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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 >>)

Nanosensor detects harmful airborne substances

This “electronic nose” sensor is currently being commercialized and will be further refined to detect deadly pathogens including toxic pesticides in the global food supply chain. (Learn More >>)

Carbon nanotube catalyst could jumpstart e-cars, green energy

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have designed a new type of nanostructured-carbon-based catalyst that could enable the practical use of wind- and solar-powered electricity, as well as enhanced hybrid electric vehicles. (Learn More >>)

Gorgeous nanocrystal flowers sprout under electron microscope

By making slight alterations in the acidity and concentration of chemicals, a Harvard researcher discovered how to control the growth of self-assembling crystals, resulting in stunning, flower-like structures. (Learn More >>)

Graphene study confirms 40-year-old physics prediction

Researchers from the U.S. and Japan have observed a rare quantum effect that produces a repeating butterfly-shaped energy spectrum, confirming the longstanding prediction of this quantum fractal energy structure called Hofstadter’s butterfly. (Learn More >>)

Injectable nanoparticles may simplify treatment for Type 1 Diabetes

Injectable nanoparticles developed at MIT may someday eliminate the need for patients with Type 1 diabetes to constantly monitor their blood-sugar levels and inject themselves with insulin. (Learn More >>)

NNI Supplement to the President's 2014 Budget

This document gives a description of the activities underway in 2012 and 2013 and planned for 2014 by the Federal Government agencies participating in the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). (Learn More >>)

Can Solar Energy Get Bigger by Thinking Small?

National Geographic looks into advances in solar energy and examines the various ways in which nanotechnology could provide a gigantic boost in solar energy efficiency and affordability. (Learn More >>)

Nanotube-infused silicone liquid crystal stiffens with repeated compression

Squeeze a piece of silicone and it quickly returns to its original shape. But scientists at Rice University have discovered that the liquid crystal phase of silicone becomes 90% stiffer when silicone is gently and repeatedly compressed. (Learn More >>)