Electronic skin could enable ‘smart’ prosthetics
The concept of electronic skin might sound far-fetched, but it’s closer to becoming a reality with a wide range of potential uses. So-called smart gloves, for example, could allow medical students to practice virtual surgery that felt like the real thing. Flexible material embedded with circuitry could also be... Read more
How can you tame the growing number of ultra-tiny particles that are going into consumer products and, eventually, back into the environment? How about using an ultra-tiny form of behaviour modification? Every day, more and more products appear on shop shelves that are made with nanomaterials, ultra-tiny particles less... Read more
Ultra-tiny structures that mimic the structure of butterfly wings could hold the secret to more powerful solar cells, according to researchers from the State University of Pennsylvania and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. The researchers have developed a technique that recreates biological structures on a nano scale (one nanometre... Read more
Super-thin and long carbon “nanothreads” could one day replace heavy and costly metal wiring in mobile phones, aircraft and other technologies, according to researchers from the University of Cincinnati. Using existing technology for creating long nanotubes of carbon, engineers Vesselin Shanov and Mark Schulz have developed a way to... Read more
Florida-based Industrial Nanotech Inc. is launching a nationwide campaign to encourage US governors to consider its insulating coating products as a way to boost energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption. Industrial Nanotech produces a line of Nansulate(R) products that use nanotechnology to create water-based, low-VOC specialty coatings that can... Read more
Nifty: the bane of caffeine-craving bookworms everywhere — those round, brown and ugly coffee stains — could actually prove the inspiration for cutting-edge television screen technology. New Scientist reports this week that Ivan Vakarelski, an engineer in Singapore, envisions the mechanism that creates coffee stains as a way to... Read more
Is it a technological breakthrough or a sign of the energy apocalypse, in which we turn to increasingly desperate means of generating power to keep civilisation afloat? We’re inclined to say the latter upon hearing the news that researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have generated energy by... Read more
Researchers at Rice University have developed a new type of nanocar that moves at room temperature — a first for the molecule-sized “vehicles” that previous needed to be heated to 200 degrees Celsius in order to run. The super-tiny cars have a paddlewheel motor powered by light energy. First... Read more
Greenbang has written several times before of being a great fan of scientists. If you leave them alone long enough, they work out how to do things quicker, better, cheaper or sooner. Which is why, in an ideal world, they would be Greenbang’s butler – they’d be great at... Read more