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Researchers invent super-elastic conducting fibers to make artificial muscles, sensors, and capacitors

July 30th, 2015 at 8:24 pm » Comments Off

A University of Texas at Dallas research team has made electrically conducting fibers that can be reversibly stretched to more than 14 times their initial length and whose electrical conductivity increases 200-fold when stretched.

Coolest chemical substances humans have discovered

July 16th, 2015 at 8:09 pm » Comments Off

Scientists are creating and discovering new materials all the time, but few are so jaw-droppingly cool that they deserve to be recognized.  

World’s thinnest lightbulb developed using graphene

June 17th, 2015 at 9:03 am » Comments Off

A postdoctoral research scientist, Young Duck Kim,  has led a team of scientists from  Columbia, Seoul National University (SNU), and Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS) that have demonstrated for the first time ever an on-chip visible light source using graphene, an atomically thin and perfectly crystalline form of carbon, as a filament.

Scientists create ‘friction-free’ material

June 15th, 2015 at 2:28 pm » Comments Off

US Department of Energy Scientists at the Argonne National Laboratory have found a way to use diamonds and graphene to create a new material combination that demonstrates so-called superlubricity.  

Record for black silicon solar cell efficiency now 22.1%

May 23rd, 2015 at 9:56 pm » Comments Off

As certified by Fraunhofer ISE CalLab, researchers have obtained the record-breaking efficiency of 22.1% on nanostructured silicon solar cells.  

Nanoneedles paving the way for new regenerative medicine

April 9th, 2015 at 1:31 pm » Comments Off

Scientists have successfully prompted parts of the body to generate new blood vessels with newly developed “nanoneedles”.  

New stretchable structures tougher than bulletproof vests

April 7th, 2015 at 12:30 pm » Comments Off

University of Texas at Dallas researchers have created a material made from nanofibers that can stretch to up to seven times its length while remaining tougher than Kevlar.  

Nanodevice can defeat drug resistance and release cancer drugs

March 17th, 2015 at 4:01 pm » Comments Off

Developed by MIT researchers a new nanodevice can help overcome cancer cell drug resistance (after chemotherapy) by first blocking the gene that confers drug resistance, then launching a new chemotherapy attack against the disarmed tumors.  

Shrinking cameras and holographic displays with paper-thin lenses

March 17th, 2015 at 3:59 pm » Comments Off

A new nanostructured material could make it possible to replace bulky lenses and other optical devices with a thin sheet of material such as silicon.  

Nicholas Negroponte: Nanobots could be the future of learning

February 5th, 2015 at 1:50 pm » Comments Off

Nicholas Negroponte prefers extrapolations based on research to predictions.  But if pushed he will make a guess about future innovation.  Negroponte imagines a future where information will be delivered directly to the brain by tiny robots in your blood.

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