Hidden Life in Pond Water

While a tablespoon of pond water might look quite devoid of life, a closer look reveals quite the opposite. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIMJWWpOrjw Though they may be difficult to spot with the naked eye, that doesn't mean they're not important or amazing. Here are some of the amazing critters shown in that video and some interesting facts about each. …

A Boy and His Atom: The World’s Smallest Movie – Friday Video

This amazing movie was made using a microscope that can visualize atoms at 100 million times magnification. This microscope, known as a scanning tunneling microscope, can also move atoms around. For more, see Bob's post about Heinrich Rohrer, the late nobel prize winner who helped design the scanning tunneling microscope. Using this type of microscope, scientists …

New Nanomaterial for Increased Energy Efficiency – Friday Video

A research group at Drexel University has developed a set of material that show promise in increasing the energy storage capacity and charge/discharge speeds of lithium ion batteries. Batteries with greater storage capacity could be used to decrease the weight and energy efficiency of electric cars, for example. These materials consist of stacked sheets that are just …

Kadir Hussein Wins a Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity Award

The University of Minnesota's Office for Equity and Diversity awarded Kadir Hussein with their Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) Award. Kadir is an undergraduate student who does research as part of the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology under the guidance of Professor Christy Haynes at the University of Minnesota. He participated in our Research Experiences for …

Scientists work to prevent a nano-crisis

This post is written by Anna Bisaro and originally appeared on Medill Reports, a project of Northwestern University graduate journalism students. Sustainability. The magic word that rings with the promises of a better world and cost savings. People want to create clean energy, recycle wastes and eat locally-grown food, all in the quest for sustainability. …

Hewitt School Adventures in the Nano Zone!

Adventures In the Nano Zone! That is the title of the internet presentation that scientists from the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology gave last Friday to 8th graders at the Hewitt School, an all-girls school in New York City. That was followed by lively Q&A sessions. During this week, Hewitt School students will be asking Center …

Liquor Aging, Tiny Barrels, and Next Generation Solar Cells

"You've gotta give it a taste to know!" answered the long-haired, cowboy shirt-wearing distiller dude at Madison, Wisconsin's Old Sugar Distillery. He was responding to my incessant questions about how long their liquors take to age. His answer was interesting, but I wanted numbers! After some more pointed questions, he told me that most of their liquors …

Friday Video: Does Every Silver Lining Have a Cloud?

Happy Friday! That was a video by our friends at the Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology at Duke University. Our research goals are related to theirs. They are looking at things more from the perspective of the entire ecosystem, while we are taking a more "zoomed-in" approach--looking at things from the atomic- and molecular-scale. …