Celebrating Science at a Science Fiction Convention

I am a second-generation science fiction fan; my parents have been Star Trek fans since the ‘60s, and I grew up on PBS reruns of Doctor Who in the ‘80s. Like so many others, my appreciation for science fiction definitely played a role in developing my interests in real-world science. One of my favorite ways …

Nano-textiles: The Fabric of the Future

When you think of futuristic clothing, you probably imagine lots of metallics, holographic accents, and textures. In fact, the sci-fi imagery that springs to mind is coming back into fashion, as evidenced by some recent runway trends (Figure 1). While we can’t say for certain what the fashion of the future will look like, many of …

Will Ingesting Gold Nanoparticles Make Me Smarter?

“I want to ingest nanogold as an experiment to see if it really does turn your brain into a hyper processor.” - question submitted by a Sustainable Nano reader As a chemist, I cringe at the thought of drinking nanoparticles (or anything) out of a beaker in lab. In fact, my knee-jerk response to your …