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Viper's light-absorbing black scales are a wonder of nature's nanotechnology

The Gaboon viper's skin absorbs light. Photo: Shutter Stock

The West African Gaboon viper, one of the largest in Africa and a master of camouflage, has dark spots in the pattern of its skin that are deep, velvety black and reflect very little light.

Sunday, 19 May, 2013, 1:38am

Nanomedicine could outdo surgery

The nanoparticle is made by linking amino acids, the building blocks of protein.

In 1959, the Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman predicted that we would one day be able to "swallow the doctor" to heal ailments from inside our bodies.

22 Apr 2013 - 9:36am

UK scientists develop cheap test-tube technique to spot disease

Scientists in Britain say they have developed a super-sensitive test using nanoparticles to spot markers for cancer or the virus that can lead to Aids in blood serum that can be verified using the naked eye.

30 Oct 2012 - 4:05am

Invisible tag using nanotechnology may thwart counterfeiters

Scientists yesterday reported they had invented an invisible tag using the widely used "quick response" code to help thwart banknote forgers and criminals who sell bogus drugs or fake vintage wine.

13 Sep 2012 - 4:11am

Health bites

Make time by giving time

17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

All wired up for a thrilling ride

BZRK By Michael Grant Published by Electric Monkey / Egmont ISBN 978 1 4052 5993 4

Michael Grant is the author of the best-selling Gone series. He ratchets up his game to an even higher level of thrills with BZRK.

Grant's new science-fiction adventure is for older teens and is set sometime in the future.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Relentless sci-fi thriller enters scary world of nanotechnology

BZRK By Michael Grant Published by Electric Monkey/Egmont ISBN 9781405259934

Michael Grant, author of the best-selling Gone series, ups his game to a higher level of thrills with BZRK, a mind-blowing dystopian sci-fi adventure for older teens. It is a roller-coaster ride that will appeal to gamers as well as thrill-seeking readers.

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

To see the world in a grain of sand

Ever wonder why it's so hard to swat a fly? It's because that pesky little insect has better flight manoeuvrability than any human or any machine that humans have yet devised.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

Fungus may be key to cancer treatment

A molecule found in a tropical mushroom could turn a potentially toxic element into a weapon against breast cancer, according to researchers at Polytechnic University.

20 Dec 2011 - 12:00am


Micro by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston (read by John Bedford Lloyd) HarperCollins (audiobook)

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Small is beautiful

While a product's packaging may tell you exactly what the cream, gel or serum contains, have you ever thought about whether the ingredients can penetrate deep enough into your skin to give you the desired results?

19 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Nano breakthrough to revolutionise waste water management



Dunwell Enviro-Tech

Nanotechnology, developed jointly by a local enterprise and a local university, is set to revolutionise waste water management.

22 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

The fascinating world of very little things

The concept of 'smallness' has taken on a new meaning with the recent spectacular advances in the field of nanotechnology. It is startling to learn of the infinite power that can be unleashed by the science of manipulating the infinitesimally small.

25 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Coming clean

Slim and elegant, the new X22 notebook personal computer from Samsung Electronics was designed to impress with its rich specifications - including Intel Celeron technology, a 14.1-inch display, a 120-gigabyte hard drive and an eight-cell battery. But attention is also due to its Silver Nano anti-bacterial keyboard.

26 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Robots show the way to future

Budding scientists put their knowledge of nanotechnology to the test with computer-controlled robots at the Hong Kong FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League Robotics Tournament held earlier this month.

Nanotechnology is the science of building electronic circuits and devices from single atoms and molecules.

14 Mar 2007 - 12:00am