Archive for the 'nanotechnology' Category

Lab-on-chip fights pandemics

March 24, 2008

Embedded chipmaker STMicroelectronics (ST) has announced commercial availability of a portable “lab-on-chip” claimed capable of detecting all major influenza types within two hours — including the Avian Flu strain H5N1.

Top ten emerging technologies

March 11, 2008

MIT’s Technology Review magazine has just published its annual list of the top ten emerging technologies. Dubbed the TR10, these “revolutionary innovations” are “poised to have a dramatic impact” on computing, medicine, nanotechnology, our energy infrastructure, and more, say the magazine’s editors.

Nanotechnology creates the ‘power shirt’

February 16, 2008

Researchers at Georgia Tech are developing a “power shirt” capable of running portable electronic gadgets. Clothing woven with fibers containing microscopic “nanogenerators” will use piezoelectric effects to convert the wearer’s movements into electrical energy.

Robotic fly to descend on New York

January 21, 2008

Harvard University’s tiny microrobotic fly, hailed by its creators as “the first robotic fly that is able to generate enough thrust to takeoff,” will be showcased at New York’s Museum of Modern Art starting Feb. 24.

Electronic contact lens offers superhuman vision

January 20, 2008

Researchers at the University of Washington have created a contact lens that includes electronic circuitry and LEDs. Eventually, ‘bionic’ contact lenses such as these could provide superhuman vision, or could be used for 3D virtual reality displays.

World’s teeniest SVGA color LCD?

January 7, 2008

Kopin Corp. claims its new fingernail-sized display is the world’s smallest SVGA resolution (800 x 600 pixel) color LCD. The 0.44-inch diagonal CyberDisplay SVGA LVS microdisplay targets PC- and HD-related video eyewear applications.

Israelis create tiny nano-Bible

January 3, 2008

Researchers at Israel’s Technion institute have used nanotechnology to print the entire Hebrew bible on an area smaller than the head of a pin. The “nano-Bible” reportedly was etched onto a 0.5 square-millimeter silicon surface plated with 20 nanometers of gold, using a focused beam of gallium ions.

Microscopic radio plays Good Vibrations

December 21, 2007

A University of California Berkeley research team claims to have created the world’s smallest radio, a fully functional radio receiver built from a single carbon nanotube one ten-thousandth the diameter of a human hair.

Free report plots nanotechnology present, future

December 16, 2007

Wondering what’s happening in the exciting world of nanotechnology? A free 198-page report offers everything you could possibly want to know, and more.

Nanotubes attack Anthrax

December 12, 2007

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) reports that a team of researchers in one of its labs has found a way to harness carbon nanotubes to seek out and neutralize dangerous proteins such as anthrax toxin, using nothing but light.