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Can Nanoscience Quench a Thirsty World?

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. (Learn More >>)

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

This tool may enable scientists to breed plants that use water more efficiently. (Learn More >>)

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. (Learn More >>)

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. (Learn More >>)

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. (Learn More >>)

Graphene nano tweezers can grab individual biomolecules

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. (Learn More >>)

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. (Learn More >>)

'Smart' Paper Can Conduct Electricity, Detect Water

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. (Learn More >>)

New Architecture for High-Performance Quantum Photonic Circuits

Scientists at NIST and their collaborators have taken a new step forward in the quest to build quantum photonic circuits—chip-based devices that rely on the quantum properties of light to process and communicate information rapidly and securely. (Learn More >>)

How Flint’s Fight for Clean Water Inspired ‘America’s Top Young Scientist’

Eleven-year-old Gitanjali Rao won the 2017 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge with a device designed to test whether water contains lead. (Learn More >>)