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US-based scientists build the first carbon nanotube computer

The invention shows that carbon fiber transistors can be assembled into a general purpose computer, which can run a basic operating system, perform calculations and switch between different processes running at the same time. (Learn More >>)

Shattering records: The world's thinnest glass

Just two atoms in thickness, making it literally two-dimensional, the glass was an accidental discovery that occurred when researchers were making graphene. (Learn More >>)

NNI R3 Workshop Webcast Archive Now Available for Viewing

See the archived webcast from the R3 workshop, held in Washington, DC on Sept. 10-11, 2013. This public workshop highlighted practical tools that might be used by Federal and non-Federal decision makers in their consideration of potential risks. (Learn More >>)

A new super material is emerging

High-quality BNNT material has been notoriously difficult to make. Even a year ago, you could literally hold the world's supply of synthesized high-quality BNNT material in one hand at the NASA lab. (Learn More >>)

First million digits of pi engraved on sapphire crystal with gold

The engraving contains 200 times more digits than any other known engraving and is a landmark feat for the never-ending constant. The characters are so small that two digits can be etched on the end of a human hair. (Learn More >>)

Printed flexible CNTs for cheaper electronics, wall-sized displays

Researchers used a conventional, high-throughput printing process to create sheets of high-quality carbon nanotube transistors on flexible plastic (PET) sheets. These flexible sheets are made from the same kind plastic as the Coke bottle. (Learn More >>)

Nano-enabled smart windows

Unlike existing technologies, the coating provides selective control over visible light and heat-producing near-infrared (NIR) light, so windows can maximize energy savings and comfort in a wide range of climates. (Learn More >>)

"Mini Lisa," a nano-sized replica of the Mona Lisa

The world's most famous painting has now been created on the world's smallest canvas. Researchers at Georgia Tech "painted" the Mona Lisa on a substrate surface approximately 30 microns in width - or one-third the width of a human hair. (Learn More >>)

Nanoscale thermostat to measure and control temperature inside living cells

This DARPA-funded research could lead to better thermal management of electronics, monitoring the structural integrity of high-performance materials, cell-specific treatment of disease, and new tools for medical research. (Learn More >>)

Tattoo biosensor warns when athletes are about to 'hit the wall'

The sensor monitors lactate, a form of lactic acid released in sweat when the muscles need more energy than the body can supply from “aerobic” respiration. At a certain point, the lactate build up is too much and an athlete just cannot continue. (Learn More >>)