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Latest significant advancements in nanotechnology research. Reporting on the far-reaching impacts of new findings in nanotech on society and humanity.

“The World in 2025” Predicts Abundant Solar Power and Food, Tailored Drugs, Gene Therapies

In a recently released vision of the future, Thomson Reuters analysts predict solar power will be the dominant form of energy by 2025. Further, the report states genomic testing and manipulation will be common and lead...

Magnetically Guided Nanoparticles to Target and Destroy Diseased Cells

Currently, we take the shotgun approach to treatments for diseases like cancer. The body is indiscriminately bombarded with drugs and radiation harmful to diseased and healthy cells alike. While we may not cure cancer...

New Material Sucks Water From the Air and Stores It

As the changing climate pushes arid regions around the world to become drier, many are asking how we will continue to provide enough water for the people and crops in those areas. Some Rice University...
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Staggering Promise of Exponential Technologies in a Succinct 5-Minute Video

Have you ever wanted to explain exponential technology to someone—but didn’t know where to start? We’ve got a video for you. Watch Peter Diamandis and DrawShop discuss six key technologies at the heart of...

Nanotech Method Boosts Conventional Cancer Treatments in Pre-Clinical Trial

The conventional wisdom has it that there’s no silver bullet for treating cancer; the disease simply has too many forms for a one-size-fits-all solution. But there may be, if a recent pre-clinical animal study...

Researchers Add New Letters to Life’s Genetic Alphabet

Why does the factory of life rely exclusively on four machines, the DNA bases A, G, C and T? To get an answer, scientists at Scripps Research Institute tried working with a host of other potential base molecules. Recently, they succeeded in inserting an extra set of bases into the DNA of an E. coli bacterium, and managed to get it to reproduce with the extra DNA bases in tact.

New ‘Smart’ Gel Tags Aim To Prevent Leftovers From Becoming Science Experiments

Most of us aren’t scientists, but every once in awhile, nearly everyone unintentionally runs a science experiment in their refrigerator. If left long enough, for example, milk turns into a foul smelling yogurt analog....

Will Virus Particles Meet Their End In These Tiny Death Traps?

Nanotechnology is gradually turning its hypothetical promise into real applications. Some see nanotech-based medicines as an entirely new set of tools in a doctor’s medical bag. Among commercial companies, Vecoy Nanomedicines is most bullish on the promise of nanotechnology to combat viruses.

Contact Lenses with Infrared Vision? Ultra-thin Graphene Opens Up The Possibilities

Researchers at the University of Michigan, led by electrical engineer Zhaohui Zhong, have devised a way to capture the infrared spectrum that is no longer dependent on the cooling that makes infrared goggles so cumbersome. The method uses the nanomaterial graphene and works on a device smaller than a pinky nail.

Future Wearable Devices Need Flexible Antennas, Like This One Made of Silver Nanowires

It's difficult to make a flexible antenna to power a wearable computer because they have to transmit at a fixed bandwidth. But North Carolina State engineers Yong Zhu and Jacob Adams recently managed to build such an antenna using silver nanowires set in a flexible polymer.

Scientists Control Tiny Mechanical Probes Inside Human Cells

In what they claim is a first, researchers have navigated nanomotors inside living human cells in the lab. The motors — made from gold and ruthenium and ostensibly safe for use inside the body — derive power from ultrasound waves as the sound scatters off the ends of the rod-shaped devices. The ultrasound source can be turned down to pause the motors, and magnetism crudely controls their direction.

Intricate 3D Printed Materials Lighter Than Water and as Strong as Steel

Using precision lasers, a Nanoscribe 3D printer can print models of the Empire State building in a space the width of a human hair. Watching the machine build through the “lens” of an electron...

New Inexpensive Skin Test in Development to Diagnose Malaria in an Instant

Efforts to devise better, cheaper tests are nothing new, but Rice University researcher Dmitri Lapotko has developed the first bloodless, instant test for the disease. According to a recent paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Lapotko's test is accurate enough to detect a single infected red blood cell in 800 with no false positives.

DNA Origami to Nanomachines: Building Tiny Robots for the Body and Beyond

In 2008, Paul Rothemund gave a TED talk on a field he called DNA origami, or the creation of microscopic shapes and forms from DNA. As it turns out, Rothemund said, DNA is an ideal nanoscale building material. Life’s operating system codes for self-replicating, computing machines called cells. If we want to build our own molecular machines—why reinvent the wheel? Today’s researchers attach short strands of DNA to key points along a longer strand. Base pairs of the shorter strands adhere like pieces of tape at various points along the long strand, thus bending the long strand into shape. These include nanoscale tiles, spheres, polyhedrons, even smiley faces.

Researchers ‘Paint’ A Copy of the Mona Lisa 1/3 the Width of a Human Hair

Georgia Tech researchers recently unveiled a reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa that would likely make the Renaissance master’s jaw drop. At just 30 microns across, the image is 100,000 times smaller than the real thing—or roughly 1/3rd the width of a human hair.

Injected Nanoparticles Maintain Blood Sugar Levels In Diabetic Mice For Ten Days

A new device comprised of nanoparticles monitors blood sugar levels and releases insulin when sugar levels get too high.

Coming Soon to a Body Near You? World’s Smallest Chip to Be Swallowable

Dumb things will soon be smart—you’ve heard it repeated ad nauseum. Cyborg-Earth will bristle with uncounted hordes of tiny embedded chips; smart-roads will talk to smart-cars, warning of black ice; smart-buildings will hold court with smartphones, regulating temperature and lights to match prefences and schedule; trees, oceans, and glaciers will dutifully report real-time conditions to scientists.

Exponential Growth In Small Machines — Don’t Fear, They’re Here To Protect You

Small machines are ubiquitous. They’ve proliferated exponentially for forty years and are now all around us. Since new technology can be scary, especially small machine technologies that human eyes can’t see, I’m writing to tell their story. They’ve been here protecting us, we use them for fun and games; and we expect them to have a continued bright future. From their beginning as air bag collisions sensors for protecting, to smartphone motion games they’re moving into health and activity monitors. They’ve recently become a $10B market across their myriad uses.

Wirelessly Charged Lithium Battery Can Be Stretched, Folded, and Twisted

Singularity Hub has faithfully followed flexible displays over the last few years—and now researchers are hard at work fabricating flexible components to match. In a recent paper, Yonggang Huang and John A. Rogers of Northwestern University and the University of Illinois demonstrated a lithium-ion battery embedded in a rubber substrate that can be stretched, folded, twisted, and charged wirelessly.

Mechanical Pencil That Draws Carbon Nanotubes Developed By MIT Researchers

Here's something you may not realize: the graphite in inexpensive pencil lead has the same chemical composition as carbon nanotubes, considered a "Golden Child" of futuristic materials because they make highly sensitive sensors. Now,...

New IBM Microscope Technique Has Resolution 100 Times Smaller Than An Atom

Here's a challenge: envision a trillionth of something. You might think of one penny compared to 10 billion dollars. Or how in travelling one meter, the Earth completes around a trillionth of its annual...
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George Skidmore Discusses Nanotechnology, Singularity University

George Skidmore, Principal Scientist at DRS Technologies, discusses nanotechnology. Part of the Graduate Studies Program 2012 lecture series.
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Ralph Merkle Discusses Molecular Nanotechnology, Part 2, Singularity University

Ralph Merkle, researcher in public key cryptography, molecular nanotechnology, and cryonics, discusses molecular nanotechnology and positional assembly. Part of the Graduate Studies Program 2012.
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Andrew Minor Discusses Nanomaterials, Singularity University

Andrew Minor discusses nanomaterials and nanomechanical size effects. Part of the Graduate Studies Program 2012 Lecture Series.
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Ralph Merkle, Executive Program December 2011

Ralph Merkle gives a comprehensive high level overview of the Nanotechnology space.
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Liquipel – An Invisible Waterproof Nano-Coating For Your Smartphone (video)

Raise your hand if you’ve ever dropped your smartphone in the toilet. Don't feel bad, according to Danny McPhail, president of Santa Anna, California-based startup Liquipel, that’s how 50 percent of smartphones meet a...

Help Accelerate Nanotechnology: Donate to the Foresight Institute With Matching Gifts Through Jan 15th

For twenty five years the Foresight Institute has been one of the leading proponents of nanotechnology, and 2011 was no exception. A 25th anniversary conference in June gathered visionary minds like Moon Express' Barney...
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Nanotechnology On The Internet – Videos of 25th Anniversary Foresight Reunion Now Online

Don't worry if you missed it, you can time travel and attend the Foresight Institute's 25th Anniversary Reunion through the magic of the internet. The conference, hosted on Google's campus in Silicon Valley, explored...

Foresight’s Nanotech Conference at Google June 25-26 ($50 OFF To Hub Readers!)

Back in 1986, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth and shoulderpads were popular, forward minded scientists and friends gathered together to form the Foresight Institute - arguably the premiere futurist organization focused on nanotechnology. Now,...

Nanotech Implant Monitors for Cancer and Now Heart Attacks, Too

Heart attacks and cancer account for nearly half of all deaths in the United States - they're the two biggest killers walking the streets, but MIT isn't afraid. Michael Cima and his team developed...

Nanowire Polymer Film Turns Any Surface into a Multitouch Interface

Portuguese engineers have taken us one step closer to fusing the digital and physical worlds. Displax, a fledgling tech company in Braga, has developed a device that can read the electrical disturbances in a...

Impressive Nano Layer of Liquid Glass To Coat Every Surface in Your Life

A Germany company is determined to coat your life in a thin layer of Liquid Glass. Also known as SiO2 in ultra thin layering, this transparent film of material is only 100 nm thick...

Nanotech Contact Lens Monitors Diabetes by Changing Color

The body can be a confusing place, and when you're ill sometimes you just wish you could see what the problem is. For diabetics, that wish may be coming true. Professor Jin Zhang at...

healthBase Medical Search Engine has Wins and Epic Fails

Surf the Internet these days and you're likely to drown in a sea of information. New "better than search" engines like Bing, and Wolfram Alpha hope to provide users not just with content, but...

Stanford Creates World’s Smallest Writing, Less Than a Nanometer

"Stanford researchers have reclaimed bragging rights for creating the world's smallest writing, a distinction the University first gained in 1985 and lost in 1990." Thus begins an article from Stanford that chronicles the history of...

IBM Research Creates 3D Microscope With 100 Million Times Finer Resolution Than Current MRI

IBM Research issued a major press release today announcing the creation of a microscope that can determine the 3-Dimensional structure of large molecules, bacteria, viruses and other nano sized structures with a resolution of...

Captivating Review of the Emerging Field of Nanotechnology

Canada's Globemail has an article titled "Science of tiny raises big hopes, big fears" written by Dean Bennet that gives a captivating view of the emerging field of nanotechnology.  If you have the time and...

Solar Power Game-Changer: Near Perfect Absorption of Sunlight, From All Angles

A huge leap has been made in the creation of high efficiency, cost effective solar power with the announcement of the world's first material that absorbs the entire spectrum of sunlight (UV, visible, and...

Intel: Human and computer intelligence will merge in 40 years

Add Intel's CTO and senior fellow Justin Rattner to the growing list of singularity proponents according to an article from computerworld. According to Rattner: "...perhaps as early as 2012 we'll see the lines between...

Nanotechnology Overhyped in the Past…Booming Today!

In a press release Lux Research reports that nanotechnology is in the midst of a phenomenal boom, predicted to find its way into an astonishing $3.1 trillion worth of products by 2015. In...

Birth of nanotechnology documented by this historic IBM photo

From the IEEE report on the singularity I found a cool reference to the birth of nanotechnology in the article titled "Rupturing The Nanotech Rapture" By Richard A.L. Jones: "The birth...

IEEE special report on the singularity

IEEE produced a special report on the singularity in its June 2008 issue located here: http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/singularity This is a comprehensive report, representing many diverse views about the singularity from a selection of tech luminaries and scholars...

Physicists tweak quantum force, reducing barrier to nano sized devices

The University of Florida today reports that scientists have reduced the Casimir force between two metal plates by changing the surface of the plates from a flat surface into a corrugated or comb-like structure. The...

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