Nanoscience News


Nanoscale Tetrapods Could Provide Early Warning of a Material’s Failure

Berkeley Lab scientists are developing a new way to detect microscopic fractures in materials in the field.


A Conscious Coupling of Magnetic and Electric Materials

New multiferroic material by Berkeley Lab and Cornell researchers is a big step in march toward ultra-low power electronics.


New Breed of Optical Soliton Wave Discovered

Applied scientists have discovered a new type of optical soliton wave that travels in the wake of other soliton waves.


Harvard Spinout Validere to Commercialize ‘Liquid Fingerprinting’ Technique

Ability to instantly identify unknown liquids in the field could aid first responders, improve plant safety.


Dietary Fiber and Microbes Change the Gel That Lines Our Gut

A new Caltech study is the first to show how the structure of gut gel, or mucus, can change in the presence of certain substances, such as bacteria and polymers.


A Miniaturized Sensor That Can Measure Chemistry On a Chip

Cornell researchers have laid the groundwork for a chemical sensor on a chip that could be used in small portable devices.


The Utility of Instability

Researchers from Caltech and Harvard have designed and created flexible circuits that could be used in soft robots and other machines.


The First Autonomous, Entirely Soft Robot

Powered by a chemical reaction controlled by microfluidics, 3-D-printed 'octobot' has no electronics.


A New Way to Display the 3-D Structure of Molecules

Metal-organic frameworks provide a new platform for solving the structure of hard-to-study samples.


Artifial Muscle For Soft Robots: Low Voltage, High Hopes

Soft actuator could be ‘holy grail’ for soft robotics.