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Our phones could soon be sending data by light

Researchers have developed a method to fabricate silicon chips that can communicate with light and are no more expensive than current chip technology. (Learn More >>)

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. (Learn More >>)

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

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

Daylight Turns Plastic Sheet into Germ-Killing Material

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. (Learn More >>)

Self-Assembling, Tunable Interfaces Found in Quantum Materials

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. (Learn More >>)

2-D Materials Enable Swarms of Floating Microbots

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. (Learn More >>)

Scientists Build Army of Metal-Organic Nanoflowers to Treat Cancer

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. (Learn More >>)

March 22nd is World Water Day

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

Argonne Invents Reusable Sponge That Soaks Up Oil

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have invented a new foam, called Oleo Sponge, that can pull dispersed oil from the entire water column—not just the surface. (Learn More >>)

One-step Catalyst Turns Nitrates into Water and Air

Engineers at Rice University’s Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) Center have found a catalyst that cleans toxic nitrates from drinking water by converting them into air and water. (Learn More >>)