Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology is increasingly being used as an integral part of diagnosing and treating infections, diseases, organ failures, malfunctions and injuries.

The convergence of a nanotechnology and genetics has opened up new pathways in developing innovative solutions that can help alleviate pain, disability and debilitating conditions.

Neuroscience is revealing connections, processes and relationships that open the way to new treatments and solutions to complex mental, psychological and emotional conditions.

The convergence of a nanotechnology and genetics has opened up new pathways in developing innovative solutions that can help alleviate pain, disability and debilitating conditions.

  • Exolaunch and NanoAvionics sign two launch agreements for SpaceX's rideshare missions
    Berlin, Germany (SPX) Jul 01, 2020 Exolaunch, a rideshare launch and deployment solutions provider, signed launch agreements with NanoAvionics, a nano-satellite bus manufacturer and mission integrator, to launch two 6U nano-satellites aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rideshare missions. Under the contract, Exolaunch will provide launch, integration and deployment services to the NanoAvionics-built satellites. The first contracted … Read MoreRead more
  • Quantum entanglement demonstrated aboard orbiting CubeSat
    Washington DC (SPX) Jun 26, 2020 In a critical step toward creating a global quantum communications network, researchers have generated and detected quantum entanglement onboard a CubeSat nanosatellite weighing less than 2.6 kilograms and orbiting the Earth. “In the future, our system could be part of a global quantum network transmitting quantum signals to receivers … Read MoreRead more
  • New insights into the energy levels in quantum dots
    Bochum, Germany (SPX) Jun 26, 2020 Researchers from Basel, Bochum and Copenhagen have gained new insights into the energy states of quantum dots. They are semiconductor nanostructures and promising building blocks for quantum communication. With their experiments, the scientists confirmed certain energy transitions in quantum dots that had previously only been predicted theoretically: the so-called … Read MoreRead more
  • ESA awards NanoAvionics contract to develop new satellite propulsion technologies
    Vilnius, Lithuania (SPX) Jun 24, 2020 The European Space Agency (ESA) has granted 1 million euros to nanosatellite mission integrator NanoAvionics to develop key components for small satellite propulsion systems. The new propulsion technologies, with a thrust of up to 5N, aim to further reduce the cost of small satellite projects while making each satellite … Read MoreRead more
  • FFI selects GomSpace to build military communication satellite
    Aalborg, Danmark (SPX) Jun 24, 2020 GomSpace has signed a contract to develop and deliver a nanosatellite to the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI). The satellite will demonstrate military tactical communications on the UHF band from a polar Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The primary mission objective is to demonstrate the military use and relevance of … Read MoreRead more
  • NanoAvionics to build first 2 satellite buses for Omnispace Constellation
    Midland TX (SPX) Jun 22, 2020 Mission integrator NanoAvionics was contracted by Thales Alenia Space to build the initial two satellite buses for Omnispace’s satellite-based Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure. NanoAvionics’ two satellite buses will host the payload which is being developed by prime contractor Thales Alenia Space, in partnership with Syrlinks. The flight-proven performance, … Read MoreRead more
  • Two-dimensional carbon networks
    Washington DC (SPX) Jun 19, 2020 Lithium-ion batteries usually contain graphitic carbons as anode materials. Scientists have investigated the carbonic nanoweb graphdiyne as a novel two-dimensional carbon network for its suitability in battery applications. Graphdiyne is as flat and thin as graphene, which is the one-atomic-layer-thin version of graphite, but it has a higher porosity … Read MoreRead more
  • The smallest motor in the world
    Dubendorf, Switzerland (SPX) Jun 17, 2020 The smallest motor in the world – consisting of just 16 atoms: this was developed by a team of researchers from Empa and EPFL. “This brings us close to the ultimate size limit for molecular motors,” explains Oliver Groning, head of the Functional Surfaces Research Group at Empa. The … Read MoreRead more
  • Superlens squeezes light into nanospace
    Moscow, Russia (SPX) Jun 17, 2020 Russian and Danish researchers have made a first-ever experimental observation of a plasmon nanojet. This physical phenomenon enables nanoscale focusing of light and, theoretically, allows engineers to bypass one of the fundamental limitations of the ordinary converging lens. Tight compression of light waves is necessary to use them as … Read MoreRead more
  • Simba CubeSat to swivel from Earth to Sun to help track climate change
    Paris (ESA) Jun 16, 2020 Due to launch aboard Friday’s Vega rocket, ESA’s Simba CubeSat is a tiny mission with a big ambition: to measure one of the fundamental drivers of climate change in a new way. The 30-cm long nanosatellite will turn from Earth to space to the Sun and back again, to calculate … Read MoreRead more
  • Arianespace Vega mission to perform Small Spacecraft Mission Service Proof of Concept flight
    Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Jun 12, 2020 With this mission, designated Flight VV16, Arianespace underscores its comprehensive range of innovative and competitive services to address the nano- and micro-satellite market sub-segment, serving both institutional and commercial needs. The creation of such a new service using the company’s light-lift Vega led to the Small Spacecraft Mission … Read MoreRead more
  • Integrating nanomaterial with light-absorbing molecule powers hydrogen production from water and sun
    Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jun 10, 2020 In line with the depletion of fossil fuels and the environmental problems our planet faces due to their combustion, developing technology for clean energy generation is a topic of global interest. Among the various methods proposed to generate clean energy, photocatalytic water splitting is showing much promise. This method … Read MoreRead more
  • Crystalline 'nanobrush' clears way to advanced energy and information tech
    Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Jun 10, 2020 A team led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory synthesized a tiny structure with high surface area and discovered how its unique architecture drives ions across interfaces to transport energy or information. Their “nanobrush” contains bristles made of alternating crystal sheets with vertically aligned interfaces … Read MoreRead more
  • New nanodevice could use solar energy to produce hydrogen
    Amsterdam. The Netherlands (SPX) Jun 10, 2020 Solar energy is considered by some to be the ultimate solution to address the current energy crisis and global warming and the environmental crises brought about by excessive consumption of fossil fuels. However, this clean and inexhaustible energy source is difficult to capture and store. In a novel … Read MoreRead more
  • Spontaneous formation of nanoscale hollow structures could boost battery storage
    Atlanta GA (SPX) Jun 10, 2020 An unexpected property of nanometer-scale antimony crystals – the spontaneous formation of hollow structures – could help give the next generation of lithium ion batteries higher energy density without reducing battery lifetime. The reversibly hollowing structures could allow lithium ion batteries to hold more energy and therefore provide more … Read MoreRead more
  • Showtime for photosynthesis
    Berkeley CA (SPX) Jun 05, 2020 Using a unique combination of nanoscale imaging and chemical analysis, an international team of researchers has revealed a key step in the molecular mechanism behind the water splitting reaction of photosynthesis, a finding that could help inform the design of renewable energy technology. “Life depends on the oxygen that … Read MoreRead more
  • Solar cells, phone displays and lighting could be transformed by nanocrystal assembly method
    Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Jun 04, 2020 Smart phones, tablets and laptop displays, camera lenses, biosensing devices, integrated chips and solar photovoltaic cells are among the applications that could stand to benefit from an innovative method of nanocrystal assembly pioneered by Australian scientists. Nanocrystals have a wide range of existing and potential uses, but they are … Read MoreRead more
  • Carbon nanotube transistors make the leap from lab to factory floor
    Boston MA (SPX) Jun 02, 2020 Carbon nanotube transistors are a step closer to commercial reality, now that MIT researchers have demonstrated that the devices can be made swiftly in commercial facilities, with the same equipment used to manufacture the silicon-based transistors that are the backbone of today’s computing industry. Carbon nanotube field-effect transistors or … Read MoreRead more
  • Carbon Nanotube Transistors May Soon Give Waning Moore’s Law a Boost
    Carbon Nanotube Transistors May Soon Give Waning Moore’s Law a Boost Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have long been touted as a potential material to take us beyond the limits of faltering silicon chips, but they’ve proven tricky to manufacture. Now scientists have demonstrated a way to build CNT transistors in a commercial silicon fabrication plant. Essentially … Read MoreRead more
  • Nanosatellite with global mission tested for space
    Paris (ESA) May 29, 2020 ESA’s largest antenna test facility remains operational despite the COVID-19 pandemic, performing pre-flight testing for the latest satellite in a constellation to serve the internet of things. “The main change from a standard test campaign is that contact between people is being minimised, to fulfil social distancing requirements,” says antenna … Read MoreRead more
  • Xilinx 'lifts off' with launch of industry's first 20nm space-grade FPGA for space applications
    San Jose CA (SPX) May 26, 2020 Xilinx has announced the industry’s first 20-nanometer (nm) space-grade FPGA, delivering full radiation tolerance and ultra-high throughput and bandwidth performance for satellite and space applications. The new 20nm Radiation Tolerant (RT) Kintex UltraScale XQRKU060 FPGA provides true unlimited on-orbit reconfiguration, over a 10x increase in digital signal processing … Read MoreRead more
  • A New Bionic Eye Could Give Robots and the Blind 20/20 Vision
    A New Bionic Eye Could Give Robots and the Blind 20/20 Vision A bionic eye could restore sight to the blind and greatly improve robotic vision, but current visual sensors are a long way from the impressive attributes of nature’s design. Now researchers have found a way to mimic its structure and create an artificial … Read MoreRead more
  • Surrey reveals its implantable biosensor that operates without batteries
    Surrey UK (SPX) May 22, 2020 Researchers from the University of Surrey have revealed their new biodegradable motion sensor – paving the way for implanted nanotechnology that could help future sports professionals better monitor their movements to aid rapid improvements, or help caregivers remotely monitor people living with dementia. In a paper published by Nano … Read MoreRead more
  • 3 Major Materials Science Breakthroughs—and Why They Matter for the Future
    3 Major Materials Science Breakthroughs—and Why They Matter for the Future Few recognize the vast implications of materials science. To build today’s smartphone in the 1980s, it would cost about $110 million, require nearly 200 kilowatts of energy (compared to 2kW per year today), and the device would be 14 meters tall, according to Applied Materials CTO Omkaram … Read MoreRead more