nanotechnology

Scientists Built An Impossibly Small Engine But Don't Know How It Works

It must be fun to invent something. One day it does not exist, and the next day it exists. But how would you feel if you didn’t exactly know why your new invention worked? The minds behind this all-new microscopic engine could tell you.


Scientists Put Tiny Sound-Powered Motors Inside Living Cells

Brain-bender alert! For the first time ever, scientists have managed to insert nanomotors into living cells. Once inside, the gold, rocket-shaped motors were propelled with ultrasonic waves and steered with magnets. Because we now live in a scene from Fantastic Voyage.


How Bioelectronics Promise A Future Cure For Cancer

When you think of cyborgs becoming a reality, you probably picture Arnold Schwarzenegger’s glowing red eye from Terminator or the steely, tight-lipped stare of Robocop. But the future where man and machine converge won’t just be built with nuts and bolts. It will be built with biology.


Stretchy New Sensors Can Be Woven Into Clothes That 'Feel'

Imagine if your sweater was actually one big computer that responded to being stretched, pressed, or adjusted. That cyborg-inspired future could now be a reality thanks to a team of scientists that has used nanowires to create a new wearable, multifunctional sensor.


Laser Holograms As Thin As A Hair Could Be The Future Of High-Res

Holograms are cool enough on their own, but amazing things happen when you make them incredibly small. A team of Army-funded scientists from Purdue did just that with the development of tiny holograms — smaller than the width of a human hair! — made by shining lasers through a metasurface. This could change display technology forever.


Gold Nanoparticles Give Plastic Skin Life-Like Senses

Human skin may very well be one of the world’s most impressive sensor arrays. Able to detect temperature, pressure, touch and pain simultaneously, your skin’s sensory receptors feed you a constant data stream about the environment around you. Now, researchers have given much of that sensing ability to plastic e-skin.


New Nanosuits Can Help Bugs Survive A Space-Like Vacuum

Human space travel comes with a host of problems, not the least of which is our general inability to survive in a vacuum without, you know, dying. But a new technique that’s done wonders for fruit fly larvae and could one day lead to the same for humans may have solved that problem.


How Effective Can A Microscopic Nanotube Cupid Really Be?

Banking on the whole notion of it not being the size of the gift that counts, physics students at Brigham Young University have created what could be the world’s tiniest cupid, made of carbon nanotubes.


Watch Liquids Literally Bounce Off This Amazing Nanoscale Coating

If you find fingerprint-resistant phones utterly fascinating, then this is going to do your head in. Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a nanoscale coating that doesn’t just resist liquids, it shuts them down completely. So, instead of droplets going “splat”, they go “boing”… to put it in scientific terms.


Aussie Researchers Develop Crazy Liquid Metal Nanotech Skin

Liquid metal technology. That’s Terminator 2 stuff, right? Well you better start running now, John Connor, because it’s here. A new, flexible, conductive nano-coating lets liquid metal keep its form by transforming under high pressure and then springing right back.