Nano Tech

Robots Waltz on a Pinhead

Researchers at the Donald Lab at Duke University have built miniature robots, only a few microns tall, capable of acting in concert to achieve collaborative tasks. This ability was recently demonstrated by orchestrating a dance to a Strauss Waltz between ...

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Research Team Develops New Nanomotors

Researchers at ASU’s Biodesign Institute in Arizona report the development of a new generation of tiny nanomotors that are up to 10 times more powerful than existing motors. The research team, led by Joseph Wang, director of the Center for ...

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Carbon Nanotubes for Chemical Detection

Carbon Nanotubes for Chemical Detection

Researchers at Rice University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have recently been able to use carbon nanotubes to make the “blackest black” — the darkest material ever created, reflecting only 0.045 percent of all light shown on it.   Schematic of ...

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Conducting Plastics

Alberto Morpurgo and his team of researchers at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands recently attached a micrometer-thick crystal of an organic polymer to a similarly thin organic crystal of a second polymer creating a thin but strongly conducting ...

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New ‘Super Paper’ Stronger than Cast Iron

New ‘Super Paper’ Stronger than Cast Iron

Recently a group of researchers in Sweden and Japan reported the development of a new type of paper that resists breakage when pulled apart almost as well as that of cast iron. Composed of sub-microscopic particles of cellulose, this material, ...

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Making Nanotubes into Electric Circuits

Researchers at the University of Warwick’s Department of Chemistry have recently discovered a new way of producing carbon nanotubes from a highly sensitive ready made electric circuit. These ultramicroelectrodes may be particularly useful for the creation of ultra sensitive sensors ...

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Nanotubes to form Ultrasensitive Sensors

Nanotubes to form Ultrasensitive Sensors

Researchers at the University of Warwick’s Department of Chemistry have recently discovered a new way of producing carbon nanotubes from a highly sensitive ready made electric circuit. These ultramicroelectrodes may be particularly useful for the creation of ultra sensitive sensors ...

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Nanosoccer – a Match under the Microscope

Nanosoccer – a Match under the Microscope

Hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the second Nanosoccer tournament is currently underway at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh. This year, only three teams are competing in the 2008 U.S. “RoboCup Open”, in which miniature ...

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New Strong, Light, and Stretchy Materials

New Strong, Light, and Stretchy Materials

A team of researchers led by Ludwig Gauckler, a Professor of material science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, has created a nanocomposite of aluminum oxide and a polymer, which is as tough as metal but ...

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Nano-worms to the Rescue

Nano-worms to the Rescue

In a joint research project, scientists from the University of California, San Diego, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have designed and created tiny ‘nanoworms’. These miniature devices can be navigated through blood vessels ...

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