A Big Celebration of Small Things: NanoDays

23 03 2012

We talked about NanoDays, a national celebration of nanoscience, last year on the blog. Well, it’s back and on Sunday we’re hosting our own NanoParty here at the Museum.  From noon until 5pm on Sunday, March 25th, museum educators will be presenting various hands on activities to teach concepts related to nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future.

Come to NanoDays and explore tiny science, such as polymer chains to make slime.

Advancements in nanoscience are popping up in the news with increasing frequency. It’s likely that you have used products that have been improved by nanoscale research. Did you know that many types of sunscreen use nanotechnology? And that wrinkle-free and stain-resistant clothing are so easy to care for because of their nanoscale makeup?

Get up close to some small stuff!

We found some interesting NanoNews articles that we’d like to share with you!

  • Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Labratory have been studying how molecules might improve the performance of electronics. They recently made an experimental determination in which a molecule transferred an electrical charge to another molecule. Research with organic electronics have been used to make flexible display screens and solar cells. You can read more about this particular study here.
  • A group of nanoscientists from the Science Foundation Ireland have discovered a new material that could transform flat screen monitors for computers and televisions. The team is working closely with manufacturers who may be interested in using the finding in actual products. Find out more here.
  •  In nearby NanoNews, researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas and Virginia Tech have developed a vehicle inspired by a jellyfish to use for underwater rescue and surveillance missions. The “Robojelly” gets its energy from hydrogen and oxygen gas found in water – it doesn’t need batteries or electricity! The Robojelly is covered in artificial muscles that are made of a metal alloy wrapped in carbon nanotubes that is coated with platinum. Check out details here and watch the Robojelly in action!
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