Making things small can make them behave differently and in new research, an international team of scientists have extended this to superfluid helium (which only exists near absolute zero temperature). Superfluids are already interesting in a lot of ways, like having no friction and the ability to climb walls but it turns out that if you confine them to nano-sized pipes, instead of flowing faster (like when you mostly cover the end of a garden hose with your thumb) the superfluid actually slows down.
NISE Network Blog
Three New Opportunities Announced: 1) Museum and Community Partnerships, 2) Building with Biology, and 3) Sustainability in Science Museums
Even as our ten years of funding from the National Science Foundation comes to an end, the NISE Net's capacity to reach the public is at its peak! The numbers in our year-10 annual report show a total of 598 organizations that regularly participate in NISE Net activities, of which 352 are museums or other kinds of informal science education groups, 203 are groups from universities, and 43 are a variety of other kinds of organizations.
In her position as Program Director for Education and Outreach at Penn State University's Center for Nanoscale Science, Kristin Dreyer's initiatives reach a wide range of audiences. For NanoDays 2015, she planned three different events targeting children and families (through a festival-style NanoDays at a local museum), research colleagues (through a weekly café), and grade 6-12 teachers (through a teacher workshop). Working to leverage the intersection of these events, Kristin recruited graduate student volunteers who could commit to participating in all three events to achieve "bigger picture" broader impact goals.
Many thanks to all NISE Network partners who participated in local NanoDays events nationwide!
You can tell us about your NanoDays 2015 event by filling out the NanoDays online report:
Thank you for participating in NanoDays!
NanoDays promotional and marketing materials include a sample press release you can customize for your institution, promotional 30-second video, logos, clip art, and photos (these were included in your physical kit). We’ve also included icons if you want to put a link on your website to the public audience website: www.whatisnano.org. More information and resources are available here:
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