These mini lightning bolts have been known for millennia. Understanding static electricity at the atomic level opens the door for new technologies – as well as ways to cut down on the tiny zaps.
Postage-stamp sized patches that target vaccines to the immune system are now in clinical trials.
A new technique can remove noise from tiny electronic circuits, raising hopes of extremely efficient electronics and quantum technologies.
The smallest motors ever made could one day have a huge impact on our lives.
We might think our technological innovations are driving us towards a cyborg future, but is it the brain doing all the work?
New research shows how adding memory to bacterial circuits could help us harness their computing power.
From the kitchen sink to the laundry and garage -- nanotechnology has already made its way into the average household.
Tastier salt, packaging that alerts you to food that has gone off and fish oil that tastes better – nanoparticles have lots of potential.
Two new studies from Food Standards Australia and New Zealand show there's no evidence that nanoparticles in food present a health risk, but there's more research to be done.
Scientists are using DNA to build exciting new nanotechnologies that could change everything from electronics to energy.
Growing enough food to feed 9 billion people by 2050 will require huge amounts of energy and water. Using nanoparticles to boost plant growth and yield could save resources and reduce water pollution.
Explosive developments driving the tiniest engines in the world.
Nanophotonics deals with photons at the nanometre scale, and it's set to transform everything from internet speeds to turning your smartphone into a portable science lab.
A single-atom engine is the latest example of how nano-technology can create machines to power tiny robots inside the body.
Two very similar new carbon nanotube products, released eight years apart, provoked very different reactions. What's changed about the way we consider nanotechnology risks and benefits?
From tiny robotic doctors repairing your body to the latest climate change-tackling tools, nanotechnology is fighting an invisible battle on our behalf.
Quantum dots - minuscule semiconductor particles with specific light-absorption properties - can kill drug-resistant superbugs without harming the surrounding healthy tissue.
Our civilisation is built on chemistry, and the science has a bright future, with the launch of a new Decadal Plan that will steer the science into the future.
South Africa his rich in minerals that, combined with the development of nanotechnology, can be used to help it develop new energy technologies.
A novel approach to detect bacterial infections in 10-15 minutes is expected to become commercially available next year.