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Microscopic robots get tiny practical engines

May 12th, 2016 at 1:02 pm » Comments Off

Making machines smaller and smaller is becoming easier and easier to the point we can now make working machines that are only the size of complex molecules. The problem is making them work. Researchers have tried various power an propulsion systems, but they lack  speed, strength and control. However, with the creation of tiny engines, […]



New nanowire battery can survive thousands of charges

April 22nd, 2016 at 12:51 pm » Comments Off

Batteries haven’t seen a technological leap in years, mainly due to the volatile chemicals they contain. The most effective one produced being the lithium ion cell. Even with experimentation of exotic compounds the new wave of batteries is still many years away. Recently new research in the area of nanowires – surfaces “thousands of times thinner […]



RMIT University researchers say self-cleaning clothes are on the way

March 23rd, 2016 at 10:30 am » Comments Off

Thanks to pioneering nanotechnology research being developed by RMIT University researchers, people could soon be able to replace their washing machines with a little bit of sunshine. The researchers have been working on self-cleaning textiles by growing nanostructures on textiles. When exposed to light, they release a burst of energy that then degrades organic matter.



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.  



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