nanotechnology

  • Paper-thin loudspeakers harness nanotech power

    Sheet-like ferroelectret nanogenerator can act as both loudspeaker and microphone. Angus Bezzina ...

    A sheet of the ferroelectret nanogenerator (FENG) that can act as a microphone or loudspeaker.Michigan State Universi...

    Technology May 17, 2017
  • Plans for a matter-wave tractor beam

    Tiny tractor beams could make vital tools for nanotechnology.

    A team of physicists have outlined a means of making tractor beams to push and pull objects at a distance using “matt...

    Physics May 15, 2017
  • DNA sequencing in zero gravity with handheld nanotech

    A “pocket sequencer” promises to make DNA sequencing cheaper and more accessible, writes Alan FIn...

    Nanotechnology. When American engineer Eric Drexler coined this futuristic term in 1981, he had in mind molecule-size...

    Technology May 8, 2017
  • Nanowires recording neuronal activity

    A new nanowire array allows for fine-grained recording of the activity of individual neurons.

    A colourised scanning electron microscope image of a neuron (orange) interfaced with the nanowire array.Integrated El...

    Technology April 12, 2017
  • Flying saucers with lasers are real. Sort of.

    Brighter lights and more accurate medical tests are foreseeable.

    Don’t look now, but billions of nanoscale flying saucers are about to spread around the world.The cause, however, i...

    Physics March 20, 2017
  • Robo-ray and deep space travel: top 10 tech stories of 2016

    Technologies from space to batteries advanced in leaps and bounds (and frictionless flight). Thes...

    NASA / JPL-CaltechAntimatter to ion drives: NASA’s plan for deep space propulsion Ion drives, solar sails, fission an...

    Technology December 26, 2016
  • A guide to the nanotechnology used in the average home

    The application of nanotechnology in some areas, such as batteries, microelectronics and sunscree...

    As a researcher of nanomaterials, I am often asked: “When are we finally going to start seeing nanotechnology product...

    Technology July 27, 2016
  • How does fluorescence work?

    Ever wondered about what makes a fluorescent colour stand out? These are some of the brilliant ap...

    Fluorescence has many practical applications, including forensics, microbiology and the handy highlighting of key quo...

    Technology July 18, 2016
  • How the chameleon glows in technicolour

    Tiny crystals within their skin are responsible.

    Chameleons don’t change colour to blend in – they do it to show off. Their dazzling displays are intended to face dow...

    Biology March 23, 2015
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