“IBM scientists working across three countries have created the smallest-ever 3D map of the world -- so tiny that 1,000 maps could fit on a grain of salt.
The team also created a scale model of the Matterhorn, well known to Europeans and Disney World visitors. The famous mountain is recreated in molecular glass, reaching 25 nanometers high -- a scale of 1 to 5 billion.”
“First, it was the soccer-ball-shaped molecules dubbed buckyballs. Then it was the cylindrically shaped nanotubes. Now, the hottest new material in physics and nanotechnology is graphene: a remarkably flat molecule made of carbon atoms arranged in hexagonal rings much like molecular chicken wire.
Not only is this the thinnest material possible, but it also is 10 times stronger than steel and it conducts electricity better than any other known material at room temperature. These and graphene's other exotic properties have attracted the interest of physicists, who want to study them, and nanotechnologists, who want to exploit them to make novel electrical and mechanical devices.”
“d3o was first introduced during the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, giving downhill skiers' millimeter-thin aerodynamic bodysuits a thin, flexible layer of protection. The protection comes d3o's ability to stiffens on impact as the molecules lock together--the harder the hit, the tighter the lock, with the molecules instantaneously return to their original state after impact.”
“Now, it can be found in 107 products made by 22 different companies, ranging from iPod cases to polo kneepads.”
"Imagine flying an airplane, watching a television or using a laptop
computer made, at least in part, from a paper 500 times stronger and 10
times lighter than steel. It's no ordinary paper; it's "buckypaper"—a
nanotechnology material that looks like carbon paper and is made out of
tube-shaped carbon molecules 50,000 times thinner than a human hair.
The material's strength, however, comes when it's stacked and pressed
together to form a composite, giving it the ability to conduct
electricity like copper and disperse heat like steel."
"NanoArt is a new art discipline at the art-science-technology intersections.
It features nanolandscapes (molecular and atomic landscapes which are natural
structures of matter at molecular and atomic scales) and nanosculptures
(structures created by scientists and artists by manipulating matter at
molecular and atomic scales using chemical and physical processes). These
structures are visualized with powerful research tools like scanning electron
microscopes and atomic force microscopes and their scientific images are
captured and further processed by using different artistic techniques to convert
them into artworks showcased for large audiences."
The Second Annual NanoArt Festival is scheduled
for all of November in Stuttgart, Germany
"Researchers at Monash University, in Victoria, Australia, have found a
way to coat fibers with titanium dioxide nanocrystals, which break down
food and dirt in sunlight. The researchers, led by organic chemist and
nanomaterials researcher Walid Daoud,
have made natural fibers such as wool, silk, and hemp that will
automatically remove food, grime, and even red-wine stains when exposed
to sunlight." MIT Technology Review
"Currently, even with the most advanced recovery techniques, only about
40 percent of the oil and gas in reservoirs can be recovered. The hope
is that by injecting novel sensors into these reservoirs, it will be
possible to more accurately map them in 3-D, increase the amount of
fuel extracted, and minimize the environmental impact."
"What is needed is a means of mapping the pore structure and the voids
between formations, he says, and to do this, researchers need sensors
that are smaller than the pores. So the aim is to create micro- or
nanosensors that can not only pass through the pores, but also form
mesh network to create detailed, 3-D maps of the structure of rock formations."
"NanoArt is a new art discipline related to the micro or
nanosculptures (molecular sculptures) created by artists or scientists through
chemical or physical processes and visualized with powerful research tools like
scanning electron or atomic force microscopes. The scientific images of these
structures are captured and further processed using different artistic
techniques to convert them into artworks showcased for large audiences."
Interesting art gallery by Romanian born artist and scientist Cris Orfescu
"...new type of memory, called programmable-metallization-cell (PMC) memory, or nano-ionic memory...could lead to thumb drives or digital-camera memory cards that store a terabyte of information...The first examples of the new technology, which could also slash energy
consumption by more than 99 percent, could be on the market within 18
"showed that a nanotube can work as an antenna, picking up radio signals from the air. A carbon nanotube—a hollow, tube-shaped molecule 10,000 times smaller
than a human hair—can perform all the basic functions of a radio when
it's wired up to a few other simple parts..."