Two points of detailed clarification on the report of the 30 September meeting:
"For example, it is now possible to study biomolecules by trapping them in nanostructures making x-ray crystallography possible."
I think this was my point and needs to be re-written a bit. What I have put in italics is unintentionally misleading. The points are (a) that trapping of biomolecules enables techniques complementary to X-rays to be employed (e.g. AFM, local optical probes); (b) some people are exploring the possible development of local X-ray sources that might allow such trapped molecules to be imaged "individually" - UK basic technology project led by Southampton; (c) maybe one could force crystallisation of unenthusiastic proteins to faciltate X-ray diffraction by using a regular, nanopatterned template surface.
"Chip dimensions have been shrinking for 4 decades (100nm transistor in production in 1988, 15nm transistor today)"
I wasn't at this but statement is misleading (and hardly a detail) too. Production devices NOW employ approx. 100 nm gate lengths. Proof of principle may have been demonstrated at 15nm but not necessarily in an economically viable way (probably uses serial e-beam lithography).
Hopefully you can feed these points in.
Professor R.E. Palmer
Nanoscale Physics Research Laboratory
School of Physics and Astronomy
The University of Birmingham