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First million digits of pi engraved on sapphire crystal with gold

The engraving contains 200 times more digits than any other known engraving and is a landmark feat for the never-ending constant. The characters are so small that two digits can be etched on the end of a human hair. (Learn More >>)

Printed flexible CNTs for cheaper electronics, wall-sized displays

Researchers used a conventional, high-throughput printing process to create sheets of high-quality carbon nanotube transistors on flexible plastic (PET) sheets. These flexible sheets are made from the same kind plastic as the Coke bottle. (Learn More >>)

Nano-enabled smart windows

Unlike existing technologies, the coating provides selective control over visible light and heat-producing near-infrared (NIR) light, so windows can maximize energy savings and comfort in a wide range of climates. (Learn More >>)

"Mini Lisa," a nano-sized replica of the Mona Lisa

The world's most famous painting has now been created on the world's smallest canvas. Researchers at Georgia Tech "painted" the Mona Lisa on a substrate surface approximately 30 microns in width - or one-third the width of a human hair. (Learn More >>)

Nanoscale thermostat to measure and control temperature inside living cells

This DARPA-funded research could lead to better thermal management of electronics, monitoring the structural integrity of high-performance materials, cell-specific treatment of disease, and new tools for medical research. (Learn More >>)

Tattoo biosensor warns when athletes are about to 'hit the wall'

The sensor monitors lactate, a form of lactic acid released in sweat when the muscles need more energy than the body can supply from “aerobic” respiration. At a certain point, the lactate build up is too much and an athlete just cannot continue. (Learn More >>)

Researchers break record for thinnest light-absorber

Stanford scientists have created the thinnest, most efficient absorber of visible light on record. The nanosize structure, thousands of times thinner than an ordinary sheet of paper, could lower the cost and improve the efficiency of solar cell. (Learn More >>)

Exposure to air transforms gold alloys into catalytic nanostructures

Brookhaven Lab scientists create novel core-shell gold-indium oxide nanoparticles through room-temperature oxidation. (Learn More >>)

Nanocubes Help Scientists Tell Left from Right

Scientists at DOE's Brookhaven National Laboratory and Ohio University used gold-and-silver cubic nanoparticles to amplify the difference in left- and right-handed molecules' response to a particular kind of light. (Learn More >>)

Light-carved ‘nano-volcanoes’ hold promise for drug delivery

Researchers created nano-volcanoes by shining various colors of light through a nanoscale “crystal ball” made of a synthetic polymer. The nano-volcanoes can store precise amounts of other materials and hold promise for new drug-delivery technologies. (Learn More >>)