Researchers in United States and China are reporting progress toward a simple, low-cost method to make 'smart fabrics,' electronic textiles capable of detecting diseases, monitoring heart rates, and other vital signs.
Researchers at Purdue University have developed a technique that uses a laser and holograms to precisely position numerous tiny particles within seconds, representing a potential new tool to analyze biological samples or create devices using nanoassembly.
The inauguration of the Nanotechnology Center for Collaborative Research and Development at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, including a symposium on Progress in Nanotechnology Research, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 6.
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Metals Research, the University of Stuttgart and the Colorado School of Mines have constructed micromachines using the same trick that model makers use to get ships into a bottle where the masts and rigging of the sailing ship are not erected until it is in the bottle.
A team led by Stanford researchers has developed a prototype blood scanner that can find cancer markers in the bloodstream in early stages of the disease, potentially allowing for earlier treatment and dramatically improved chances of survival.
A team led by researchers at Stanford University and the University of California, Santa Cruz, has developed a compact prototype detector that uses magnetic nanotechnology to spot cancer-associated proteins in a human blood serum sample with much higher sensitivity than current detectors.
If doctors were able to conduct efficient genetic analysis at the point of care, using inexpensive, portable equipment, it would revolutionise disease detection and treatment. European researchers are close to enabling this revolution.
Professor Rod Boswell and the Space Plasma, Power and Propulsion Group at ANU have been working with plasmas for many years and recently became interested in the possibility using plasma deposition technology to dramatically reduce the cost of making fuel cells.