology and Concentration Group at
For the best collection of culled daily news links about nanotechnology, see