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Paint-On Solar Cells Could Make Renewable Power Accessible to the Masses

Paint-On Solar Cells Could Make Renewable Power Accessible to the Masses

Researchers at the University of Toronto have made a breakthrough that could lead to cheaper and more flexible solar cells that could be used by millions of people around the world. The team

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Scientists Find that Nanoparticles in Clothing, Toys and Cosmetics May Damage DNA

Scientists Find that Nanoparticles in Clothing, Toys and Cosmetics May Damage DNA

The makeup, sunscreen and clothing and that you wear every single day could possibly be damaging your DNA, according to a new study from MIT. Nanoparticles like zinc oxide and nanoscale silver, used by

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Bionic Plants use Nanotech for Supercharged Photosynthesis

Bionic Plants use Nanotech for Supercharged Photosynthesis

Most people already understand what makes plants such an important part of the environment -- by absorbing light and carbon, they’re able to photosynthesize, releasing fresh oxygen into the atmosphere

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New Paper-Based Urine Cancer Screenings Could be as Easy as Testing for Pregnancy

New Paper-Based Urine Cancer Screenings Could be as Easy as Testing for Pregnancy

Image via Shutterstock Early detection of cancer is often crucial to patient survival, but in many parts of the world people just can't afford the cost of an expensive diagnosis. To combat the rise of

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Rose-Like Nano Coating Could Keep Airborne Viruses Out of Planes

Rose-Like Nano Coating Could Keep Airborne Viruses Out of Planes

Photo via Shutterstock In another awesome project inspired by nature, scientists developed a new type of nano coating that makes a surface stay wet or keep it completely dry, and it never needs to be

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Rice University Develops Solar Steam Sanitizer For Developing World

Rice University Develops Solar Steam Sanitizer For Developing World

Over two billion people on the planet lack access to adequate sanitation. That means dirty water, disease, and contaminated medical supplies. Without access to proper infrastructure providing plumbing or

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Princeton University Scientists Use a 3D Printer to Create a Bionic Ear

Princeton University Scientists Use a 3D Printer to Create a Bionic Ear

Princeton University scientists have invented a new medical device that would have Ridley Scott nodding in recognition. By using live cells and metal nanoparticles, the researchers were able to use a 3D

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Scientists Develop Wonder Nanomaterial that Can Produce Energy, Clean Water and Hydrogen

Scientists Develop Wonder Nanomaterial that Can Produce Energy, Clean Water and Hydrogen

Researchers in Singapore have developed a new nanomaterial that functions like the best Swiss army knife in the world. The material, known as Multi-use Titanium Dioxide (TiO2), can produce energy, it

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Study Finds that Nanoparticles Loaded with Bee Venom Can Kill HIV

Study Finds that Nanoparticles Loaded with Bee Venom Can Kill HIV

Photo via Shutterstock A cure for HIV has eluded scientists since the virus was first discovered in the early 1980s, but researchers at Washington University believe that bee venom could provide a

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Decorated Nanowires Could Lead To More Efficient Batteries and Solar Cells

Decorated Nanowires Could Lead To More Efficient Batteries and Solar Cells

Engineers at Stanford University appear to have come up with a way to make solar cells and batteries more efficient by “decorating” nanowires with chains of nanoparticles. The process has

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3M’s New Nanoparticle Technology Could Make Natural Gas Cars Cheaper and More Attractive

3M’s New Nanoparticle Technology Could Make Natural Gas Cars Cheaper and More Attractive

Gas prices have increased at record levels this month, with prices climbing for 20 days in a row, and as gas prices rise, interest in more fuel efficient vehicles go up as well. Automakers have continued

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Australians Ditching Sunscreen and Risking Skin Cancer to Avoid Nanoparticles

Australians Ditching Sunscreen and Risking Skin Cancer to Avoid Nanoparticles

Australia reportedly has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, so why are many Aussies opting to ditch their sunscreen? According to a recent study, 17 percent of the respondents

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Nano Ink Allows Simple Office Paper to Conduct Electricity

Nano Ink Allows Simple Office Paper to Conduct Electricity

Decker Yeadon is back at it, inventing incredible materials with architectural applications. This time they've made simple office paper capable of conducting electricity with ink made out of

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Silicon Chips Embedded in Human Cells Could Detect Diseases Earlier

Silicon Chips Embedded in Human Cells Could Detect Diseases Earlier

It's hard to imagine a computer chip tinier than a single, human cell. Still, scientists recently created silicon chips small enough to be embedded into body cells. Once the technology is studied more and

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Nanoparticles Create Ultra-Vibrant LED Screens

Nanoparticles Create Ultra-Vibrant LED Screens

OLEDs may be the future of lighting technology, but LEDs are here to stay for the foreseeable future. To that end, a startup called Nanosys has created a nanomaterial coating that makes colors on LED

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Color-Changing Contact Lenses Help Diabetics Monitor Glucose Levels

Color-Changing Contact Lenses Help Diabetics Monitor Glucose Levels

Contact lenses have long been a godsend for people who want to ditch their glasses, and now a new, color-changing type of lens could make life a thousand times easier for diabetics. Up until recently,

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Colored Solar Panels Don’t Need Direct Sunlight

Colored Solar Panels Don’t Need Direct Sunlight

With normal solar cells, you need direct sunlight for them to generate power, and if the panels are at all shaded the efficiency drops significantly. A new type of solar cell, being developed in

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