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NanoDays in Pictures

By Beck Tench on May 5, 2009 | 0 comments

NanoDays at SMM

There are currently 124 pictures from 19 institutions participating in our Flickr NanoDays 2009 pool (opens in a new window). If you have photos from your event, please add yours.

Calling all scientists, engineers, artists, designers, and creative thinkers

By Vrylena Olney on April 29, 2009 | 0 comments

The Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland is organizing an exhibit and festival "exploring nanotechnology and its implications for our future," and they're looking for ideas and proposals. They say they want proposals from "scientists, engineers, artists, designers, and creative thinkers," which sounds a lot like the NISE Net community to me.

Next Year We'll Have to Get a Tour Bus

By Vrylena Olney on April 28, 2009 | 0 comments

Frank Kusiak of the Lawrence Hall of Science took a NanoDays road trip to southern California and sent me a bunch of information about his travels! Read on for details and photos.

San Diego Science Festival

Introducing NanoDays: Visualized

By Beck Tench on April 23, 2009 | 0 comments

Institutions reporting as of April 23, 2009: 50

Beck Tench, here, your friendly NISE Net Online Community Manager. I'll be blogging NanoDays report results as they come in over the next couple of months and visualizing that data so that we can better understand how NanoDays played out across the country. (By the way, don't forget to submit your report by May 1st to be entered into a drawing for a free ASTC registration and travel stipend.)

Nano Haiku: Good Vibrations

By Vrylena Olney on April 23, 2009 | 0 comments

Nano radio
Playing in unseen smallness
Can anyone hear?

by Karen Pollard of the Science Museum of Minnesota

How I Learned to Stop Fearing the Nanobot

By Vrylena Olney on April 21, 2009 | 0 comments

Kim Duncan recently posted a nice adaptation of the Shrinking Robots! program for children's museum audiences.

I Made a Birthday Cake but It Was Too Small to See

By Vrylena Olney on April 17, 2009 | 0 comments

Get your party hats on, because April 25th is the birthday of nanotechnology pioneer Eric Drexler! Among other things, Drexler coined the term “grey goo” in his 1986 book Engines of Creation: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology to describe what might happen if hypothetical nanoscale assemblers self-replicated out of control and ate up everything else on the planet.

Girls and Nano

By Vrylena Olney on April 14, 2009 | 0 comments

I just got an email from Jayatri Das from The Franklin Institute about one of their NanoDays events targeted specifically to girls. The event, Girls Exploring Tomorrow's Technology (GETT), is designed to engage girls (grades 6 - 12) in science and introduce them to women who are actively involved in STEM careers.

Great Walls and Thin Films

By Vrylena Olney on April 10, 2009 | 0 comments

The National Science Foundation (NSF) just posted an interesting and very readable article by a graduate student who traveled to China to make nanostructured thin films for solar cells.

See-Through Toasters and More in Five Minutes or Less

By Vrylena Olney on April 8, 2009 | 0 comments

Here's one easy way to learn about some new nano applications. Industry analyst Marlene Bourne hosts a 5-minute podcast series called the Bourne Report on "next generation science, cool technologies, and real products" that often features nanotechnology. You can find the full archive here.