Thanks to pioneering nanotechnology research being developed by RMIT University researchers, people could soon be able to replace their washing machines with a little bit of sunshine. The researchers have been working on self-cleaning textiles by growing nanostructures on textiles. When exposed to light, they release a burst of energy that then degrades organic matter.
A University of Texas at Dallas research team has made electrically conducting fibers that can be reversibly stretched to more than 14 times their initial length and whose electrical conductivity increases 200-fold when stretched.
Scientists are creating and discovering new materials all the time, but few are so jaw-droppingly cool that they deserve to be recognized. Continue reading… “Coolest chemical substances humans have discovered”
US Department of Energy Scientists at the Argonne National Laboratory have found a way to use diamonds and graphene to create a new material combination that demonstrates so-called superlubricity. Continue reading… “Scientists create ‘friction-free’ material”
As certified by Fraunhofer ISE CalLab, researchers have obtained the record-breaking efficiency of 22.1% on nanostructured silicon solar cells. Continue reading… “Record for black silicon solar cell efficiency now 22.1%”
Scientists have successfully prompted parts of the body to generate new blood vessels with newly developed “nanoneedles”. Continue reading… “Nanoneedles paving the way for new regenerative medicine”
University of Texas at Dallas researchers have created a material made from nanofibers that can stretch to up to seven times its length while remaining tougher than Kevlar. Continue reading… “New stretchable structures tougher than bulletproof vests”
Developed by MIT researchers a new nanodevice can help overcome cancer cell drug resistance (after chemotherapy) by first blocking the gene that confers drug resistance, then launching a new chemotherapy attack against the disarmed tumors. Continue reading… “Nanodevice can defeat drug resistance and release cancer drugs”
A new nanostructured material could make it possible to replace bulky lenses and other optical devices with a thin sheet of material such as silicon. Continue reading… “Shrinking cameras and holographic displays with paper-thin lenses”
Nicholas Negroponte prefers extrapolations based on research to predictions. But if pushed he will make a guess about future innovation. Negroponte imagines a future where information will be delivered directly to the brain by tiny robots in your blood.