Nanotechnology

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Is 'Nano' Living Up to the Hype? (Kavli Roundtable)
A computer chip produced using nanotechnology.
January 14th, 2015
Is there a future for nanoscience and nanoscale technology?
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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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Chameleon-like Material Changes Color On Demand
Color-changing silicon layer
March 13th, 2015
New nanoscale technology could have wide-ranging applications in multiple industries.
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Google's Cancer-Detecting Nanoparticles: Are There Drawbacks?
October 30th, 2014
Google is developing nanoparticles that the company hopes will catch early signs of disease, but are there potential drawbacks to the technology?
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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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The Nanotech View of the Microbiome (Kavli Roundtable)
Colored image of an Enterococcus faecalis bacterium
February 12th, 2015
New nanotech is behind the latest hunt to find and track the millions of microbes in the microbiome.
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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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