NNI in the News

Archive of news stories highlighted on nano.gov's homepage.
Although traditional plastics are useful in consumer products, one of the drawbacks is that they are made from petroleum products.
An NSF-funded study embeds nanoparticles into artificial joints to study degradation and wear and potentially curb the need for replacement surgeries.
Picture of Nobel Prize winners sitting at a table
These three scientists helped develop the smallest machines known to man.
Quasicrystals revealed atoms in a nonrepeating, mosaic pattern thought to be scientifically impossible; this discovery was made possible by what we now consider the tools of nanotechnology.
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.
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.
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.
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.