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Nucleation: From champagne bubbles to Alzheimer’s research

A process called nucleation describes everything from the formation of champagne bubbles to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. This physical and chemical process is being studied by researchers interested in disease development.

Nanotechnology boosts solar power heating

Solar power, along with tidal power and wind power, represents the leading alternative energy technology. Scientists are seeking to improve efficiency and nanotechnology offers an answer.

Essential Science: Nano-science promises toxic-free cosmetics

Many of the pigments used in packaging, textiles and cosmetics are toxic and generate pollutants. Nanoscience offers an alternative way of producing non-toxic and robust colors. The inspiration comes from blue tarantulas.

Will we be wearing clothes of diamond nanothread?

An Australian chemist has been toying with the potential to create fabrics from diamond nanothreads. The new material has considerable potential.

Crustaceans use nanotechnology to avoid predators

Many types of crustaceans found in the oceans are at the mercy of predators. To increase the chance of not being spotted many species have evolved camouflage, and the basis of this cloak of invisibility is nanotechnology.

Nanotechnology explains dust mite allergies

Dust allergies relates to mites that live and feed on dust particles (with most dust being composed of skin cells). Researchers have made a breakthrough in explaining allergies using nanotechnology.

Growing gold sharpened with a sewing machine

Growing gold like snowflakes and then sharpening it with a sewing machine-like device sounds like the stuff of fairy tales. In fact it is a scientific reality, based on cutting-edge research.

Bone healing advanced through crab shell protein

An advancement in nanotechnology: scientists have succeeded in combining a sugar, extracted from crab and shrimp shells, with nanomaterials. This is the building block for bone regeneration and wound healing.

Nanotechnology provides solution for oil spills

Oil spills are very difficult to address and cause significant ecological harm. A new method, based on nanotechnology, can turn an oil spill into a floating mass of brown jelly.

Stronger protection: New nanofiber renders material bullet proof

No clothing material is totally impregnable to a projectile but some are tougher than others, and researchers continue to make improvement. A new breakthrough at the nano-scale has been announced.

Nanoparticle injections protect joints from injury

A research study, using novel nanoparticles, where the particles are injected into joints, has protected cartilage from damage. This is based on studies in mice.

Nanoparticles used to differentiate healthy and cancerous cells

Medical technologists have fashioned synthetic nanoparticles to track down cancerous cells and to enable medics to differentiate cancerous cells from healthy cells. The technique should enable better targeted treatments.

Wound treating nanocomposite developed

Iranian scientists have developed a novel compound, created using nanotechnology, for the treatment of wounds. The composite material contains antimicrobial chemicals.

Magnetic nanotech leads to marijuana roadside test

Researchers have successfully used magnetic nanotechnology to develop a rapid test for marijuana in a person. The application will be used as a road side test for police officers.

Portable nanotech readers aid cancer detection

Medical scientists have developed a portable method, designed for the early detection of cancer, based on nanotechnology. The device screens for blood proteins.

Fire resistant paper developed thanks to nanotech

A step forward in safety: researchers have developed a fire resistant paper, based on nanowires. In addition, the paper is also bacterial resistant and this helps reduce the spread of infections.

Lab-on-a-chip technology promises early cancer detection

Researchers have developed new lab-on-a-chip technology that separates biological particles at the nanoscale. The technology could enable medics to detect cancer early and before symptoms appear.

Strengthening materials through nano-extracts from trees

Could parts of a tree be used to strengthen car bumpers and fenders? Could these biological parts be recycled from trees felled in the rainforest? This idea may seem bizarre but it has the potential to protect cars from bumps and crashes.

Bouncing nano-droplets remove contaminants

Imagine self-cleaning, hydrophobic surfaces and how useful they could be: windscreens that repel raindrops; airplane wings that de-ice, and so on. May sound like sci-fi, but it’s a step closer thanks to nanotechnology.

Portable device detects gluten in restaurants

People worried about gluten in food, especially in restaurants where the ingredients are uncertain, now have a helping hand thanks to a new device that can provide a quick and accurate assessment.

Nanobubbles turn heated water into power

Yale - Scientists have worked out how to generate energy from the low-temperature wasted heat produced by factories and power plants. This promises a new wave of low cost energy.

Nanotechnology allows all data to be deleted

The total removal of digital data is not easily achieved. A new application of electron beams provides a new way of achieving this.

Nanotechnology harnessed for disease detection

Researchers are utilizing nanoscale technology to design machines aimed at disease detection. These promise faster and more accurate diagnosis of patients.

New nanomaterial promises flexible electronic devices

A U.S.-South Korean collaboration has led to the creation of a new ultrathin, transparent, conductive film. The film is the basis of new, flexible and wearable electronics.

Life-saving water holding nanorods invented

Researchers have accidentally created nanorods with incredible water holding potential. These rods could be used to help those who need to work in hot climates or travellers through desert regions.

Magnets could pull oil from water to protect wildlife

Scientists are examining a novel way to address oil spills, and to protect marine wildlife, through the use of magnets. The idea is to use magnets to draw the oil away from key zones.

Nanoparticles created to seek out cancer cells

Moscow - A key application of nanotechnology is in the medical field and one useful application is with the early detection of cancerous cells. Researchers from Russia report on a new innovation.

Next-gen carbon monoxide sensors based on nanotech

The monitoring of air, especially in homes and workplaces, for carbon monoxide is a critical part of health and safety. Early detection is key to lowering risks of poisoning. To improve current technology, Japanese researchers are looking to nanotech.

New battery can be recharged up to 200,000 times

Irvine - Researchers at the University of California Irvine have developed a nanowire-based battery material that can recharged several hundred thousand times without breakdown or loss of energy.

Using nanoparticles to block asthma

A biodegradable nanoparticle has been used to treat asthma and other allergies in a radically different type of research. The particles act in a way to stop the immune system from attacking an allergen and thus preventing the allergic response.
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An example of some nano-sized molecular machinery made with 3D models.
An example of some nano-sized molecular machinery made with 3D models.
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Ultra-high vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy image of a point defect in graphene that has been ep...
Ultra-high vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy image of a point defect in graphene that has been epitaxially grown on 6H-SiC(0001)
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A glass microprocessor made by Micronit Microfluidics.
A glass microprocessor made by Micronit Microfluidics.
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Nanowire based sensors have gained considerable interest as a general platform for ultrasensitive label-free electrical detection of biological and chemical species.
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Nanoparticles are particles between 1 and 100 nanometers in size. In nanotechnology  a particle is d...
Nanoparticles are particles between 1 and 100 nanometers in size. In nanotechnology, a particle is defined as a small object that behaves as a whole unit with respect to its transport and properties.
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