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Nanoparticles digging the world's smallest tunnels

Researchers dug tiny tunnels into graphite samples and created nanoporous graphite for potential use in medical applications and battery technology. (Learn More >>)

A new level of control over liquid crystals

Directed assembly is where scientists aim to manufacture nanostructures without individually manipulating each component. Instead, they set out precisely defined starting conditions and let the physics and chemistry do the rest. (Learn More >>)

World's smallest magnet made of only five iron atoms

The peculiar properties of magnets have found their way into a vast number of technologies ranging from information technology to medical imaging. (Learn More >>)

Slice, stack, roll: A nanofiber method for collagen scaffolds

This new technique leverages the natural properties of collagen, opening the door to biomedical applications including tissue engineering. (Learn More >>)

Nanotube lens serves as invisible sonic scalpel

By converting light into tiny, targeted soundwaves, this carbon nanotube lens could usher in a new era of ultra-precise, non-invasive surgery. (Learn More >>)

Nanofibers clean sulfur from fuel

Researchers found that metal oxide nanofibers are much more efficient at removing sulfur than traditional materials. These nanofibers could lead to better, lower cost catalysts, or be used in advanced energy applications and toxic gas removal. (Learn More >>)

Seeing in color at the nanoscale

Researchers at DOE's Berkeley Lab have a new microscopy tool called the "campanile" tip that delivers exquisite chemical details and information on interactions with light--the atomic microscopy equivalent to color. (Learn More >>)

Drag-and-Drop Drug Development

Using a simple "drag-and-drop" computer interface and DNA self-assembly techniques, researchers have developed a new approach for drug development that could drastically reduce the time required to create and test medications. (Learn More >>)

Nanosensor mimics dog's nose to detect explosives

This device is reportedly capable of real-time detection and identification of certain types of molecules at concentrations of one part per billion or below. (Learn More >>)

Nanotextured butterfly wings inspire self-cleaning surfaces

These nanotextured surfaces prevent dirt build up and reduce drag, and could enable applications ranging from more efficient airplanes to self-cleaning medical equipment. (Learn More >>)