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Researchers Engineer Spinach Plants to Sense Explosives

Picture of spinach plants
A key component of this detection process involves having the plant absorb the chemical through its roots, as if the compounds were present in the groundwater where the plants grow.

Nanotechnology Engineers Design an Infinitesimal Computing Device

Drawing of a quantum computing device
The concept involves a dense, three-dimensional circuit operating on an unconventional type of logic that could, theoretically, be packed into a block no bigger than 50 nanometers on any side.

Nano-decoy Lures Human Influenza A Virus To Its Doom

Illustration of nanoparticle decoy that traps flu virus
When misted into the lungs, a carefully constructed spherical nanoparticle coated in sialic acid traps influenza A, holding it until the virus self-destructs.

MIT Develops Beautiful Image Gallery for National Nanotechnology Day

MIT Koch Lab collage showing dozens of different microrgraphs and images
In honor of the first annual National Nanotechnology Day, the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT presents an interactive peek into how researchers across the MIT campus are using nanomaterials to explore and improve the world.

Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded for Nanoscale Machines

Picture of Nobel Prize winners sitting at a table
These three scientists helped develop the smallest machines known to man.

What Are You Doing for National Nanotechnology Day?

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On October 9th, 2016, a series of community-led events and activities will help to raise awareness of nanotechnology, how it is currently used in products that enrich our daily lives, and the challenges and opportunities it holds for the future.

‘Octobot’ Is The World’s First Soft-Bodied Robot

Simulation of octobot, a clear gel, plastic spider with visible lights inside
The researchers created a new elastomeric material containing fumed silica nanoparticles that exhibits thixotropic behavior.

Smarter Self-Assembly Opens New Pathways for Nanotechnology

Researcher at Brookhaven in protective clothing
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have just developed a way to direct the self-assembly of multiple molecular patterns within a single material, producing new nanoscale architectures.

Nanoparticle Delivers Cancer Drugs to Tumor Blood Vessels

Nanoparticle illustration
A tumor’s blood vessels may express proteins—such as P-selectin—that researchers can potentially exploit, by engineering their nanoparticles to recognize and latch onto those proteins, which enables them to reach the tumor.

IBM Makes Lab-on-a-Chip that Could Detect Cancer, Diseases At Home

Photo of IBM's lab on a chip
IBM researchers are has been able to redesign silicon-based technologies to create a diagnostic device that can separate viruses, DNA, and other nanoscale-size biological targets through simple samples.