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Solar Powered, Nano-Enabled Device Pulls Drinking Water Out of Air

A single tissue box-sized device can harvest up to 2.8 liters, or about three quarts, of water in one day at low humidity — that’s a bit more than the half gallon of water experts recommend a person drink over the course of a day. (Learn More >>)

Portable Nanofiber Offers Significant Possibilities

The material could be used for everything from dressing wounds on a battlefield or creating engineered tissue to improving bullet proof vests or creating fashion-forward customizable fabrics. (Learn More >>)

DNA Could Store All of the World's Data in One Room

U.S. researchers report that they’ve come up with a new way to encode digital data in DNA to create the highest-density large-scale data storage scheme ever invented. (Learn More >>)

Winner Announced for NNI’s Nano Film Contest

A nanoscience PhD student and a film student from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro team up to share a story about portable sensors. (Learn More >>)

Scientists Determine Precise 3D Location and Identity of all 23,000 Atoms in a Nanoparticle

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Lab used one of the world’s most powerful electron microscopes to map the precise location and chemical type of 23,000 atoms in an iron and platinum nanoparticle. (Learn More >>)

Squeezed Light Cools Tiny Drum to Coldest Temperature Ever

A new technique developed by a team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado, uses “squeezed” light to get atoms colder than is possible with regular laser cooling. (Learn More >>)

Graphene Temporary Tattoo Tracks Vital Signs

A graphene health sensor that goes on the skin like a temporary tattoo takes measurements can precisely measure electrical signals from the heart, muscles, and brain, as well as skin temperature and hydration. (Learn More >>)

Liquid Biopsy Chip that Detects Metastatic Cancer Cells in Blood

The device uses antibodies attached to an array of carbon nanotubes at the bottom of a tiny well. Cancer cells settle to the bottom of the well, where they selectively bind to the antibodies based on their surface markers. (Learn More >>)

Nanoceramic Material for More Safe, Economical Nuclear Reactors

An international team of researchers has created a nanoceramic material that not only can withstand the harsh effects of radiation, but also becomes tougher under radiation. (Learn More >>)

Nanotechnology Helps Harvest Energy from Human Motion

With the low-cost device, known as a nanogenerator, the scientists successfully operated an LCD touch screen, a bank of 20 LED lights and a flexible keyboard, all with a simple touching or pressing motion and without the aid of a battery. (Learn More >>)