NNI in the News

Archive of news stories highlighted on nano.gov's homepage.
The nanoparticles—dubbed nanoflares—attach themselves to individual cancer cells in a blood sample and then glow, allowing cancerous cells to be detected and sorted with the help of a laser.
By making slight alterations in the acidity and concentration of chemicals, a Harvard researcher discovered how to control the growth of self-assembling crystals, resulting in stunning, flower-like structures.
See video of the plenary talks and all of the presentation slides from the hugely successful NNI & OECD joint workshop, Assessing the Economic Impact of Nanotechnology.
Solar Powered Drinking Water Device
A single tissue box-sized device can harvest up to 2.8 liters, or about three quarts, of water in one day at low humidity — that’s a bit more than the half gallon of water experts recommend a person drink over the course of a day.
Scientists at DOE's Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley created a hybrid system of semiconducting nanowires and bacteria that mimics the natural process used by plants.
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.
Using femtosecond pulses from an 800-nm laser, researchers created this 285 micron racecar in just 4 minutes.
Farmer in a field of spinach
Researchers are experimenting with nano-sized nutrients that might help curb chemical fungicide use and transform agriculture on the cheap.
A group of scientists has stumbled upon a previously unknown characteristic of silicon, one that could make for faster, optical computers.
By changing its shape and binding to consecutive parts of the tube's surface, these natural molecules are able to travel as far as a micrometer (1,000 nanometers) by taking steps of 8 nanometers at a time.