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Scientists design bacteria to reflect 'sonar' signals for ultrasound imaging

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The ultimate goal is to be able to inject therapeutic bacteria into a patient's body and then use ultrasound machines to generate images that reveal the locations of the microbes.

Fast, Inexpensive Tuberculosis Test May be Possible With Nanotechnology

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Scientists at George Mason University have improved by at least 100 times the accuracy of testing for a sugar shed by tuberculosis bacteria, meaning that a simple dipstick urine test may soon become possible.

Can Nanoscience Quench a Thirsty World?

Water stress world map
Within 30 years, at least one out of every four people on Earth will live in countries with “chronic or recurrent” lack of clean water, according to the United Nations.

Wearable Sensors for Plants, Enabling Measurements of Water Use in Crops

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This tool may enable scientists to breed plants that use water more efficiently.

Researchers Developing, Testing Nanovaccine to Protect against the Flu Virus

For many of us, a flu shot is a fall routine. Roll up a sleeve, take a needle to the upper arm and hope this year’s vaccine matches whichever viruses circulate through the winter.

Engineers create plants that glow

Imagine that instead of switching on a lamp when it gets dark, you could read by the light of a glowing plant on your desk.

Scientists shape DNA into doughnuts, teddy bears, and an image of the Mona Lisa

Scientists have made a big advance in building shapes out of the so-called building blocks of life.

Graphene nano tweezers can grab individual biomolecules

graphene nano tweezers
Researchers from the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering have found yet another remarkable use for the wonder material graphene—tiny electronic “tweezers” that can grab biomolecules floating in water with incredible efficiency.

Revolutionary Imaging Technique Uses CRISPR to Map DNA Mutations

A team of scientists led by Virginia Commonwealth University physicist Jason Reed, Ph.D., have developed new nanomapping technology that could transform the way disease-causing genetic mutations are diagnosed and discovered.

'Smart' Paper Can Conduct Electricity, Detect Water

Smart paper
The American Water Works Association indicates that nearly a quarter-million water line breaks occur each year in the U.S., costing public water utilities about $2.8 billion annually.