Emerging Technology in Air Pollution Sensors: EPA Wildland Fire Sensors Challenge

Landsat

California’s autumn 2018 Camp Fire wildfire was the deadliest and most destructive fire in the state’s history and the deadliest wildfire in the US in the past century.1,2 Eighty-five people have been confirmed dead with over 153,336 acres burned; the 2017 Tubbs wildfire, the second most destructive fire in the state’s history, burned through 36,807 …

What can big robots teach us about nanorobots?

nano crane

Can you imagine a technology that could fight diseases in blood vessels, map out complex structures in the body, and measure toxic chemicals in the environment? The potential benefits of nanorobots (really really small robots designed to do things that humans are too big to do) are huge! But before nanorobots can be put into …

Notable Black STEMists: Celebrating Black History Month on Twitter

Annie Easley

Representation in STEM is something that is incredibly important to me. Higher education isn’t filled with people like me – people of color. The more I advance in my career, the more important I find it to use my platform to highlight people of color who have broken insurmountable boundaries to be successful in their …

Valentine’s Day Science: What do M&Ms have to do with nanotechnology?

Do you have a favorite color of M&M, or a favorite type of M&M? Personally, I’m partial to orange M&Ms and mini M&Ms. You might think that orange M&Ms taste the same as all the other colors, and minis taste the same as regular-size, but you’d only be half right! Although you might expect both …

Recommended Reading: Polar Vortex Edition

AIRS

Have you ever felt your nose hairs freeze? Many of us in the midwest and northeast regions of the United States are getting the chance this winter as severe cold weather has created some dangerous (as well as nasally weird) conditions. So, whether you're stuck inside today because you could get frostbite after 5 minutes …

Chemistry and Art in the Mountains of Morocco

Last month, I went on a dream trip – a 9-day tour through Morocco. Morocco is a beautiful country at the cultural crossroads of Africa and the Middle East, with a touch of Europe (it was a French colony for much of the 20thCentury). We visited big cities like Casablanca, Fez, and Marrakech, but my …

2018: Sustainable Nano Year in Review

Welcome to 2019 and the 6th anniversary of Sustainable Nano! This is a big year for the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology: we have an important National Science Foundation review in the spring, and in the fall we will submit the proposal to continue our NSF funding for another five years. In 2018, the CSN had …

Running towards a degree

marathon

I don’t enjoy running long distances. A lot of people talk about their experience in training and running marathons: most of these people describe running as "fun" or "exciting" but that is not my experience. I have come to describe my relationship with running, and exercise in general, as "mental health maintenance." Although I didn’t …