One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and that includes a man’s (or woman’s) urine. Scientists have figured out how to transform your pee into tiny semiconducting nano crystals they’ve dubbed “quantum pee-dots.”
Some kids are hawking a new line of button-ups they claim can endure 100 wears (unwashed) and come out looking and smelling like new. So what's the big, scientific secret?
Despite the relative ease that things seem to pierce it, our skin actually does a pretty good job of keeping foreign materials out, especially on the molecular level. In fact, sometimes it does this job too well, making it particularly difficult for scientists to target skinborne ailments. A breakthrough technique…
In the wake of last year's disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the world is once again dealing with contamination from a nuclear catastrophe. Now researchers have repurposed mining technology into a capsule that could make radiation tainted water drinkable.
What if washing your favorite T-shirt didn't require any washing whatsoever? Well, guess what. Science says it's possible. Chemical engineers in China say they've developed a cotton fabric that cleans itself — all it needs is a little sunlight.
Right now, the race is on to create complex, self-assembling, three dimensional objects. It would be a boon to manufacturers, medical researchers, and even toy makers. Now, a new technique has been developed which not only assembles these objects molecule by molecule, but can do so in many shapes.
It's no mystery that diamonds are, in fact, one of the world's most completely-not-rare "rare" gems, but it seriously feels like they're becoming more and more common every day. Case in point: scientists have discovered that for the price of a candle, you too can be the proud owner of millions upon millions of…
Nanoparticles are tiny objects inserted into the body and used to deliver drugs to sick cells. They could revolutionize medicine - as long as we can prevent these untested particles from becoming accidentally toxic.
Forget an apple a day; scientists are working on a pill that would be much more successful in the ongoing battle to find a way to keep the doctor away by giving you medicine without your even knowing about it.
For diabetics, finger pricking could be a thing of the past. A biochemical engineer has developed contact lenses embedded with nanoparticles that react with the glucose in tears. As glucose levels change, so does the color of the lens. [PopSci]
Nanoparticles don't need to come into actual contact with human DNA in order to affect them, according to new research carried out by British scientists. Does this mean our miniature future is more dangerous than first thought?
Lung cancer diagnosis can be an invasive process, involving CT scans and tissue biopsies. But a new nanotechnological process for cancer detection could make diagnosis lung cancer as simple as breathing into a tube.
Although some kinds of nanomaterials (like carbon nanotubes) can be harmful to your health, scientists are quickly developing nanoparticle therapies that can fight cancer and bacterial infections better than any of our current medications.
Worried about the bacteria in your water? Just dip a test-strip coated with a special mix of nanoparticles into your glass, and watch the result. If the strip changes color, don't drink. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Massachusetts have devised a way to instantly identify…