What Will the Future of Molecular Manufacturing Really Be Like?

Molecular machines are nano-scale assemblers that construct themselves and their surroundings into ever more complex structures. Sometimes dubbed "nanotech" in the media, these devices are promising — but also widely misunderstood. Here's what separates the science fact from science fiction. » 2/16/15 7:00am 2/16/15 7:00am

Graphene Foam Sure Looks Stunning Up-Close

This isn't some tortured starfish or CGIed brain synapse. Nope: you're looking at an extreme close-up of graphene foam, captured using an electron microscope. » 11/19/14 6:45am 11/19/14 6:45am

Scallop-Like Nanobots Could Someday Swim Through Your Blood and Eyeballs

File under disgusting/interesting: Scientists have designed a new type of nanobot that could swim through your bodily fluids by mimicking the motion of scallops in the ocean. » 11/05/14 12:32pm 11/05/14 12:32pm

How Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Taught Me to Love Technology

You might not believe me, but I was kind of a nerd when I was a kid. My family lived out in the mountains, miles away from anyone my age, so I spent my days buried in books and playing with my rock collection. Then, the summer before I started kindergarten, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids hit theaters and my world view… » 7/23/14 8:00pm 7/23/14 8:00pm

Carbon Nanotube Transistors That'll Save Moore's Law Are Coming in 2020

Our world of amazingly tiny electronics is about to get even tinier. After a decade of research, IBM says it'll bring carbon nanotube transistors to market by 2020. The company is now readying the technology to take over from silicon transistors, and that opens up a lot of exciting doors. » 7/01/14 10:26am 7/01/14 10:26am

These Robotic Sperm Could Change the Way In Vitro Fertilization Works

A team of Dutch engineers just published the details of a curious new invention: tiny robotic sperm that can be controlled with a weak magnetic field. Like real sperm, these so-called MagnetoSperm flip their tails to swim towards their target. Unlike real sperm, they're made of metal-coated polymer. » 6/03/14 3:40pm 6/03/14 3:40pm

The World's Smallest Nanomotor Spins as Fast as a Jet Engine

A team of engineers at the University of Texas at Austin recently created the world's smallest, fastest nanomotor. Designed to power microscopic machines that could deliver medicine or fight cancer, this thing will fit inside of a human cell. And boy can it purr. » 5/20/14 4:00pm 5/20/14 4:00pm

This Mechanical Nano-Lance Is One Hundredth the Size of a Human Hair

You may think this looks like the surface of the Death Star, but actually it's a microscopic device that delivers DNA into the nucleus of a single cell. » 5/16/14 12:40pm 5/16/14 12:40pm

Scientists Built an Impossibly Small Engine But Don't Know How It Works

It must be fun to invent something. One day it does not exist, and the next day it exists. But how would you feel if you didn't exactly know why your new invention worked? The minds behind this all-new microscopic engine could tell you. » 3/12/14 6:00pm 3/12/14 6:00pm

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

Crazy Nanotech Skin Can Make Bouncing Balloons of Liquid Metal

Liquid metal technology. That's Terminator 2 stuff, right? Well you better start running now, John Connor, because it's here. A new, flexible, conductive nano-coating lets liquid metal keep its form by transforming under high pressure, and then springing right back. » 1/14/13 10:53am 1/14/13 10:53am

Highest-Res Color Printer Ever Fits Images on a Human Hair

This image might look a little grainy to you, but you really should give it a chance. What you're looking at is the output from the world's highest resolution color printer, and it's actually an extreme close-up of an image that measures just 50 micrometers across—the same width as a human hair. » 8/13/12 5:31am 8/13/12 5:31am

Nano-Particles Could Manufacture Cancer-Killing Drugs Inside Your Body

MIT researchers have built a nano-scale, drug-producing factory that could provide precision cancer tumor-killing inside your body. » 4/11/12 3:40pm 4/11/12 3:40pm

These Nanostars Kill Cancer Without Ever Penetrating a Cell

Everyone can't stop talking about how nanotechnology is the future of healthcare, but so far we've not seen many useful applications. Finally, here's one: these nano-scale gold stars can kill cancer cells dead without ever entering them. » 4/05/12 4:20pm 4/05/12 4:20pm

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

The Miraculous NASA Breakthrough That Could Save Millions of Lives…

There are no hospitals in space. The closest E.R. is back on Earth, and astronauts can't exactly jump in a cab to get there. So what happens if the sun burps out a massive blast of radiation while an astronaut is space-amblin' by? » 2/08/12 12:00pm 2/08/12 12:00pm

The Money of the Future Will Shine Like Crazy

The Blue Morpho butterfly shines such a brilliant blue it almost seems electric. Its secret? Microscopic holes that play with light in an incredible way. And by using nanotechnology, we can replicate those same effects on printed objects, like money. Bling! » 12/12/11 1:00pm 12/12/11 1:00pm

Stanford Develops Nanotube-Infused Artificial Skin for Robots and…

Man and machine might not be that different in the future—especially if they share the same synthetic skin being developed at Stanford University. » 10/25/11 12:00am 10/25/11 12:00am