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The world’s thinnest spectacle lenses


With nano-structures made using a laser printer, even strong prescription lenses will become ultra-thin. And they will even…
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Engineers develop “chameleon metals” that change surfaces in response to heat

January 13, 2020

Just like a chameleon changes its skin color in response to its environment, engineers have found a way…
Team uses golden ‘lollipop’ to observe elusive interference effect at the nanoscale

November 12, 2019

Electrons in atoms are pretty talented. They can form chemical bonds, get kicked out of the atom and…
Micromotors Push Around Single Cells and Particles

October 29, 2019

A new type of micromotor—powered by ultrasound and steered by magnets—can move around individual cells and microscopic particles…
Overlap allows nanoparticles to enhance light-based detection

October 16, 2019

Rice University scientists have found revealing information where light from a molecule meets light from a nanoparticle. The…
“Electroadhesive” stamp picks up and puts down microscopic structures

October 14, 2019

If you were to pry open your smartphone, you would see an array of electronic chips and components…
DTU Innovators develop the world’s thinnest eyeglasses

October 4, 2019

ThinLens is developing technology to make super light-weight prescription lenses. The project will use laser printing to incorporate…
Using nanomachines to help fight the war on diabetes

October 2, 2019

Anti-diabetic drugs may become cheaper and more accessible thanks to a breakthrough from CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency.…
Shape affects performance of micropillars in heat transfer

September 27, 2019

As our electronic devices get more sophisticated, they also generate more heat that must be released for maximum…
Nanoscale origami: Smallest-ever, atomically precise structures set stage for quantum breakthroughs

September 9, 2019

If you think learning traditional paper origami is a difficult practice, try wrapping your head around origami on…
Synthetic biology enables protein origami

July 26, 2019

The ancient art of paper folding known as origami is used to make intricate birds or other shapes.…
New Multi-Material 3D Nano-Printing Technique Promises a Revolution in Optics, Photonics, and Biomedicine

July 24, 2019

A group of engineers from the University of Maryland (UMD) have developed a new technique for printing multi-material…
A new way of making complex structures in thin films

July 5, 2019

Self-assembling materials called block copolymers, which are known to form a variety of predictable, regular patterns, can now…
Researchers create graphene and graphite nanocorrals

June 27, 2019

Lancaster chemistry researchers are part of an international team of scientists that have discovered how to create tiny nanocorral structures…
Microscopic ‘donuts’ a treat for quantum tech

June 4, 2019

Dedicating dollars to “donuts,” scientists at Rice University are helping a national laboratory bring about a revolution in…
Self-healing DNA nanostructures

May 30, 2019

DNA assembled into nanostructures such as tubes and origami-inspired shapes could someday find applications ranging from DNA computers…
Big energy savings for tiny machines

May 21, 2019

Inside all of us are trillions of tiny molecular nanomachines that perform a variety of tasks necessary to…
Fish-inspired material changes color using nanocolumns

April 1, 2019

Inspired by the flashing colors of the neon tetra fish, researchers have developed a technique for changing the…
Dose of vitamin C helps gold nanowires grow

February 22, 2019

A boost of vitamin C helped Rice University scientists turn small gold nanorods into fine gold nanowires. Common, mild ascorbic acid is the…
Researchers find the trick to molding metal at the nanoscale

January 24, 2019

Numerous metals and alloys would be ideal for specific nanoscale applications — from solar energy to microelectronics —…
DNA origami: a precise measuring tool for optimal antibody effectiveness

January 17, 2019

Using DNA origami – DNA-based design of precise nanostructures – scientists at Karolinska Institutet in collaboration with researchers…
Pore size influences nature of complex nanostructures

January 15, 2019

Building at the nanoscale is not like building a house. Scientists often start with two-dimensional molecular layers and…
Artificial bug eyes

January 10, 2019

Single lens eyes, like those in humans and many other animals, can create sharp images, but the compound…
Researchers Make World’s Smallest Tic-Tac-Toe Game Board with DNA

December 21, 2018

Move over Mona Lisa, here comes tic-tac-toe. It was just about a year ago that Caltech scientists in the…
Team invents method to shrink objects to the nanoscale

December 17, 2018

MIT researchers have invented a way to fabricate nanoscale 3-D objects of nearly any shape. They can also…
Scientists Produce 3-D Chemical Maps of Single Bacteria

November 19, 2018

Researchers at NSLS-II used ultrabright x-rays to generate 3-D nanoscale maps of a single bacteria’s chemical composition with…
Detecting Light in a Different Dimension

November 14, 2018

Electrically conductive polymer nanostructures that are many times longer than they are wide make graphene—atom-thin sheets of carbon—a…
Tiny nanostraws to deliver molecules to human cells safely and efficiently

November 9, 2018

Researchers can design the perfect molecule to edit a gene, treat cancer or guide the development of a…
Don’t underestimate the Force

November 6, 2018

Researchers have identified the weak molecular forces that hold together a tiny, self-assembling box with powerful possibilities. The…
Hot aluminum etches smooth nano-holes in semiconductors

October 9, 2018

Study of promising technique for nanostructuring finds surprising properties A German-French research team has identified surprising properties of…
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