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Nano Poetry Boundaries Broken!

Vrylena Olney

I knew the NISE Net was special. But even I did not expect this. Only one day after the Nano Bite e-newsletter went out, I am happy to announce that we have our first ever nano sestina. I am verklempt.

And the special honor of Nano Poet Laureate goes to Anders Liljeholm. Anders has previously contributed shorter poetic works on nano themes to the Nano Bite, but I feel with this sestina, he's able to explore these themes in much more depth. Congratulations Anders.

A Nano Sestina
by Anders Liljeholm

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Washington DC Nano News - Learning Informal Science in Congress: People, Places, and Policy

Margaret Glass

authored by Margaret Glass

The National Academies report Learning Science in Informal Environments can provide our field a more identifiable and meaningful place at the table of education policy - if we learn how to use it for that purpose. One recent success in this direction is the inclusion of definitions of formal and informal learning in the latest version of S. 1482: the NNI Amendment Act introduced in the Senate on July 21. In January,...

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Nanotubes and Asbestos Video

Vrylena Olney
(A confession: Brad Herring sent me a link to this video months ago and I carefully filed it away to include in a later blog post and in the newsletter. Then I forgot about it until Brad very graciously mentioned it last week. My apologies.)

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Nano Sunscreens: Not So Bad?

Vrylena Olney

There's been some debate about the safety of nano-sized particles of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide in sunscreens-- one of the scenarios discussed in the NISE Net's Nanomedicine in Healthcare forum relates to using nano-sized particles of zinc oxide in sunscreen. However, one consumer group recently weighed in that maybe nano sunscreens are okay. As a very pale person with a family history of...

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Blowing Bubbles and Learning About Nanostructures

Vrylena Olney
Visitors to the Sciencenter in Ithaca, NY, are blowing bubbles and exploring the nanoworld at the same time. Visitors to the outdoor science park investigate the properties of bubbles, structures that self-assemble from soap film. They also create large soap films, observing that the colors of the film depend on its thickness. Summer campers are using clear nail polish to make rainbow-colored thin films that won't pop.

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