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A Higher(er)-Definition Nose

Sensors that sniff out chemicals in the air to warn us about everything from fires to carbon monoxide to drunk drivers to explosive devices hidden in luggage have improved so much that they can even detect diseases on a person's breath. (Learn More >>)

Synapse Mimic may Provide a Link to Brain-like Computers

Engineers and physicists from NIST have now developed a component that they claim behaves in the same way as synapses and may even be able to outperform real synapses in some respects. (Learn More >>)

DARPA Wants to Build an Image Search Engine out of DNA

A digital microfluidics prototype automates DNA data-storage steps at UW's Molecular Information Systems Lab. A single droplet (here dyed blue) could carry multiple terabytes of information. (Learn More >>)

A Stopwatch for Nanofluids

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has filed a provisional patent application for a microflow measurement system. (Learn More >>)

Scientists design bacteria to reflect 'sonar' signals for ultrasound imaging

The ultimate goal is to be able to inject therapeutic bacteria into a patient's body and then use ultrasound machines to generate images that reveal the locations of the microbes. (Learn More >>)

Fast, Inexpensive Tuberculosis Test May be Possible With Nanotechnology

Scientists at George Mason University have improved by at least 100 times the accuracy of testing for a sugar shed by tuberculosis bacteria, meaning that a simple dipstick urine test may soon become possible. (Learn More >>)

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 >>)