Virus based molecular assembler helps researchers build next gen batteries

Virus based molecular assembler helps researchers build next gen batteries

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Nature is fantastic at assembling, well, everything, so scientists are trying to harness nature’s smallest “life forms” to try to create the first molecular assemblers.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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Researchers develop microstructures that can self-assemble into new materials

Researchers develop microstructures that can self-assemble into new materials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Biological systems can change their shape, and now researchers are getting better at creating shape shifting materials of all kinds …   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A new process developed...

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Staggering solar cell breakthrough converts light to electricity with 132 percent efficiency

Staggering solar cell breakthrough converts light to electricity with 132 percent efficiency

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world needs to decarbonise the atmosphere and dramatically reduce carbon emissions, and innovations are coming thick and fast.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Today’s solar panels are a measly...

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Revolutionary flat nano-thin cameras edge closer to mass production

Revolutionary flat nano-thin cameras edge closer to mass production

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Metalenses are revolutionary – they’re nano-thin and flat which makes them the future of camera technology, now they could be manufactured at millionths of cents on the dollar.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our...

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World’s smallest camera is so small it travels around your bloodstream scanning you from the inside

World’s smallest camera is so small it travels around your bloodstream scanning you from the inside

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Big tech companies watch you from the outside, now they can watch you from the inside, literally. And it also has medical applications …   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Cameras...

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Nanotech helps chocolatiers create rainbow chocolates and give artificial colourings the boot

Nanotech helps chocolatiers create rainbow chocolates and give artificial colourings the boot

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Foods contain all kinds of harmful or questionable artificial colourings, by using this new manufacturing method those can all be eliminated.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. To date there have been all kinds of developments when it comes...

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A DNA motor to power future nanomachines just set a world speed record

A DNA motor to power future nanomachines just set a world speed record

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to do things at the nanoscale, such as create molecular assemblers, means we need to be able to move things at the nanoscale.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Today we’re building lots of nanoscale...

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Re-igniting Moore’s Law, MIT’s radical Carbon Nanotube computer leaps from lab to factory

Re-igniting Moore’s Law, MIT’s radical Carbon Nanotube computer leaps from lab to factory

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Moore’s Law is tapping out, and that’s a big problem for the future of computing, but this latest breakthrough could kick start it again.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A little while ago I reported how MIT...

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Researchers hail 3D printed supercharged “bionic coral” breakthrough

Researchers hail 3D printed supercharged “bionic coral” breakthrough

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Corals today are under threat from climate change and warming acidic oceans, and if they can’t recover naturally they may need a helping hand.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The mass die off of coral reefs is...

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MIT invents a cryptographic “Tag of Everything” to defeat counterfeiters

MIT invents a cryptographic “Tag of Everything” to defeat counterfeiters

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As it gets easier to produce products of every kind, from parts for nuclear submarines to medicines, we need a way to guarantee the authenticity of our products.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently a team in...

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University nabs multi-million pound to create next gen reconfigurable electronics

University nabs multi-million pound to create next gen reconfigurable electronics

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When electronic systems are manufactured today they’re fixed forever, but in the future they’ll be able to re-configure themselves opening up millions of new use cases.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More and connect with Matthew. The University of Southampton in the...

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Revolutionary re-programmable material cannibalises itself to make new structures

Revolutionary re-programmable material cannibalises itself to make new structures

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As your understanding of material science improves we’re edging towards a future where materials take on sci-fi like qualities.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. For the first time ever scientists at the US Department of Energy and Oak...

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“Green” concrete could help cut global greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent

“Green” concrete could help cut global greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Concrete is a huge contributor to global green house gas emissions, so finding new ways to curb those emissions helps in the bigger battle against climate change.   In an age where we can 3D print houses and entire communities using a range of different...

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Major 3D printing advance boosts LiON battery capacities by over 400 percent

Major 3D printing advance boosts LiON battery capacities by over 400 percent

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As our ability to 3D print objects at the nano scale improves it gives us the ability to create dramatically better batteries with huge surface areas.   Scientists from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Missouri University of Science and Technology have used 3D Printing to produce high capacity Lithium...

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Researchers unveil the world’s first programable DNA computer prototype

Researchers unveil the world’s first programable DNA computer prototype

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of computing isn’t silicon, it isn’t even quantum, it’s biological, and it’s coming.   We’ve already turned bacteria into computing and storage devices that we’ve used to re-play videos from, and perform basic calculations, but just like tomorrow’s Biological computers DNA too, it’s...

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Russian researchers used a common inkjet printer to print advanced Nano-Sensors

Russian researchers used a common inkjet printer to print advanced Nano-Sensors

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we develop more nanoscale things we need to be able to keep track of them and monitor them and now we have an inexpensive way to achieve that.   Researchers from ITMO University in Russia have created a new type of optical Nano-Sensor that...

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Batteries are passé as researchers use ambient sound to charge smartphones

Batteries are passé as researchers use ambient sound to charge smartphones

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to use sound to charge our gadgets is a revolutionary idea, and it’s made possible thanks to advances in Nanomanufacturing.   This could be the greatest power discovery for mobiles, ever. Apparently. So say researchers at Queen Mary University London (QMUL) in the...

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Future EV’s with 16,000km range and space elevators made possible with new Chinese Nano-Cable

Future EV’s with 16,000km range and space elevators made possible with new Chinese Nano-Cable

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are multiple uses for incredibly strong cables and materials, from defence to space elevators, and even helping electric cars travel 16,000km on one charge.   Recently I’ve discussed advances across a wide variety of materials, including the development of a wonder material that lasts...

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MIT discover a way to mass produce cell sized robots

MIT discover a way to mass produce cell sized robots

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Small robots have their benefits too, in everything from the oil and gas industries to healthcare, now we can manufacture them en masse.   Recently I’ve written about not just tiny robots, but microscopic ones – tiny molecule sized robots that are being used to...

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Drexel’s new spray on antennas can connect everything to the internet

Drexel’s new spray on antennas can connect everything to the internet

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Tomorrow’s world will be increasingly connected, and connecting old legacy devices and things has been difficult, but it’s about to get much easier.   Engineers are good at making minuscule antennas. Nowadays, we can cram antennas into our smartphones or smartwatches without much trouble. But...

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