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April 29th, 2009
Let's Take a Walk on the Wild Side
Marlene

Thanks to ongoing advances in nanomaterials and MEMS sensors, the field of robotics continues to evolve and just keeps getting cooler. Forget the six million dollar man - how about a bionic penguin instead? Read the Whole Article


December 2nd, 2008
The Future of Healthcare
Marlene

MEMS and nanotechnology are revolutionizing medicine; here's a peek at our future. Read the Whole Article


October 15th, 2008
Electronic Textiles and Smart Fabrics
Marlene

The apparel, footwear, fabric and textile industries continue to evolve thanks to the ever-expanding use of nanomaterials, nanostructures, MEMS sensors, conductive fibers and other innovative technologies and approaches. Here's a quick update. Read the Whole Article


August 15th, 2008
Connecting the Dots: School Supplies and Nanotechnology
Marlene

It's back-to-school time, so let's take a look at the role that nanomaterials are playing in some things that kids are most familiar with. Read the Whole Article


July 14th, 2008
What's So Special About (Nano) Glue?
Marlene

While glue (or for that matter, adhesives) may not sound like a very interesting topic, you just might be surprised at how diverse it really is, and the role that nanotechnology is playing. Read the Whole Article


June 15th, 2008
The Ultimate Smart Home
Marlene

Smart homes aren't all about electronics and internet connectivity...nanotechnology can help you create your own "house of the future" today. Read the Whole Article


May 12th, 2008
MEMS Revenues: A Sneak Peek at the Next Five Years
Marlene

Sales of MEMS devices reached record levels in 2007, but the days of double-digit revenue growth may be over; at least for the time being. Here's why. Read the Whole Article


April 14th, 2008
Drinking Water
Marlene

How safe is the water you drink? A MEMS device called lab-on-a-chip allows municipal water treatment plants the ability to quickly make sure our drinking water isn't contaminated. Read the Whole Article


March 18th, 2008
March Madness
Marlene

It's that time of year - March Madness is upon us - and with such high profile sports mania taking center stage for the next few weeks, I just had to see what role (if any) MEMS and nanotech might be playing. Read the Whole Article


February 18th, 2008
Diapers + Nanotech = Green?
Marlene

Like the Energizer Bunny®, the debate about disposable diapers and their environmental impact (landfills, public health, use of oil, destroying trees) keeps going and going. Can nanotechnology make a difference? Read the Whole Article


January 15th, 2008
Tire Pressure Monitoring
Marlene

Systems which automatically monitor the pressure of your car's tires are now standard equipment in all new vehicles in the US, but don't take them for granted. You may still need to manually check the pressure of your vehicle's tires; two different approaches are in use, one of which is more accurate than the other. Find out what you need to look for and the role that MEMS sensors are playing. Read the Whole Article


December 17th, 2007
Super Bugs and Nanosilver
Marlene

The use of silver nanoparticles in all kinds of products may not be as headline-grabbing as it was in 2006, but with the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, it's time to take another look. Read the Whole Article


November 18th, 2007
There's More to Paper Than Meets the Eye
Marlene

The qualities of paper have subtly changed in recent years, and perhaps become even more environmentally friendly, thanks to the use of nanotechnology. Read the Whole Article


October 14th, 2007
MEMS, Nanotechnology and the "Power Puzzle"
Marlene

Understanding the various aspects of energy, and its use, is the theme of this year's FIRST LEGO LEAGUE Challenge. Read the Whole Article


September 21st, 2007
MEMS & Nanotechnology for Kids
Marlene

Fall is back-to-school time, which also means it's time for another exciting challenge from FIRST LEGO League. Read the Whole Article


August 20th, 2007
A Lot of What's Being Labeled "Nanotech" Technically Isn't
Marlene

Just what is nanotechnology, anyway? A new book, A Consumer's Guide to MEMS & Nanotechnology, puts it all into perspective. Here's a sneak peek. Read the Whole Article


July 17th, 2007
Extreme Robots
Marlene

From nanobots to walking humanoids, robotics technology is rapidly becoming more diverse and increasingly sophisticated, as demonstrated at the 2007 RoboCup. Read the Whole Article


June 19th, 2007
Going Fishing?
Marlene

With summer in full swing, more people are gearing up to go fishing. While MEMS and nanotechnology can't guarantee that you'll catch more fish, they're certainly making the experience a lot more high-tech. Read the Whole Article


May 17th, 2007
Spotlight on Cell Phones
Marlene

With annual cell phone sales now exceeding 1 billion, it's no wonder that suppliers of MEMS devices and nanomaterials are targeting such a lucrative market. While applications are still hit or miss (as well as hard to find), the way these technological approaches are being put to use is quite interesting. Read the Whole Article


April 16th, 2007
Next-Generation Displays
Marlene

Next-generation displays always seems to be a topic of interest—but there's more here than just digital TVs. Wearable displays continue to make progress, heads-up displays in cars are on the verge of finding widespread use, and of course, there's always the cell phone. From MEMS to OLEDs, there's a lot more choice in the market than you might realize. Read the Whole Article


April 1st, 2007
An Update on Silver Nanoparticles
Marlene

The integration of silver into all kinds of products continues to grow, despite the EPA's announced intent to regulate products that advertise the use of silver nanoparticles to kill germs. With no end in sight to this growth, it shouldn't come as a surprise that more competition is starting to emerge. Read the Whole Article


February 19th, 2007
MEMS and Nanotech in Ink Jet Printing
Marlene

I've seen more printhead technology breakthroughs—and newcomers—enter the ink jet printing market in the past few months or so than I've seen in years. Three notable trends are emerging: the introduction of hybrid printheads (which combine both piezo and MEMS approaches), the kind of inks that are being developed (everything from biological materials to carbon nanotubes), and what they're being used to produce. Read the Whole Article

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