In which my Mom questions the size of my nanoparticles

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 …

Nanoparticles Are All Around Us

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; …

“Why all the nano-hype?” or “Do nanoparticles fall in love?”

Today we’ve got some important things to talk about. I’m not talking about the how or why we’re here on this planet, or settling the great cake vs. pie debate (because clearly pie is the correct choice). No, today we’re thinking big thoughts on small things. First things first though. Gone are the days when …

“How do Lasers Work?” or “Not your father’s lightsaber”

When Luke Skywalker receives his father’s lightsaber from Obi Wan in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, he learns that it is “not as random or clumsy as a blaster; an elegant weapon for a more civilized age.” Here at our Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology, we don’t work with weapons, no matter how sophisticated …

How do Black Lights Work, Why do Highlighters Look So Bright, and How Can You Impress Your Significant Other with Science?

Prepare to embark on a colorful and illuminating journey. Before we begin: Did you know that there is a secret world that exists right in front of your eyes? Did you know that we scientists have tapped into this secret world and are exploiting it to push the boundaries of knowledge? Do you have a …

“Size Matters Not” or “How tiny water fleas make a BIG difference in the science world”

In Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, the evil emperor creates an army of “clones” that are exactly identical to one another, all the way down to their DNA. Similarly, we scientists use a little water flea called Daphnia magna for this same reason, however it is not for evil purposes. Daphnia, just like the …

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