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Nanotechnology

Self-assembling electronics may soon be a reality

Self-assembling electronics sounds like technology for the distant future, but everyday household soap has just taken us a step closer.

Solar cells in the roof and nanotechnology in the walls

It isn't cars and vehicle traffic that produce the greatest volumes of climate gas emissions – it's our own homes. But new research will soon be putting an end to all that!

Tomorrow's technology will lead to sweeping changes in society – it must, for all our sakes

OPINION: The shift to tomorrow's society will not take place over hundreds of years, but within a generation, argue two researchers.

The nanomedicines of the future will build on quantum chemistry

Quantum chemical calculations have been used to solve big mysteries in space. Soon the same calculations may be used to produce tomorrow’s cancer drugs.

Could laser light and nanoparticles replace chemotherapy?

Scientists are investigating the possibility of eliminating malignant tumours using lasers. The collaborative efforts between physicists and doctors is already producing promising results.

Nano-knowledge can lead to super solar cells

Atomic level changes in nanomaterials are contributing to incredible advances in solar cell and LED technology. Researchers have found a way to design nanowires with a built-in current that will make them even more effective in solar cells.

When the oil runs out, the age of tiny things begins

Norway may have to depend on nanotechnology as its main source of income in the future. Nanotechnology is all about creating custom materials on a tiny scale that allows for incredible possibilities in the real world.

How superheroes help top scientists share their knowledge

Meet three researchers with a unique approach to science communication at ESOF2014.

Scientist pulls protein through microscopic hole

A Danish researcher has developed a new method for studying proteins. By pulling the protein through a tiny hole known as a nanopore, he can expose important properties of the protein.

Silver nanoparticles can cause cellular changes

Silver nanoparticles in clothing and cosmetics can penetrate the cells in the human body – and may do harm.