Nanotechnology — the manipulation of matter on a molecular level — to shape the future of a wide variety of industries. Consumer electronics, silicon, and health care are a few major areas where nanotechnology could provide major advances in the future, but those aren't the only places where it can make an impact — researchers at UCLA recently used nanotechnology to create a "booze pill" that lowers the intoxication level of lab rats. While it may take years for the nanotech findings to make their way into consumer-facing products, this research may lend a clue as to what kind of technology we have to look forward to.
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On the campus of the University of Waterloo, RIM co-founder Mike Lazaridis is helping to build the Quantum-Nano Centre: a building he believes will become the "Bell Labs of the 21st century."
An eco-anarchist group known as Individuals Tending Towards Savagery (ITS) has been responsible for several bombings at prominent nanotechnology universities in Mexico over the past two years, Nature reports.
Researchers at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia have developed a method that allows paper and other materials to become waterproof, magnetic, or even antibacterial while still maintaining its fundamental properties.
University of California researcher Nosang Myung has developed a way of using carbon nanotubes to 'smell' airborne toxins.
Researchers based at the University of New South Wales, Australia, have created a single-atom transistor which has been described as "perfect".
A research team has developed an OLED display technology with built-in photovoltaic cells to harvest wasted energy.
Researchers have created a wire four atoms wide and one atom high with the same conductivity as a piece of traditional copper wiring, opening the door to the practical construction of quantum computers.
A seemingly promising new technique for creating holograms comes from IMEC over in Belgium, where researchers are working to create a nanoscale system of moving pixels.
Researchers in the Netherlands have created a car that's made of a single molecule and is able to be controlled using small electrical impulses.
Researchers from Stanford University have developed nanoscale LEDs, which promise optical computing with very low power consumption as compared to laser-based systems.