The Sustainable Nano Guide to Holiday Gift Lists

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It's that time of year: the time when everyone starts publishing holiday gift guides! I enjoy reading science-oriented gift lists, not only to get ideas for what to give other people (or what to ask for myself) but because they offer the opportunity to celebrate geeky creativity and ingenuity. If you're buying things as gifts, …

De-Jargonification of Scientific Explications (AKA How to Say Stuff More Simply)

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Scientific writing is notoriously full of jargon. Jargon includes technical terms that are specific to a certain discipline, or sometimes it can be everyday words that mean something different in science than they do in normal life. Jargon has its place -- it can help scientists be very precise when communicating with each other. But …

Sustainable Nano Summer Update

Sustainable Nano is taking a bit of a break for the summer, but science doesn’t stop! Activities for the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology include our Research Experience for Undergraduates and Research Experience for Veterans programs, which bring undergraduate students from around the country to do research in CSN labs for 10 weeks each summer. Keep …

The March for Science: A CSN Photo Album

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Two weeks ago (on the 47th annual Earth Day), about 150,000 people across 600 cities around the world gathered together for the March for Science. Our last blog post included a list of interesting pre-march readings, and you can check out more thoughtful reports and analyses from afterward at the bottom of this post. In the meantime, here's a gallery of …

Recommended Audio for Our Podcast Listeners

Alas, there is no new Sustainable Nano Podcast episode this week. But while you're eagerly awaiting the next installment, here are a few other radio and podcast pieces related to the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology that you might enjoy: Wisconsin Public Radio's Larry Meiller Show interview with CSN Director Bob Hamers: Materials Research For Renewable Energy People Behind the Science …

Friday Recommended Reading

Many trainees and faculty from the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology spent this past week at the 253rd American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting. While we're recovering, we hope you'll enjoy a collection of interesting readings: News releases from the ACS National meeting Video captures moment plastic enters food chain by Mark Kinver (relevant to our podcast interview with …

What Does the U.S Election Mean for Science?

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There’s no getting around it: the President of the United States always has the potential for profound effects on scientific research and science-related policy and legislation in this country. And because of global interconnectedness (political as well as ecological), this in turn can have ramifications around the world. Many of us are wondering what the …

Recommended Reading: Spring Break Edition

It's Recommended Reading Day here at Sustainable Nano!  There's so much great stuff out there on the internet that it's impossible to catch it all, so we thought we'd offer you a little sampling of 10 cool things we shared on Twitter and Facebook over the last couple weeks. Undark: Deborah Blum (director of the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT and most recently …