Why do glaciers sometimes look blue? Hint: it’s not for the same reason we see blue as the color of the sky!
On this episode of the podcast, we have an interview with Dr. Robert Hamers, following up on his recent blog post. Bob is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology, and he tells us about a recent family trip to Alaska that got him wondering about why some glaciers have an amazing blue color. Continue reading
Here is the underside of a ladybug. Click the image to enlarge. You won’t regret it! In this post I hope to help you appreciate just how small “nano” is, using the official ladybug of science! Before we get there, let me explain how I took this image. Step 1 – Find a dead ladybug. … Continue reading
For many people the celebration of the 4th of July is not totally complete without a good aerial fireworks show. A good firework show needs to have two essential components to deliver that thrilling experience most of us love to see—sound and color effects. Nanotechnology could make it possible for these fireworks effects to be … Continue reading
Introducing the Friday Video series! This one will melt your mind! Continue reading
I was talking to my mom the other day, about nanoparticles of course, and she said: “Wait a second! Are there different sizes of nanoparticles?? I thought nano was just nano! You know?” Thanks for the question mom! 🙂 Refresher: nanoparticles are just spherical or nearly-spherical nanomaterials. To answer my mom’s question: There are LOTS of different … Continue reading
I love a good dystopian novel where technology has gotten out of hand and changed some futuristic society into a place none of us would want to live – think Brave New World, 1984, Cat’s Cradle, or Oryx and Crake. I think these fictional stories are great thought experiments, revealing the importance of science done … Continue reading
You’re looking at an electron micrograph of gold nanoparticles; a snap shot of tiny gold crystals that are 1/10,000th the diameter of a human hair. Nanoparticles just these like may soon transform every aspect of our day to day lives, from the size of our personal electronic devices to the way diagnose and treat cancer; … Continue reading