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A tangle of silver nanowires may pave the way to low-energy real-time machine learning.
Kola nut holds a lot of potential not currently explored in Nigeria.
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Beyond ordinary consumption, new research finds uses for kola nut in areas like agriculture and health.
Louis Brus, center, shares Nobel recognition with two other quantum dots pioneers.
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Louis Brus explains some of the foundational research – and how even the letter carrier wants to shake your hand when you’ve just won a Nobel Prize.
Chemistry Nobel prize laureates Moungi Bawendi, Louis Brus and Alexei Ekimov.
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Quantum dot technology has also helped revolutionise medical imagining.
Flasks of quantum dots fluorescing at the Nobel Prize announcement.
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Quantum dots are a prime example of the way nanotechnology engineers materials at an atomic scale.
The course of nanotechnology, like the carbon nanotubes in this laboratory, has been guided by many stakeholders.
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Two decades ago, the nanotechnology revolution avoided stumbling by bringing a wide range of people to the table to chart its development. The window is closing fast on AI following suit.
Nanoparticles are a thousand times smaller than a human hair.
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Nanoparticles have contributed to profound medical advances like the COVID-19 vaccine, but without oversight, they pose ethical and environmental issues.
Identifying the commonalities between cardiovascular disease and cancer could lead to improved treatments for both.
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Cardiovascular disease and cancer share many parallels in their origins and how they develop. Nanoparticles offer one potential way to effectively treat both with reduced side effects.
A new book argues our philosophical and intellectual responses to technology have not kept pace with events.
Clean water is in short supply around the world. But it doesn’t have to be.
Technology will be a key part of solving the global water scarcity crisis.
Nanoparticles (white disks) can be used to deliver treatment to cells (blue).
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The proteins that cover nanoparticles are essential to understanding how they work in the body. Across 17 proteomics facilities in the US, less than 2% of the identified proteins were identical.
Our new approach lets us separate, store and transport tricky gases like hydrogen as a solid - and for a fraction of the energy.
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Together with higher cotton production, nanotextile products can boost Nigeria’s textile industry and the economy.
Nanoparticles can help cancer drugs home in on tumors and avoid damaging healthy cells.
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The COVID-19 mRNA vaccines put nanomedicine in the spotlight as a potential way to treat diseases like cancer and HIV. While the field isn’t there yet, better design could help fulfill its promise.
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Moderna co-founder Robert Langer developed the process that made COVID-19 vaccines possible. He spoke about his journey helping develop the science for various lifesaving treatments.
Nigeria’s nanotechnology journey has been slow.
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As a major contributor of knowledge, Nigeria could make giant strides in nanotechnology – which in turn could help various industries blossom.
Warming the testicles using nanorods affects sperm production.
Growing applications of nanotechnology include using nanorods for male birth control. The technique has had some success in animals, and offers the potential of human male contraception.
We interact with nanoparticles in multiple ways every day. The nanoparticles in this illustration are delivering drugs to cells.
Some vaccine hesitancy is based on a fear of the nanoparticles used in mRNA vaccines. But humans have been interacting with nanoparticles for millennia, and we use nanotechnology-based devices every day.
Critics say investing in carbon capture and storage means betting on technology that’s not yet proven to work at scale. Using liquid marbles could make a huge difference.
Wildfire smoke contains a mixture of toxic pollutants that can be harmful to both the lungs and the brain.
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Pollution from more frequent floods and wildfires – exacerbated by the warming climate – is threatening human health and poses particular risks to the brain.