‘Living’ Nanomaterials Made from E.coli

You don’t often hear positive news about the bacteria E.coli, but researchers at MIT may have advanced the development of self-assembling materials by using the bacteria to create a material with properties of both living and non-living substances.

By adding gold nanoparticles or quantum dots to the bacteria, the team says it is possible to create “living materials” that could self heal or develop complex networks.

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Graphene Conference Opens in April

We’ve written about the seemingly limitless potential of graphene on this blog before, and how it is being utilized in new applications in increasingly rapid fashion. The material’s potential will be the chief topic at the upcoming Graphene LIVE! conference in Berlin April 1-2. Continue reading

Flexible Nanowire Sensors Could Monitor Strain and Pressure

New “stretchy” sensors built on nanowire conductors could potentially be embedded in clothing, or on human skin and other surfaces to track strain and pressure, or provide touch-based functionality in new form factors. Continue reading

Blue Pigment Could Enable Quantum Computing

The British five-pound note is worth about $8, give or take a few cents, but the blue pigment used on the bills may prove invaluable to the field of quantum computing.

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Higher Resolution Nanostructure Printing

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Chicago and Hanyang University in Korea have combined advanced ultra-high resolution inkjet technology with self-assembling block copolymers to increase the resolution of intricate nanostructure fabrication down to 15 nanometers from 200.

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