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Nanotube-infused silicone liquid crystal stiffens with repeated compression

Squeeze a piece of silicone and it quickly returns to its original shape. But scientists at Rice University have discovered that the liquid crystal phase of silicone becomes 90% stiffer when silicone is gently and repeatedly compressed. (Learn More >>)

Supertough & Strong Nanofibers

UNL materials engineers have developed a structural nanofiber that is both strong and tough, two traits that are usually mutually exclusive. This discovery could transform everything from airplanes and bridges to body armor and bicycles. (Learn More >>)

Nanosponges To Absorb Toxins

UCSD researchers invented a "nanosponge" capable of safely removing a broad class of dangerous toxins from the bloodstream, including toxins produced by MRSA, E. Coli, poisonous snakes, and bees. (Learn More >>)

Not slippery when wet

Geckos adhere to surfaces submerged underwater and scientists are now studying this phenomenon to inform future high tech adhesives. (Learn More >>)

Record-breaking resolution at the nanoscale

NIST researchers are part of an international team that made this significant advancement possible. (Learn More >>)

Nanofoams for better body armor

UCSD engineers are developing nanofoams that could prevent traumatic brain injury and blast-related lung injuries, and protect buildings from impacts and blasts. (Learn More >>)

Creating indestructible self-healing circuits

Imagine if your smart phone could repair itself, recovering in microseconds from less-than-ideal battery power or even total transistor failure. (Learn More >>)

Practicing medicine at the nanoscale

MIT’s new Institute for Medical Engineering and Science aims to reshape medicine through new scientific knowledge, novel treatments and products, better management of medical data, and improvements in health-care delivery. (Learn More >>)

Nano beads on a string

Researchers believe this structure is more resilient than flat silicon coatings because the beads grow like flexible balloons (Learn More >>)

Engineers Week 2013: Family Day

The NNI sponsored an educational, nanotechnology-focused booth at Family Day, an annual Engineers Week event held at the National Building Museum in DC. The booth featured hands-on demonstrations by UVa volunteers. (Learn More >>)

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