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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 >>)

MIT Researchers Discover Another Weird Property of Water

Instead of boiling, water trapped inside of carbon nanotubes freezes into a solid when heated. (Learn More >>)

Ask a Nano Expert

Have a question about nanotechnology? Find an answer through NSF's "Ask a Nano Expert."Send your questions by 12/6/16 to (Learn More >>)

Researchers Engineer Spinach Plants to Sense Explosives

A key component of this detection process involves having the plant absorb the chemical through its roots, as if the compounds were present in the groundwater where the plants grow. (Learn More >>)

Nanotechnology Engineers Design an Infinitesimal Computing Device

The concept involves a dense, three-dimensional circuit operating on an unconventional type of logic that could, theoretically, be packed into a block no bigger than 50 nanometers on any side. (Learn More >>)