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Nanoparticles could offer a new way to help eradicate polio worldwide

May 21, 2018
A new nanoparticle vaccine developed by MIT researchers could assist efforts to eradicate polio worldwide.

Butterfly wings inspire light-manipulating surface for medical implants

April 30, 2018
Inspired by tiny nanostructures on transparent butterfly wings, engineers at Caltech have developed a synthetic analogue for eye implants that makes them more effective and longer-lasting.

Our phones could soon be sending data by light

April 27, 2018
Researchers have developed a method to fabricate silicon chips that can communicate with light and are no more expensive than current chip technology.

Scalable manufacturing process spools out strips of graphene for use in ultrathin membranes

MIT engineers have developed a continuous manufacturing process that produces long strips of high-quality graphene.

Nanosilicates grow bone and cartilage tissue from stem cells in the absence of growth factors

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Human stem cells have shown potential in medicine as they can transform to various specialized cell types such as bone and cartilage cells.

Daylight Turns Plastic Sheet into Germ-Killing Material

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Scientists have developed membranes that produce a tiny bit of disinfecting hydrogen peroxide when exposed to light. They could find their way into food packaging as well, the researchers say, helping cut down on foodborne diseases.

Self-Assembling, Tunable Interfaces Found in Quantum Materials

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A potential revolution in device engineering could be underway, thanks to the discovery of functional electronic interfaces in quantum materials that can self-assemble spontaneously.

2-D Materials Enable Swarms of Floating Microbots

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Researchers at MIT have devised a way to graft nanoscale electronic devices onto floating microscale particles to monitor everything from gases in a range of environments to the human digestive system.

Scientists Build Army of Metal-Organic Nanoflowers to Treat Cancer

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Doctors have used radiation to treat cancer for over a century, but it's always been a delicate art to direct treatment while avoiding healthy tissue.

March 22nd is World Water Day

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In honor of World Water Day, Nano.gov is releasing new podcasts and Nano Nuggets on nanotechnology’s role in providing clean water.