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One-dimensional nanowires are the world’s thinnest, at one atom wide Researchers at Cambridge and the University of Warwick have jumped ahead to the logical endpoint of Moore’s Law and shrunk wires down to a string of single atoms. Effectively one dimensional, these “extreme nanowires” are made of tellurium, compressed inside carbon nanotubes to keep them stable.
This new device can hear the actual sounds made by individual cells – ScienceAlert Listen to cells turning cancerous.
The future of sensory technology | MIT News SENSE.nano will debut May 25-26, marking the first “center of excellence” powered by MIT.nano, the 214,000 square-foot research facility taking shape in the heart of MIT campus. The center will empower people in the MIT community, engage industry leaders, and educate the public about nanoscience and nanotechnology.
Speeding up quality control for biologics | MIT News MIT engineers have devised a way to analyze biologics as they are being produced, which could lead to faster and more efficient safety tests for such drugs.
Coating could let grease slide off your clothes – Futurity Scientists say their new coating gives fabrics oleophobicity—resistance to oil—while being friendlier to the environment.
Scientists just created two brand-new magnetic materials – ScienceAlert Number crunching for magnet making.
To recycle old gadgets, crush them into nanodust – Futurity Using a low-temperature cryo-mill to pulverize e-waste could be more eco-friendly than the current options—landfills and incinerators.
4 Ways Scientists Hope Nanobots Will Make You Healthier | RealClearFuture 4 Ways Scientists Hope Nanobots Will Make You Healthier | RealClearFuture
3D manufacturing method enables precise nanoscale 3D printing for first time – Factor
Nanofiber matrix sends stem cells sprawling in all directions Recent scientific advances have given stem cell production a much-needed boost. The latest breakthrough in the area comes from Japanese researchers who have developed a nanofiber matrix for culturing human stem cells that improves on current techniques. ​​
Super-thin electrical wires are made from tiny diamond bits At just three atoms wide, scientists from Stanford University and the SLAC laboratory say they’ve created the world’s thinnest nanowire assembled from diamondoids. The researchers believe that the new wire could be useful in a range of applications including energy-generating materials.
Nanoparticles May Bring an End to Death by Venomous Snakes A team of scientists engineered a nanoparticle to help remove the toxins found in a wide variety of snake bites. This could impact the estimated 4.5 million people who are bitten by snakes each year, and the 100,000 who die from the venom.
The ‘Miracle Material’ Strikes Again. Graphene Can Turn CO2 Into Liquid Fuel Scientists have discovered that “doping” graphene with nitrogen allows it to be an efficient electrocatalyst which can convert environmentally harmful CO2 into useful fuels. The technology is far from being ready for large scale application, yet the research is useful in the development of new catalysts that could provide a variety of useful applications in the future.
Science Nonfiction – Super Materials Technologies that once only existed in science fiction are showing up in our homes, cars, and workplaces. Here’s to the new possible.
Now We Can See Inside Cells at a Nanoscale Yale’s new nanoscope can see the structures *inside* cells.
“Programmable” cement particles make for stronger concrete Although we’ve been using concrete for hundreds of years, the recipe can always use some improvement. Researchers at Rice University have found a way to “program” cement particles into specific shapes in order to make concrete that’s stronger, less porous, and more environmentally friendly.
Nanocrystals may bring night vision to normal glasses Night vision goggles help the human eye see in the dark, but the devices are bulky, requiring several layers of lenses and plenty of power. But thanks to research from ANU, a new type of nanocrystal could grant night vision powers to a standard pair of specs, without adding any weight.
Researchers discover a totally unexpected behaviour of water inside carbon nanotubes – ScienceAlert Water does very strange things in small spaces.
This Band-Aid Can Mimic Human Skin It’s made of a conductive nanowire mesh embedded inside a thin layer of elastomer.
New Apple Patent Shows a Bendable iPhone Using Carbon Nanotubes Apple just received a patent for carbon nanotube circuits that would allow for flexible electronic devices, which is good news for the more than 63 million iPhone users globally. This tech could allow a device to bend even through the display itself, without damaging the circuitry.
Nano-kebab fabric blasts chemical warfare agents Scientists have developed a fabric that not only blocks chemical warfare agents, but actively breaks them down, something they say is a step up on currently available technologies.
Nanotube ‘forest’ snags viruses in its trunks – Futurity “The device we have developed allows us to selectively trap and concentrate viruses by their size…in incredibly dilute samples,” says Mauricio Terrones.
A New Molecular Structure Could Help Us Deal With Nuclear Waste Researchers have developed a “supramolecule” born of two negatively charged molecules, defying the 250-year-old Coulomb’s law. The technique used to create the “supramolecule” could strip sulfate molecules from nuclear waste to help protect water from contamination.
Vidre-Slide provides clear example of cutting-edge glass A 9-m (29.5-ft) long slide is claimed to be the first made entirely out of single pieces of glass. The Vidre-Slide comprises two half-cylindrical sections bonded together with structural silicone. Not only does it demonstrate cutting-edge glass technology, but the result is a striking work of art.
Mind-Controlled Nanobots Used to Release Chemicals in Living Cockroaches
Etching tech bonds metal to metal – or anything else As any good metallurgist will tell you, you can’t just take any two types of metal and weld them together. You may instead be able to just join them together with glue, however, thanks to an electro-chemical etching process being developed at Germany’s Kiel University.
1 second in the microwave makes high-quality graphene – Futurity Engineers have found a simple method for producing high-quality graphene: bake the compound in a microwave oven.
Scientists Made Nanorobots That Can Release Drugs in The Body Using Mind-Control Scientists designed injectable nanobots and are testing them on cockroaches. The technology controls the release of drugs needed for the brain using EEG controlled electromagnets. The technique could help fight a host of brain disorder.
How Nanotech Will Lead to a Better Future for Us All
Nano-sized conductive wires built by bacteria Over the years, the ONR has produced some impressive innovations, from unmanned sub-chasing ships to self-healing paint for armored vehicles. Now, it’s turned its attention towards producing new electrical materials, looking to nature for inspiration.
This cheap material can purify dirty water and make it safe to drink – ScienceAlert Graphene power.
Graphene-based sheets make dirty water drinkable simply and cheaply Engineers at the Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) have developed graphene-based biofoam sheets that can be laid on dirty or salty dams and ponds to produce clean drinking water, using the power of the sun.
How to build a nanomachine that detects Ebola – Futurity A very tiny machine can detect a mockup of Ebola. How tiny is it? About 40 billion would fit in a drop of water.
The World’s First Self-Cleaning Metal Repels Water And Dirt Surface properties of the lotus leaf inspired researchers to develop a method of manufacturing fluid-repellent surfaces. This method is 156 times faster than previous methods.
Glowing tags make nano-submarines easier to track – Futurity Nanosubmarines just got an upgrade—a lasting glow that lets scientists track “the fastest-moving molecules ever seen in solution.”
Nanorobots: Where We Are Today and Why Their Future Has Amazing Potential
How Scientists Are Hacking Biology to Build at the Molecular Scale
Cambridge Makes World’s Smallest Engine, And It’s Tiny Enough to Enter Cells Researchers have designed a minuscule engine out of gold nanoparticles; it uses “Van der Waals energy” to power a tiny motor that may be the answer to building functional machines at the nanoscale.
A Nanothermometer Thinner Than Hair Made With Programmable DNA Researchers from the University of Montreal have constructed a 5 nanometer wide DNA nanothermometer that could lead to measuring temperature for nanotechnologies.
Scientists Use Nanoparticles to Create a ‘Universal Treatment’ for Allergies A new approach to treating allergies could could not only prevent them, but also strengthen the body’s immune system.
Watch nanotubes self-assemble into tiny wires – Futurity “It is such a stunning thing to watch these nanotubes come alive and stitch themselves into wires on the other side of the room,” says Paul Cherukuri.
First Direct Proof of Stable Carbyne, The World’s Strongest Material Scientists have managed to develop a novel method to grow stable, ultra-long 1D carbon chains of a material that is twice as strong as carbon nanotubes and far stronger than diamonds.
Scientists Discovered How to Make Nanotubes That Assemble Themselves Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have discovered a family of nature-inspired polymers that, when placed in water, spontaneously assemble into hollow crystalline nanotubes.
Nanoparticle Treatment Eliminates Metastatic Cancer In Mice Scientists were able to target metastatic tumors in mice by encapsulating doxorubicin, a traditional cancer drug agent, within silicon particles. The method is able to specifically target tumors in the liver and the lungs.
A Material That’s Better Than Graphene? Scientists Say They’ve Found it Scientists are asserting that this new discovery could potentially upstage the world’s greatest wonder material, graphene.
Meet the Optical Switch That is Just a Single Atom Thick New technology may someday make it possible to transmit data using a switch the size of a single atom.
 Novel nanotechnology technique makes table-top production of flat optics a reality
Watching electrons cool in 30 quadrillionths of a second: Technique developed by researchers could have applications in visual displays, solar cells and photodetectors — ScienceDaily Scientists have developed a new way of seeing electrons cool off in an extremely short time period.” id=”metasummary
Nanodevice, build thyself: How a multitude of electronic interactions govern the encounter between a molecule called porphine and copper and silver surfaces — ScienceDaily
Microbots individually controlled using ‘mini force fields’ — ScienceDaily Researchers are using a technology likened to ‘mini force fields’ to independently control individual microrobots operating within groups, an advance aimed at using the tiny machines in areas including manufacturing and medicine.” id=”metasummary
 Mechanical properties of nanomaterials are altered due to electric field
New micro-electromechanical techniques show promise – OFweek News Micro-electromechanical systems – or MEMS – were a $12bn business in 2014. However, that market is dominated by just a handful of devices, such as the accelerometers that reorient the screens of most smartphones.
 Exceptionally strong and lightweight new metal
Magnesium infused with dense silicon carbide nanoparticles could be used for airplanes, cars, mobile electronics and more – MIT researchers use 3D printing to produce MEMS at one-hundredth usual costThese MEMS can be produced at one-hundredth the cost of a market alternative with no loss of quality.
How nanoparticles give electrons awayScientists have now succeeded in counting the number of elementary charges that are lost by a platinum nanoparticle when it is placed onto a typical oxide support. 
 Heat radiates 10,000 times faster at the nanoscale

When heat travels between two objects that aren’t touching, it flows differently at the smallest scales — distances on the order of the diameter of DNA, or 1/50,000 of a human hair.

 Shaking the nanomaterials out: New method to purify contaminated water
Near zero friction from nanoscale lubricants — ScienceDaily Friction hampers the movement of all mechanical parts, including engines for transportation. Scientists built a system with virtually no friction. The system wraps graphene flakes around nanodiamonds that then roll between a diamond-like carbon-surface and graphene on silica.” id=”metasummary
 Measuring nanoscale features with fractions of light
Shows promise for next-gen semiconductor production
 Scientists build nanoscale submarines powered by light
Speedy single-molecule submersibles are a first
 Nanotechnology advances could pave way for implantable artificial kidney
 A new way to look at metal organic frameworks
International study challenges prevailing view on how metal organic frameworks store gases

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 ‘Nanohoops’ could energize future devices
While application is down the road, these tiny organic circular structures could be used in solar cells, light-emitting diodes and medical diagnostics
 Nanocircuitry grown with semiconducting graphene nanoribbons
Scientists produce shortest electron bunches ever by surfing plasma waves — ScienceDaily The shortest electron bunches ever produced have emerged in new research.
 Theoretically, nanocellulose could be the next hot supermaterial.
The tiniest Lego: a tale of nanoscale motors, rotors, switches and pumps : Nature News & Comment Inspired by biology, chemists have created a cornucopia of molecular parts that act as switches, motors and ratchets.
 Physicists determine 3-D positions of individual atoms for the first time
Finding will help scientists better understand the structural properties of materials
 Flowing electrons help ocean microbes gulp methane
Hiding in Plain Sight: Scientists Create Ultrathin ‘Invisibility Cloak’ – NBC News Scientists say they have come up with a new, ultrathin “invisibility cloak” that turns objects into perfect, flat mirrors.
Making nanowires from protein and DNA — ScienceDaily Using computational and experimental methods, researchers have developed a technique for creating so-called protein-DNA nanowires — a hybrid biomaterial that could have important applications.” id=”metasummary
Science Daily Exponential Technologies Major innovation in molecular imaging delivers spatial and spectral info simultaneously
Combines spectroscopy with super-resolution microscopy, enabling new ways to examine cell structures
 Safe motorcycle helmets made of carrot fibers?
Nanotechnology research leads to super-elastic conducting fibers for artificial muscles, sensors — ScienceDaily Scientists describe in a new study how they constructed elastic conducting fibers by wrapping lighter-than-air, electrically conductive sheets of tiny carbon nanotubes to form a jelly-roll-like sheath around a long rubber core.” id=”metasummary
 Nanoscale building blocks and DNA ‘glue’ help shape 3D architectures
Scientists are using DNA origami to 3-D print structures just nanometers across – The Washington Post A new algorithm — inspired by a centuries-old math problem — is making it all possible.
Science Daily Exponential Technologies Transistor built from a molecule and a few atoms
Science Daily Exponential Technologies Human color vision gives people ability to see nanoscale differences
Project uses crowd computing to improve nanotechnology water filtration Project uses crowd computing to improve nanotechnology water filtration


Science Daily Exponential Technologies New technology using silver may hold key to electronics advances


Corkscrew Nanobots Drill Though Blocked Arteries : Discovery News The microswimmers, inspired by Lyme’s Disease viruses, are biodegradable and won’t trigger an immune response in the body. Continue reading →The microswimmers, inspired by Lyme’s Disease viruses, are biodegradable and won’t trigger an immune response in the body. Continue reading →
Science Daily Exponential Technologies Quantum teleportation? Producing spin-entangled electrons


Science Daily Exponential TechnologiesChemists characterize 3-D macroporous hydrogels
Methods will allow researchers to develop new ‘smart’ materials


Science Daily Exponential Technologies 3-D plasmonic antenna capable of focusing light into few nanometers


Science Daily Exponential TechnologiesNanowire implants offer remote-controlled drug delivery — ScienceDaily A new implantable drug-delivery system has been developed using nanowires that can be wirelessly controlled. The nanowires respond to an electromagnetic field generated by a separate device, which can be used to control the release of a preloaded drug. The system was tested in mice with spinal cord injuries.” id=”metasummary


Printing electronics with nanomaterials a cost-friendly, eco-friendly alternative — ScienceDaily Researchers are focusing on printed electronics: using inkjet technology to print electronic nanomaterials onto flexible substrates. When compared to traditional methods used in microelectronics fabrication, the new technology conserves material and is more environmentally friendly.” id=”metasummary



Science Daily Exponential Technologies Biomedical breakthrough: Carbon nanoparticles you can make at home


Science Daily Exponential Technologies A new look at surface chemistry
Technique for studying the atomic structure of material surfaces holds promise for catalysis, corrosion and other critical reactions


Nanomaterial self-assembly imaged in real time — ScienceDaily Researchers have for the first time visualized the growth of ‘nanoscale’ chemical complexes in real time, demonstrating that processes in liquids at the scale of one-billionth of a meter can be documented as they happen.” id=”metasummary



 Unlocking nanofibers’ potential


Ultrafast heat conduction can manipulate nanoscale magnets — ScienceDaily Researchers have uncovered physical mechanisms allowing the manipulation of magnetic information with heat. These new phenomena rely on the transport of thermal energy, in contrast to the conventional application of magnetic fields, providing a new, and highly desirable way to manipulate magnetization at the nanoscale.” id=”metasummary



Physicists conduct most precise measurement yet of interaction between atoms and carbon surfaces | UW Today


 Tuning friction to the point where it disappears may boost development of nanomachines


New technique speeds nanoMRI imaging — ScienceDaily NanoMRI is a scanning technique that produces nondestructive, high-resolution 3-D images of nanoscale objects, and it promises to become a powerful tool for researchers and companies exploring the shape and function of biological materials such as viruses and cells in much the same way as clinical MRI today enables investigation of whole tissues in the human body.” id=”metasummary


 Tin follows zinc: Stretchable ceramics made by flame technology




 High-temperature superconductivity in atomically thin films



 Measuring the mass of molecules on the nano-scale



 How ‘perfect’ materials begin to fail



Nanotechnology identifies brain tumor types through MRI ‘virtual biopsy’ in animal studies — ScienceDaily A tiny drug-delivery system has been invented that can identify cancer cell types in the brain through ‘virtual biopsies’ and then attack the molecular structure of the disease. The results could be used to deliver nano-scale drugs that can distinguish and fight tumor cells in the brain without resorting to surgery, the authors say.” id=”metasummary


 Physicists develop efficient method of signal transmission from nanocomponents


 Amazing microdroplet structures may lead to new technologies


 Nanospace-controlled gold material created using molecular technology


Nanosized Faucet Backs Up Quantum Theory We all know intuitively that normal liquids flow more quickly as the channel containing them tightens. According to a longstanding quantum-mechanics model, superfluid helium would behave differently from a normal liquid: far from speeding up, it would actually slow down. Now, a team has succeeded in conducting experiments with the smallest channel yet– less than 30 atoms wide to test the model.


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