Nanotechnology

  • Impressive new work has demonstrated a potential way to restore vision in those suffering from degenerative diseases of the retina. A single injection of nanoparticles was found to create a working artificial retina, restoring vision to blind rats.
  • Researchers at Empa and EPFL have created one of the smallest motors ever made. It’s composed of just 16 atoms, and at that tiny size it seems to function right on the boundary between classical physics and the spooky quantum realm.
  • Nanofibers have found use in numerous applications, ranging from lightweight car parts to high-strength materials. Now, thanks to a new understanding of a certain group of spiders, they may soon be easier to work with.
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    A tiny artificial tongue which can identify individual whiskies by taste has been invented by a team of Scottish engineers . The device could mean big things for drink makers wanting to ensure a consistent product, and protect their precious brands from counterfeiters at the same time.
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    ​We've seen numerous nano-devices designed for tasks such as delivering medication within the body, and they move in a variety of ways. One of the latest is a tiny four-legged robot, that could actually walk to its target.
  • Goggles, glasses and windshield can fog up if there’s a difference in temperature or humidity. Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a new anti-fog coating that warms up the surface without needing electricity.
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    ​OK, we know that tiny houses are becoming increasingly popular, but this is really taking things to an extreme. In order to demonstrate the capabilities of a new nanorobotic system, French scientists have built a "microhouse" that sits on the cleaved end of an optical fiber.
  • Whether they're on smartphone displays or TV screens, reflections can be a nuisance. Scientists working at Brookhaven National Laboratory, however, have reportedly found a way of almost eliminating them. It involves treating regular glass surfaces by etching tiny nanoscale cones into them.
  • Timex has something of a reputation of a middle-of-the-road, play-it-safe, value-for-money watchmaker, but the company is stepping out of its comfort zone to partner with France-based SilMach and create a new electronic watch movement using Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS).
  • Though it’s survived millennia of human development, whether Syria’s cultural heritage can make it through the current civil war is anyone’s guess. Can science succeed where international law has faltered and stop the exodus of relics from the country?
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    ​An international competition is coming up in Toulouse, France at the end of next month, but it's not a very big one. The Nanocar Race will see four "cars" each made up of about a hundred atoms, racing against one another on a gold track that's just 100 nanometers long – that's 0.0001 millimeters.
  • Using light and tiny nanoparticles of rhodium​, scientists have found a way to turn carbon dioxide into a building block of many fuels. The newly discovered chemical reaction could use sunlight to reduce growing levels of CO2 and lead to the development of new alternative energy technologies.