Nanotechnology

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Colorful Butterfly Wings Inspire Counterfeit-Proof Tech
The butterfly Pierella luna.
October 6th, 2014
To stop identity thieves and counterfeiters, a group of researchers is looking for inspiration from an unlikely source: butterflies.
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Bacteria Could Grow Futuristic 'Self-Healing' Materials
bacteria grow living materials
April 3rd, 2014
Living materials produced by bacteria could lead to interactive structures programmed to self-assemble into specific patterns, such as those used on solar cells and diagnostic sensors, and even self-healing materials that could sense damage and repair it.
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Far Out! Making Crystals Ripple with Light
crystal ripples from light
March 11th, 2014
Crystals hit with infrared light could be the next generation of nanometer scale devices.
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Atom-Sized Construction Could Shrink Future Gadgets
A computer chip produced using nanotechnology.
September 4th, 2014
The U.S. military doesn't just build big, scary tanks and giant warplanes; it's also interested in teeny, tiny stuff. The Pentagon's latest research project aims to improve today's technologies by shrinking them down to microscopic size.
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Nano[Ag]ressions
silver, nanotechnology, nanoagression
March 31st, 2014
Tiny silver particles protect against microbes, but are they dangerous?
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Nanotech Delivers Needle-Free Vaccine in Mice
a person getting a vaccine
September 25th, 2013
A nanotech-based vaccine that can be applied to the body's mucus membranes could be an effective, needle-less vaccination method, a new study in mice shows.
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Scientists Make the Smallest Mona Lisa
August 5th, 2013
The enigmatic image is perhaps the most reproduced in art history, but it's never before been painted on such a small canvas.
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Nano Webs Could Counterfeit-Proof Credit Cards
Credit card secured by a metal lock. Digital illustration.
April 22nd, 2014
Money, gadgets and credit cards could soon have tiny, invisible anti-counterfeiting "fingerprints" embedded into them, making it pretty much impossible to falsify such objects, say scientists.
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New High-Tech Plants Could Detect Bombs or Chemical Weapons
An arabidopsis plant
March 21st, 2014
Plants already provide food, fuel and oxygen, but now researchers want to make plants produce even more energy and perform jobs such as detecting environmental pollutants or even explosives or chemical weapons.
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Going Small To Mop Up Big Oil Spills
Boat in Oily Gulf of Mexico
September 24th, 2013
Reusable, magnetic nanoparticles can remove crude oil from water.
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