Scientists Put Tiny Sound-Powered Motors Inside Living Cells

Brain-bender alert! For the first time ever, scientists have managed to insert nanomotors into living cells. Once inside, the gold, rocket-shaped motors were propelled with ultrasonic waves and steered with magnets. Because we now live in a scene from Fantastic Voyage. » 2/10/14 5:20pm 2/10/14 5:20pm

How Bioelectronics Promise A Future Cure For Cancer

When you think of cyborgs becoming a reality, you probably picture Arnold Schwarzenegger's glowing red eye from Terminator or the steely, tight-lipped stare of Robocop. But the future where man and machine converge won't just be built with nuts and bolts. It will be built with biology. » 1/29/14 1:40pm 1/29/14 1:40pm

Stretchy New Sensors Can Be Woven into Clothes That 'Feel'

Imagine if your sweater was actually one big computer that responded to being stretched, pressed, or adjusted. That cyborg-inspired future could now be a reality thanks to a team of scientists that has used nanowires to create a new wearable, multifunctional sensor. » 1/17/14 6:40pm 1/17/14 6:40pm

Scientists Manipulate Electrons Into Material Never Seen on Earth

Stanford scientists have created designer electrons that behave as if they were exposed to a magnetic field of 60 Tesla—a force 30 percent stronger than anything ever sustained on Earth. The work could lead to a revolution in the materials that make everything from video displays to airplanes to mobile phones. » 3/14/12 2:00pm 3/14/12 2:00pm

MIT's New Nanoparticles Tag Team Cancer Cells

There are a ton of impressive applications of nanoparticles in medicine, especially cancer treatment, but MIT's new take on the process is pretty awesome. It uses two kinds of particles to do the job: one to find the tumors, the other to kick their ass. » 6/20/11 8:40pm 6/20/11 8:40pm

New Nanostructured Snack Packaging Is Most Airtight Ever

A new coating material for food packaging could keep sodas fizzy, chips crispy and military rations more edible, scientists say. It's made of a thin film of nanoscale bits of clay, the same kind used to make bricks, mixed with polymers. When viewed under an electron microscope, the film looks like bricks and mortar,… » 3/28/11 6:40pm 3/28/11 6:40pm