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Essential Science: Nanotechnology provides antimalarial drug

Malaria affects millions of people worldwide and it is one of the world’s most dangerous diseases. In a positive development, researchers have developed a new medicine, described as ‘long lasting’, to aid the prevention of malaria.

Essential Science: Nanoparticles used for malaria test

Malaria is one of the world’s most serious and common diseases. In order to improve detectability, researchers have developed a new test for the causative parasite. The test uses the latest nanoscience technology.

Advances in the 3D printing of nanofibers

The 3D printing of meshes will be of great advantage to manufacturers of solar cells, together with a range of other applications. Researchers have announced a new approach for the 3D printing of nanofiber meshes.

Essential Science: Gold nanoparticles to assess diseases

Gold nanoparticles, just 100 nanometers in size, have been developed to offer a truly innovative solution for health screenings. When these particles are coated they can be used to track blood flow within the smallest blood vessels in the body.

Saule Technologies has breakthrough in perovskite solar cell

Nanotechnology, a science that focuses on understanding materials on an atomic scale, is being utilized to print solar panels using perovskite crystals, a cheap and highly sensitive mineral that was first found in the Ural Mountains of Russia in 1839.

First stretchable holographic display revealed

By using gold nanorods embedded into a contact lens material, technologists have succeeded in creating a new kind of holographic display. The display is based on a special film which is stretchable.

RNA used to make ‘living computers’ for nanotechnology

Phoenix - Researchers from Arizona State University have demonstrated that living cells can be induced to carry out complex computations in the manner of tiny robots or computers.

Biotech used to create parallel computers

Swedish technologists have successfully used nanotechnology to develop a biological computer, designed to solve complex mathematical problems in a far faster than conventional computers. This type of technology will aid business and academia.

Injectable nanoparticles delay tumor progression

Virus particles, which normally infect potatoes, have been adapted to act as cancer drug delivery devices. Trials have been successfully attempted using mice.

Nano-implant set to restore sight

In a major breakthrough scientists from University of California San Diego and the company Nanovision Biosciences Inc., are on the cusp of developing nano-sized implants that can restore sight to a blind person.

Gold nanoparticles used to rapidly detect Ebola

While the Ebola pandemic in West Africa was eventually tackled the risk remains that the viral disease will re-emerge. To better equipped a new diagnostic method has been developed to allow for the rapid detection of the disease.

Nanomaterials pave the way for antifogging car windshields

A new type of nanotexture, based on cone-shaped structures found on the surface of insect wings, could inspire new designs for materials prone to fogging. This includes car and aircraft windshields.

Worms munch nanoparticles to improve sensors

Scientists have used tiny worms to digest nanoparticles wrapped around bacteria. The study has been run to see how cellular forces affect nanomedicine.

Researcher created the world's smallest snowman

London - Of course it is not really a man. And it is not even made of snow. But what is being referred to as the “world’s smallest snowman” is so tiny it can only been seen through an electron microscope.

Essential Science: Nanoparticles fight resistant breast cancer

Scientists have developed nanoparticles to accurately target and treat a form of breast cancer that is resistant to conventional therapeutics.

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.
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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)
Argonne National Laboratory
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.
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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An example of some nano-sized molecular machinery made with 3D models.
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