• A Higher(er)-Definition Nose

    A Higher(er)-Definition Nose

    Sensors that sniff out chemicals in the air to warn us about everything from fires to carbon monoxide to drunk drivers to explosive devices hidden in luggage have improved so much that they can even detect diseases on a person's breath. Read more

  • Synapse Mimic may Provide a Link to Brain-like Computers

    Synapse Mimic may Provide a Link to Brain-like Computers

    Engineers and physicists from NIST have now developed a component that they claim behaves in the same way as synapses and may even be able to outperform real synapses in some respects. Read more

  • DARPA Wants to Build an Image Search Engine out of DNA

    DARPA Wants to Build an Image Search Engine out of DNA

    A digital microfluidics prototype automates DNA data-storage steps at UW's Molecular Information Systems Lab. A single droplet (here dyed blue) could carry multiple terabytes of information. Read more

  • A Stopwatch for Nanofluids

    A Stopwatch for Nanofluids

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has filed a provisional patent application for a microflow measurement system. Read more

  • Scientists design bacteria to reflect 'sonar' signals for ultrasound imaging

    Scientists design bacteria to reflect 'sonar' signals for ultrasound imaging

    The ultimate goal is to be able to inject therapeutic bacteria into a patient's body and then use ultrasound machines to generate images that reveal the locations of the microbes. Read more

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These NNI brochures introduce basic concepts in nanotechnology.  Big Things from a Tiny World (left) is a general overview; Powerful Things from a Tiny World (right) looks at nanotechnology and energy. These brochures are also available in Spanish.

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