nanotechnology

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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Cellphones Could Soon be Tiny Enough to be Printed on Clothing

Photo by Shutterstock Rather than carry around your phone, you may soon wear it on your sleeve with nanolasers that are currently under development. A spaser, which is basically a laser…

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Silic: A "Self-Cleaning" T-Shirt That's Nearly Impossible to Stain

Parents, klutzes, and pig pens rejoice for now there is a spill and stain-proof t-shirt made with safe nanotechnology. Silic is more than just a basic black or white tshirt; it features…

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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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Precious Surface: A Technology that Embeds 24-Karat Gold Into Fabrics

PRECIOUS SURFACE \ˈpreshəs ˈsərfis\ n 1 a: A patented infusion technology that deposits 24kt gold into leather, silk, or fur, leaving the material texture unchanged. b: A…

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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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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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World's First Electronic Fingertip Paves Way for "Smart" Surgical Gloves

Surgeons may be known for their incredible precision, but even the most talented practitioners have their limits. An electronic “fingertip” that heightens one’s sense…

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Fighting Skin Cancer Could Soon be as Easy as Slathering on Moisturizer

Photo by Shutterstock A $2.99 tube of moisturizer from your neighborhood drugstore could soon deliver gene-regulation technology for treating skin cancer and other ailments, according…

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An Ordinary Cotton T-Shirt Could Someday Charge Your Cellphone

Photo by Shutterstock That Hanes Beefy-T you’re wearing could someday power your mobile device—that is, if researchers at the University of South Carolina have anything to do…

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USDA Develops Eco-Friendlier Anti-Stink Treatments for Clothing

Photo by Shutterstock The U.S. Department of Agriculture isn’t exactly known for its bleeding-edge fashion, but don’t count the federal agency out just yet. Researchers from…

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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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Tube-Shape Photovoltaic Cells Could Result in Solar-Powered Clothing

Let’s be honest, solar-powered clothing is rarely easy on the eyes. Nor does it tend to be discreet. Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Xiamen University,…

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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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