2016: Sustainable Nano Year in Review
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2016: Sustainable Nano Year in Review

Happy New Year, everyone! 2016 was a very busy year for Sustainable Nano and the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology. Researchers in the Center had nine papers published in scientific journals and have a number of others already submitted for review (you can see a running list of our publications here, including links to many public-friendly blog posts explaining the … Continue reading

A Veteran’s Story of One Summer with the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology
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A Veteran’s Story of One Summer with the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology

It seems like just yesterday when I was enlisted in the U.S. Navy performing naval exercises to improve international relations with South Korea and Japan. I completed search and rescue swimmer training, and troubleshot critical casualties during time sensitive operations. However, I have never been so intimidated in my life than with what I was … Continue reading

What is Machine Learning and How is it Changing Physical Chemistry and Materials Science?
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What is Machine Learning and How is it Changing Physical Chemistry and Materials Science?

When I talk about artificial intelligence (AI), the usual images that come to mind are from fiction: Hal from 2001: A Space Odyssey, the cyborg from The Terminator, or perhaps the gloomy world of The Matrix. Since March 2016, however, the poster child for real-world AI has become AlphaGo, the computer program developed by Google Deepmind … Continue reading

Does Eating Turkey Make You Sleepy? (Answer: No, but tryptophan can teach us about nanotoxicology!)
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Does Eating Turkey Make You Sleepy? (Answer: No, but tryptophan can teach us about nanotoxicology!)

Every Thanksgiving we gorge ourselves on delicious food and become very sleepy. Inevitably at that point, someone volunteers that it’s the turkey that’s made you tired. Turkey meat contains a naturally occurring amino acid called L-tryptophan, which is necessary for the synthesis of melatonin, which in turn helps regulate sleep cycles.1 It has been shown … Continue reading