One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and that includes a man’s (or woman’s) urine. Scientists have figured out how to transform your pee into tiny semiconducting nano crystals they’ve dubbed “quantum pee-dots.”
This isn’t a dirty, peeling sticker but a scientific first. Researchers have been able to make complex 2D and 3D structures using nanoparticles for years—but they’ve never before been able to curve or fold a flat sheet of them like this.
We live in a world of physical computing. Solids and silicon store all our tweets, texts, and selfies, but what if the traditional ways of computing underwent a phase change?
Maybe you've heard about how gold nanoparticles are going to revolutionize our lives. Is that day here? No. But do we now have gold nanoparticle-assisted liposuction? Yes.
Do not adjust your monitor: these mice are supposed to glow. The eery colors emanating from their bodies is a result of quantum dots injected into the bloodstream—in an attempt to establish how nanoparticles accumulate in mammalian bodies.
A team of chemists at the University of California, Riverside, recently had a happy accident. While experimenting with stringing gold nanoparticles together, they noticed that the gold kept changing colors from a bright blue to purple to red. Indeed, the more they touched it, the more the color changed.
In an effort to more accurately diagnose player concussions in the middle of a football game, a Brigham Young University student has developed a nano particle-embedded foam that's able to detect and measure impacts, providing real-time feedback about the severity of a hit or tackle.
Fighting cancer is getting very 22nd century with the introduction of a new technique from researchers at the University of Georgia. The science of it gets a little bit complicated, but suffice it to say it's pretty futuristic. Lasers and nanoparticles are involved.
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.
Remember how graphene, the single-atom thick layer of carbon was so slick it was going to change everything? Well it looks like silicene is here to steal the spotlight. Researchers have just made the first sheet of single-atom thick silicon.
MRSA Cells With and Without Nanoparticles MRSA bacteria before, left, and after, right, incubation with a new biodegradable polymer nanoparticle. Cell destruction is clearly visible. The bottom two images are magniﬁed with respect to the top images.
That's a breast on a chip. Why? Because though it looks like a slide, it actually accurately mimics the branching mammary duct system of a breast, where most breast cancers begin. That's key for cancer research since scientists can now test new approaches for treatment, like magnetic nanoparticles. It sounds insane:
Have you ever lazily wished you could just use a tractor beam to grab that out-of-reach object? Apparently, you can. Using only light, Australian researchers say they are able to move small particles almost five feet through the air.
Every home has at least one window, so why not turn that window into an energy-attracting solar panel? So goes the thinking of Norwegian company EnSol, which has patented a spray-on film that turns windows into solar panels.
Invisibility cloak project is back on! It's from a different team of scientists that were using silver-plated nanoparticles in water though, with these latest Harry Potter enthusiasts using photonic metamaterials to change light rays.