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Microscopic antennas to peer into nano-sized worlds
Microscopic antennas to peer into nano-sized worlds Vast arrays of antennas are being built to capture infrared light beams. You won’t find them in a desert though, pointed out towards space.
Nano-coating to protect buildings against pollution
Nano-coating to protect buildings against pollution The photocatalytic properties of anatase , one of the three naturally occurring forms of titanium dioxide , were discovered in Japan in the late 1960s.
Designing ultra-sensitive biosensors for early personalised diagnostics
Designing ultra-sensitive biosensors for early personalised diagnostics Personalised medicine is one of the new developments that is deemed to revolutionise health care. A key component is the detection of biomarkers, proteins in blood or saliva, for example, whose presence or abnormal concentration is caused by a disease.
Pietro Gucciardi – Working towards a single-molecule biosensor
Pietro Gucciardi – Working towards a single-molecule biosensor Until now, few biosensors have had the required sensitivity to detect single molecules. A novel approach for improved biosensor sensitivity has opened new avenues for developing new kinds of biosensors.
Nanosilver in textiles – friend or foe?
Nanosilver in textiles – friend or foe? Silver has been used as biocide for medical purposes since the 1930s. Today nanometric size silver particles are used to prevent unpleasant odour caused by bacteria in sport shirts or socks .
Turning tyres into gas for energy and new, valuable materials
Turning tyres into gas for energy and new, valuable materials Europe's tyre waste production is 3 million tonnes per year. Currently 65% to 70% of used tyres end up in landfills. Not only are they causing environmental damage, but a loss of added value in the form of new products that recycling can generate .
Jànos Nagy: On nanopportunities
Jànos Nagy: On nanopportunities These cylinders of precisely ordered carbon atoms are finding uses in a wide variety of industries due to their unique mechanical, electrical and thermal properties. Jànos B.
Revamping nanotubes
Revamping nanotubes Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are set to become an important material for the future. That’s because they are light, robust, and highly conductive, both electrically and thermally whilst still being chemically stable.
The Artificial Finger
The Artificial Finger Now European researchers of the projects NanoBioTact and NanoBioTouch delve deep into the mysteries of touch and have developed the first sensitive artificial finger .
A touchy feely artificial finger
A touchy feely artificial finger An artificial finger could benefit patients with a missing finger in many ways. The most obvious, would be to add sensory feedback to their prosthesis . In addition, remote surgery could also benefit from a well-functioning artificial finger.
Gold nanoparticles enhance cancer diagnostics
Gold nanoparticles enhance cancer diagnostics Gold nanoparticles ( AuNPs ) present the many advantages of displaying relative biocompatibility, high light absorption and strong optical scattering properties. They are therefore good candidates to be used as probes for cancer imaging .
Artificial Noses as Diseases Busters
Artificial Noses as Diseases Busters Artificial noses have, until now, been used to detect diseases such as urinary tract infection, Helicobacter pylori, tuberculosis, ear, nose and throat conditions and even lung cancer.
Nano Nose Smells Cancer
Nano Nose Smells Cancer Chances of survival of prostate cancer depend strongly on the stage at which the disease is diagnosed. Now scientists have developed new methods relying on an electronic nose and optoacoustics to improve the diagnosis techniques and avoid fatal treatment delays.
Transparent Electronics
Transparent Electronics In the MULTIFLEXIOXIDES project scientist have developed new cost-efficient, long lasting, light, flexible and transparent devices which can display information directly on the windscreen.
Beauty is in the moth's eyes
Beauty is in the moth's eyes If you wear glasses, you are probably reading this article by looking through a tiny, transparent layer of nanomaterial.
Sander Dorenbos: seeing the (almost) invisible with nano-wires quality - part 1
Sander Dorenbos: seeing the (almost) invisible with nano-wires quality - part 1 Detecting a single photon may seem overkill for most purposes. However, looking at such tiny amounts of light is essential for researchers working  with quantum computers as well as for  chip manufacturers, just to mention two examples.
Floor van de Pavert: seeing the (almost) invisible with nano-wires quality - part 2
Floor van de Pavert: seeing the (almost) invisible with nano-wires quality - part 2 The story began a few years ago, when two scientists from the University of Delft (see related story) developed a way to double the efficiency of currently available single photons detectors.
Clare Arkwright: "Fuelling hopes for unplugged power supplies"
Clare Arkwright: "Fuelling hopes for unplugged power supplies" If you have been left high and dry by your iPad battery and unable to recharge it, you see  the problem. High tech gadgets, electronic appliances and electric cars have a well-know downside: sooner or later, you need to look for a plug - and a power grid- to keep them alive.
Tilmann Leisegang: "Towards a miniature X-ray laboratory"
Tilmann Leisegang: "Towards a miniature X-ray laboratory" More than a century after their discovery, X-rays still claim their place in medicine and science.
Nano Eco Dye
Nano Eco Dye Researchers working for the EU-funded research project SOPHIED have discovered that a fungus from the Solomon Islands produces special enzymes that act as nano-bio-catalysts.
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