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Scientists forge ahead with electron microscopy to build quantum materials atom by atom

October 19th, 2018 at 9:37 am » Comments Off

With a STEM microscope, ORNL’s Ondrej Dyck brought two, three and four silicon atoms together to build clusters and make them rotate within a layer of graphene, a two-dimensional layer of carbon atoms that exhibits unprecedented strength and high electrical conductivity. Credit: Ondrej Dyck/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy A novel technique that […]



Genetically engineered bacteria paint microscopic masterpieces

September 3rd, 2018 at 10:11 am » Comments Off

Scientists have used genetically engineered bacteria to recreate a masterpiece at a microscopic scale. By engineering E. coli bacteria to respond to light, they’ve guided the bacteria like tiny drones toward patterns that depict Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. It’s not artistic recognition they’re after. Rather, the researchers want to show that these engineered organisms […]



German researchers have built a quantum transistor using just a single atom

August 22nd, 2018 at 10:09 am » Comments Off

A team of researchers at Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have developed a quantum transistor using just a single atom, and capable of operating at room temperature. The device points toward major new frontiers in computing power and efficiency. Transistors, which control the flow of electronic signals, are the basis of modern electronics. The steady […]



Graphene-based armor could stop bullets by becoming harder than diamonds

December 24th, 2017 at 9:18 am » Comments Off

Made of two stacked layers of graphene, diamene temporarily becomes harder than bulk diamonds under impact.



Strange atomic ripples in graphene could unlock clean, limitless energy

December 12th, 2017 at 10:40 am » Comments Off

By all measures, graphene shouldn’t exist. The fact it does comes down to a neat loophole in physics that sees an impossible 2D sheet of atoms act like a solid 3D material.



Tiny robots serve as programmable molecular assembly machines

October 2nd, 2017 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

September 23, 2017 – If you can make a robot small enough and then give it an arm like the Canadarm on the International Space Station, could you have it build things a molecule at a time? That’s the challenge that scientists at The University of Manchester decided to accept, and voila, the result, a […]



How diseases can be targeted using nanotechnology – and why it’s difficult

September 26th, 2017 at 10:20 am » Comments Off

Scientists are designing materials that are a thousand times smaller than the width of a hair. Known as nanomaterials or nanoparticles, some could help treat diseases.



Introducing MIT’s “living” breathing no-sweat clothing

June 2nd, 2017 at 3:07 pm » Comments Off

If it was up to a team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the next trend in sportswear would be clothes made out of living cells. You got that right, living microbial cells. With a design that looks like it came straight out of science fiction, the self-ventilating workout suit developed by […]



How long before we have self-healing smartphone screens?

April 30th, 2017 at 5:27 am » Comments Off

“When I was young, my idol was Wolverine from the X-Men…He could save the world, but only because he could heal himself,” researcher Chao Wang recently said in a press release from the American Chemical Society (ACS). Wang began working on a self-healing material that could stitch itself back together after damage, and came up […]



Scientists just made electronic skin that’s better than human skin

April 9th, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Scientists at the University of Glasgow have invented a robot skin that surpasses human flesh. Professor Ravinder Dahiya and his team created a silicone and graphine skin which provides haptic feedback to the user. The thin layer of graphine acts as a sensor, making the electronic skin (e-skin) very sensitive to touch. It’s also flexible […]



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