Harvard revolutionises camera technology, invents Metalense

Harvard revolutionises camera technology, invents Metalense

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Centuries after they were first invented most lenses are still made of plastic or glass and Harvard’s new metalense will revolutionise the industry and let us make cameras and lenses that, eventually, will be just atoms thick.   Metalenses, flat surfaces that use nanostructures to...

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Nanogenerator breakthrough generates electricity from the blood in your veins

Nanogenerator breakthrough generates electricity from the blood in your veins

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As researchers continue to develop micro-machines and implanted medical devices that live within our bodies we might need to find new ways to power them.   Humanity has been generating electricity from flowing water for millennia using everything from watermills to huge hydro-electric dams, but...

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MIT breakthrough creates glowing plants that could replace street lights

MIT breakthrough creates glowing plants that could replace street lights

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Around a fifth of all the world’s energy production is consumed by lighting, but in the future glowing plants could help provide us all with an infinite, renewable source of light.   Plants at the moment are getting the royal treatment. They’re being turned into...

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Researchers use Biohybrid Robots made from algae to treat Cancer

Researchers use Biohybrid Robots made from algae to treat Cancer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to identify the earliest stages of disease and treat it with ultimate precision will help doctors treat patients better and help patients recover faster.   Over the past year scientists have developed 3D printed enzyme powered nanobots that can surf through the body’s bloodstream...

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New Smart Bandage heals wounds faster and talks to your doctor

New Smart Bandage heals wounds faster and talks to your doctor

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Smart bandages that can heal wounds faster, identify disease and talk with doctors will help doctors track how well wounds are healing and help people heal faster   When you think of medical 3D printing applications, and there are plenty of them to choose from,...

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Caltech’s newest Smart Pill will one day track the nanobots in your body

Caltech’s newest Smart Pill will one day track the nanobots in your body

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the next two decades or so we will be increasingly exposed to nanobots that can perform extraordinary feats as they move around inside our bodies, but up until now there’s not been any way to track them.   The other day I made a...

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World’s first holographic smartphone makes its debut

World’s first holographic smartphone makes its debut

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Advances in nanotechnology and nanophotonics are helping companies make great strides in creating, and bringing to market, new holographic display systems and they’re only just getting started.   A few months ago cinema camera maker RED came out with the surprise announcement that they were...

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Researchers use just 14 atoms to build the world’s first 0.5nm transistor

Researchers use just 14 atoms to build the world’s first 0.5nm transistor

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As silicon based transistors, the bed rock of today’s modern computing platforms, near their theoretical limits we will see the birth of several new types of computing platforms that will dominate the decades to come.   We are always being told that Moore’s Law is...

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Healing touch, Regenerative Medicine breakthrough reprograms skin cells

Healing touch, Regenerative Medicine breakthrough reprograms skin cells

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Tissue Nanotransference technology could help us heal organs quickly, and on demand, and put an end to the need for immunosuppressant drugs and the rejection of transplants   This week scientists from Ohio State University announced a “breakthrough” in Regenerative medicine, the field of healthcare...

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Printed transistor breakthrough opens door for printed electronics and smart goods

Printed transistor breakthrough opens door for printed electronics and smart goods

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The ability to simply, and cost effectively, print transistors en masse will create millions of new use cases and help turn even the most mundane, dumb objects into smart ones   Researchers at the Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research (AMBER) Center in Ireland have, for the...

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A miniature CERN, scientists create a ‘Particle Accelerator on a Chip’

A miniature CERN, scientists create a ‘Particle Accelerator on a Chip’

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Particle accelerators are enormous beasts but being able to miniaturise them and put them onto chips will democratise the technology and open doors for new discoveries in energy, healthcare, materials and many more fields of science.   Sixteen months ago The Gordon and Betty Moore...

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Lifting the curtain on NeuraLink, Elon Musk’s adventure to connect humans and machines

Lifting the curtain on NeuraLink, Elon Musk’s adventure to connect humans and machines

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As artificial intelligence gets better at out performing humans visionary entrepreneurs like Elon Musk want to make sure humanity isn’t left on the sidelines, a footnote in an AI history book.   Earlier this week wannabe Mars explorer, Tesla and SpaceX CEO, founder and billionaire...

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Cryonics breakthrough could one day end transplant waiting lists

Cryonics breakthrough could one day end transplant waiting lists

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Freezing objects is easy, defrosting them so they’re alive, or functional, is the hard part but now we’ve just made a giant leap forward.   Recently we’ve seen breakthroughs in suspended animation, which one day might allow humanity to travel across galaxies and live to...

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Harder than diamond, the meteorite diamond that’s made in a lab

Harder than diamond, the meteorite diamond that’s made in a lab

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Scientists have managed to manufacture Lonsdaleite, an ultra-hard diamond found in meteorites, which could have implications for the mining and construction industries   Ever since Lonsdaleite was discovered inside fragments of the Canyon Diablo meteorite in 1967, the mysterious hexagonal diamond has divided the scientific...

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Antivenom made from nanoparticles could treat bites from any snake

Antivenom made from nanoparticles could treat bites from any snake

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over 100,000 people die and another 4.5 million people are seriously affected by poisonous animal bites each year, now a broad base nanoparticle anti-venom could help save countless lives.   Not all anti-venom is created equal. Different types of snakes produce different types of toxins....

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New nanomaterial exploits radiation to create more powerful nuclear reactors

New nanomaterial exploits radiation to create more powerful nuclear reactors

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Todays nuclear reactors are limited by their operating temperatures, this new nanoceramic material could dramatically increase the temperatures they can operate at and increase both their power production and efficiency   An international team of researchers have created a nanoceramic material that not only can...

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This scuba mask concept lets divers swim without tanks

This scuba mask concept lets divers swim without tanks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New nanomaterials that can filter and separate out a wide variety of chemicals, organic materials and particulates have many uses, from filtering pollutants from seawater to filtering bacteria from blood.   South Korean designer Jeabyun Yeon has unveiled his new concept of a scuba mask...

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Nanocrystal discovery turns normal glasses into night vision specs

Nanocrystal discovery turns normal glasses into night vision specs

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New advanced manufacturing techniques, such as nanomanufacturing, are helping scientists create metamaterials that have new, previously unseen properties which pave the way for a raft of new applications   Night vision goggles do a great job of countering the human eye’s poor ability to see...

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Drones are fighting back against laser attacks

Drones are fighting back against laser attacks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Drones are seen by many military and terrorist organisations around the world as the new weapons platform of choice and working out new ways to destroy and disable them is a top priority but it’s a game of cat and mouse.   Back in 2014,...

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Scientists have created the worlds first artificial neuron

Scientists have created the worlds first artificial neuron

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Neurons play a crucial role in helping ensure our bodies run smoothly, but when they’re damaged, or degrade there can be dire consequences, from dementia to quadriplegia, this breakthrough might let us restore, or even enhance, neurological functions.   Researchers have built the world’s first...

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