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Graphene Temporary Tattoo Tracks Vital Signs

A graphene health sensor that goes on the skin like a temporary tattoo takes measurements can precisely measure electrical signals from the heart, muscles, and brain, as well as skin temperature and hydration. (Learn More >>)

Liquid Biopsy Chip that Detects Metastatic Cancer Cells in Blood

The device uses antibodies attached to an array of carbon nanotubes at the bottom of a tiny well. Cancer cells settle to the bottom of the well, where they selectively bind to the antibodies based on their surface markers. (Learn More >>)

Nanoceramic Material for More Safe, Economical Nuclear Reactors

An international team of researchers has created a nanoceramic material that not only can withstand the harsh effects of radiation, but also becomes tougher under radiation. (Learn More >>)

Nanotechnology Helps Harvest Energy from Human Motion

With the low-cost device, known as a nanogenerator, the scientists successfully operated an LCD touch screen, a bank of 20 LED lights and a flexible keyboard, all with a simple touching or pressing motion and without the aid of a battery. (Learn More >>)

MIT Researchers Discover Another Weird Property of Water

Instead of boiling, water trapped inside of carbon nanotubes freezes into a solid when heated. (Learn More >>)

Ask a Nano Expert

Have a question about nanotechnology? Find an answer through NSF's "Ask a Nano Expert."Send your questions by 12/6/16 to gennano@nsf.gov. (Learn More >>)

Researchers Engineer Spinach Plants to Sense Explosives

A key component of this detection process involves having the plant absorb the chemical through its roots, as if the compounds were present in the groundwater where the plants grow. (Learn More >>)

Nanotechnology Engineers Design an Infinitesimal Computing Device

The concept involves a dense, three-dimensional circuit operating on an unconventional type of logic that could, theoretically, be packed into a block no bigger than 50 nanometers on any side. (Learn More >>)

Nano-decoy Lures Human Influenza A Virus To Its Doom

When misted into the lungs, a carefully constructed spherical nanoparticle coated in sialic acid traps influenza A, holding it until the virus self-destructs. (Learn More >>)

MIT Develops Beautiful Image Gallery for National Nanotechnology Day

In honor of the first annual National Nanotechnology Day, the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT presents an interactive peek into how researchers across the MIT campus are using nanomaterials to explore and improve the world. (Learn More >>)

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