nanoparticles

No More Laundry? These Textiles Clean Themselves With Sunlight

Photo by Caspar Rubin/Unsplash Could this be the end of washing? Scientists at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia have discovered a cheap and efficient new way to…

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Inspired by Nature, Iridescent Cellulose Films Could Replace Toxic Dyes

Taking cues from hyper-pigmented reality, scientists are developing a coloration technique that produces vivid iridescent colors using wood pulp – the same stuff that is used to…

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Colombian Plant Fiber Rids Water of Harmful Textile Dyes in Minutes

Photo by Wikimedia Commons Textile dyes and other pollutants can kill waterways. The dyes are not only toxic, but they discolor the water enough to prevent plants and algae from getting…

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Golden Tresses? You Can Now Dye Your Hair With Actual Gold

Photo by Shutterstock Looking to dye your lovely locks, but without the toxic chemicals? Well, you’re in luck because you could be dying your hair with gold someday. Though a…

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Top 7 WTF Beauty Stories of 2012 (Vote for the Most Shocking!)

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U.K. Scientists Change the Color of Gold Without Chemical Treatments

Photo by Shutterstock Sure, we have rose gold, white gold, and well, gold gold, but what if you could have red, blue, green, or even purple gold without chemically altering the precious…

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Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles in Sunscreen Could Increase Skin Cancer Risk

Photo by Shutterstock Lifeguards brandish their white-streaked noses like badges of honor, but the same sunscreen ingredient designed to protect us from skin cancer could in fact be…

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FDA Proposes New Guidelines for Nanoparticles in Food, Cosmetics

Photo by Shutterstock Nanomaterials wield the promise of amazing technological advancements, yet we know precious little about its effects on the human body. In response to mounting…

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Australians Ditching Sunscreen, Risking Skin Cancer to Avoid Nanoparticles

When sun-worshipping Aussies stop slathering themselves with SPF, you know something’s up. More than three out of five Australians have concerns about the health implications of…

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National Academies of Sciences Urge Review of Nanomaterials Risks, Safety

Good things don’t necessarily come in small packages. Take the growing popularity of nanotechnology, for example. Although nanoscale forms of silver, carbon, zinc, and aluminum…

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Color-Changing Contact Lenses Help Diabetics Keep Tabs on Glucose Levels

Photo by marcoguy Want to talk about a sight for sore eyes? Diabetics could soon be weeping tears of joy over a new noninvasive technology that would make the ritual of drawing blood…

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