Nano News Archive May 2010

Google steering nanotechnology public debate toward more health-themed issues, study suggests by Aarti Kapoor

Madison, WISCONSIN — Online audiences are increasingly searching for and finding results on health-related topics when seeking nanotechnology content on Google, according to a recent study by…

Nanotech discovery could lead to breakthrough in infrared satellite imaging technology

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor Shan-Yu Lin has developed a new nanotechnology-based “microlens” that uses gold to boost the strength of infrared imaging and could lead to a new generation of ultra-powerful satellite cameras and night-vision devices. The device, pictured, leverages the unique properties of nanoscale gold to “squeeze” light into the tiny holes in its surface. (Credit: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

Researchers Develop Lens-Less, Gold-Covered “Microlens” That Enhances Imaging Signal Without Increasing Noise

Troy, NEW YORK — Researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a new…

New nanoscale electrical phenomenon discovered

Ann Arbor, MICHIGAN — At the scale of the very small, physics can get peculiar. A University of Michigan biomedical engineering professor has discovered a new instance of such a nanoscale phenomenon…

Facility provides nanotech expertise to businesses and industry


Researchers at ASU's NanoFab facility provide expertise to help businesses and industry take advantage of the latest technologies. (Photo: Jessica Slater/ASU) 

Tempe, ARIZONA — Arizona State University (ASU)'s NanoFab facility is teaching industry ways to manufacture better products and helping engineers and scientists develop new technologies.


Spiders at the nanoscale: Molecules that behave like robots

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The latest installment in DNA nanotechnology has arrived: A molecular nanorobot dubbed a "spider" and labeled with green dyes traverses a substrate track built upon a DNA origami scaffold. It journeys towards its red-labeled goal by cleaving the visited substrates, thus exhibiting the characteristics of an autonomously moving, behavior-based robot at the molecular scale. (Credit: Courtesy of Paul Michelotti)

Pasadena, CALIFORNIA — A team of scientists from Columbia University, Arizona State University, the University of Michigan, and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have programmed an…

DNA could be backbone of next generation logic chips

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This is a closeup of a waffle. (Credit: Chris Dwyer)

Durham, NORTH CAROLINA — In a single day, a solitary grad student at a lab bench can produce more simple logic circuits than the world's entire output of silicon chips in a month.

So says a Duke…

Nano parfait a treat for scientists


Image source: Rice University

Rice researchers spin pure batches of nanotubes species

Houston, TEXAS — In two new papers, Rice University researchers report using ultracentrifugation (UCF) to create highly purified samples of…

What do we know about nano?

Tempe, ARIZONA — Nanotechnology involves manipulating the unimaginably small. A nanometer is about 5 carbon atoms in a row, or the distance your fingernail grows in one second. Matter behaves…

Researchers design new biomaterial that mimics muscle elasticity

Vancouver, CANADA — University of British Columbia (UBC) researchers have cast artificial proteins into a new solid biomaterial that very closely mimics the passive elasticity of muscle.

The approach…

Melanin-covered nanoparticles may aid cancer patients in radiation therapy by Aarti Kapoor 

Bronx, NEW YORK — Radiation therapy is often used to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors, but the amount of radiation must be limited due to its negative side-effects — one of them being the…

Survey: Hiding risks can hurt public support for nanotechnology 

Raleigh, NORTH CAROLINA — A new national survey on public attitudes toward medical applications and physical enhancements that rely on nanotechnology shows that support for the technology increases…

NanoArt: When Science And Technology Meet Art by Aarti Kapoor                                                                                                 

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Cris Orfescu combines his art and science backgrounds to create NanoArt. Click here to view some of his work

He may be creating art from small things, but Cris Orfescu is no stranger to the art world. Working from real images of structures that he creates at molecular and atomic scale, Orfescu has for the…