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New nanobots hunt down and destroy cancerous tumors

August 30th, 2014 at 8:10 am » Comments Off

Small weaponized robots, swarm into the human body, hunt down malignant tumors and destroy them. An army of tiny weaponized robots traveling around a human body, hunting down malignant tumors and destroying them from within sounds like a scene from a science fiction novel. But research in Nature Communications today from the University of California Davis Cancer […]

Top 10 ways nanotechnology is transforming the world around us

July 30th, 2014 at 4:49 pm » Comments Off

Nanotechnology might be outside your window at this very moment in the form of a gecko-like human scaling a self-cleaning, nano-enhanced solar window. A pair of hand-held, gecko-inspired paddles that can help you ascend a 25-foot sheet of glass might not seem like the most impressive use of nanotechnology but this real-world advance aptly demonstrates how quickly […]

Commercial nanotube transistors could be ready by 2020

July 9th, 2014 at 8:43 am » Comments Off

Each chip on this wafer has 10,000 nanotube transistors on it.  For more than ten years, engineers have been worrying that they are running out of tricks for continuing to shrink silicon transistors. Intel’s latest chips have transistors with features as small as 14 nanometers, but it is unclear how the industry can keep scaling […]

Smartphones in the future could be printed on your clothes

May 2nd, 2014 at 10:22 am » Comments Off

Graphene and carbon nanotubes can generate intense surface plasmons for use in nanoelectronics and cancer therapy. Engineers at Monash University Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering (ECSE) have modeled the world’s first “spaser” (surface plasmon amplification by stimulated emission of radiation) to be made completely out of carbon.    

DNA computers deliver drugs inside cockroaches

April 13th, 2014 at 8:06 am » Comments Off

As much computing power as a 8-bit computer. Nano-sized entities made of DNA that are able to perform the same kind of logic operations as a silicon-based computer have been introduced into a living animal. A computer inside a cockroach.    

Bionic plants use nanotechnology to boost photosynthesis

March 20th, 2014 at 10:39 am » Comments Off

Researchers embedded carbon nanotubes in the chloroplasts of the plants to create “artificial antennae.” Plants make life possible. Chloroplasts are the tiny organelles with a plant’s leaves. The chloroplasts use incoming sunlight to split water molecules and then knit together the energy-rich carbon and hydrogen compounds found in everything from food to fossil fuels. The […]

Tiny motors that fit inside human cells could one day treat diseases

February 14th, 2014 at 10:27 am » Comments Off

A nanomotor inside a HeLa Cell. A Pennsylvania State University team has discovered that nanomotors made from tiny metal rods can be manipulated by sound waves and magnets, giving them precise control over their actions inside of cells.  

Flexible materials could provide new ways to control sound and light

February 4th, 2014 at 11:50 am » Comments Off

A new wrinkle in the control of waves. Flexible, layered materials textured with nanoscale wrinkles could provide a new way of controlling the wavelengths and distribution of waves, whether of sound or light. The new method, developed by researchers at MIT, could eventually find applications from nondestructive testing of materials to sound suppression, and could […]

Replacing batteries with super capacitors: Volvo’s quest to create the ultimate electric vehicle

November 5th, 2013 at 9:10 am » Comments Off

The battery is the biggest limitation for electric vehicles (EV).  Tesla, General Motors, Nissan and others install heavy batteries that limit vehicle range and performance. The batteries take up as much as 15% of the vehicle’s total weight.    

Researchers develop cheaper, longer-lasting futuristic copper foam batteries

October 28th, 2013 at 9:37 am » Comments Off

Prieto Battery’s copper foam. Power plants, wind farms, and smartphones all suffer from the same basic ailment — they lack cheap, reliable, long-life batteries to store large amounts of energy for when the sun goes down, the wind stops blowing, or the device is unplugged for a long time.      

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