Durable paint, water purification, faster computers, tougher shoe soles, and lighter and cheaper televisions are all possibilities now that a Queensland University of Technology scientist has discovered a way to disperse gold nanoparticles evenly through plastic.
Scientists have successfully used a specialized fluorescent protein to visualize electrical activity in neurons of living mice. In a milestone study, scientists are able to apply the method to watch activity in nerve cells during animal behavior.
A University of Florida engineering researcher has crafted a nickel-sized imaging device that uses organic light-emitting diode technology similar to that found in cell phone or laptop screens for night vision.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has been awarded $8.6 million in Recovery Act funding for what the DOE calls 'ambitious research projects that could fundamentally change the way the country uses and produces energy'.
A new national survey on public attitudes toward medical applications and physical enhancements that rely on nanotechnology shows that support for the technology increases when the public is informed of the technology's risks as well as its benefits - at least among those people who have heard of nanotechnology.
A recently published article discusses the huge impact that informatics will have in the immediate future on vanguard medicine and innovation in a field, translational nanoinformatics, that is set to translate advances in basic nanomedical research into clinical applications of growing importance.
MIT researchers are exploring a new technology funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the National Science Foundation, which they call a thermopower wave, that may convert chemical energy to fuel cells for micro-machines, sensors and emergency communication beacons.
The Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment at the University of California, San Francisco, has developed a draft set of policy recommendations to address potential health risk from nanomaterials and nanotechnology for the state of California.
A novel mechanism for long-term air retention under water is found in the sophisticated surface design of the water fern Salvinia. Its floating leaves are evenly covered with complex hydrophobic hairs retaining a layer of air when submerged under water. This Salvinia Effect provides an innovative concept to develop biomimetic surfaces with long-term air-retention capabilities for under water applications.
This new treatment for war injuries includes using a process or technology called Photochemical Tissue Bonding, which can replace conventional sutures, staples and glues in repairing skin wounds, reconnecting severed peripheral nerves, blood vessels, tendons and incisions in the cornea.
German scientists have refined and used a method to observe how individual nerve cells process visual information in a living brain. The new microscopic method made it possible for them to study tiny synapses on a single neuron, and to determine that each individual neuron performs an important role in sensory processing.