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Nano Love

Vrylena Olney

Michael Wilson (aka "Coma Niddy"), who also happens to be an Explainer at the New York Hall of Science, created this nano-themed music video for Valentine's Day:

The lyrics are posted below, you can find citations and more information here.

Lyrics:

[Hook]

I got that...

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ASTC to Announce Support for a PES Community of Practice

Larry Bell

ASTC is going to announce its support for a Community of Practice around Public Engagement with Science at the upcoming ASTC conference in an open session on Sunday, October 16, at 10:30 AM...

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Risk, Uncertainty, and Sustainable Innovation: New perspectives on emerging challenges

Larry Bell

We scientists and innovators should just accept the idea that when it comes to new and emerging technologies that at some point along the way we are going to “cock it up.”  The public knows it will happen and we can build a more trusting relationship with the public if we fess up to it in advance. This is one idea expressed today at a conference organized by Andrew Maynard at the University of Michigan.

Participants from industry, government, academia, and non-government sectors gathered today in Ann Arbor today to explore thorny topics related to risk and emerging technologies. Rae...

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Growing Interest in Networks

Larry Bell

The National Science Foundation has asked CAISE (Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education) to explore creating a focus on networks at it's PI Summit in the spring.  CAISE is using the ASTC session that NISE Net Manager Vrylena Olney proposed, with me as moderator, as a jumping off point for their planning their network strand, along with a meeting in DC in November.  Here's what the announcement in a recent issue of ASTC Informs ...

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Nanotechnology moves from discovery to commercialization

Larry Bell

Research on publications and patent applications filed by both large and small corporations illustrates the trends in commercialization of nanotechnology -- to what extent and in what fields ideas are turning into commercial products.  Jan Youtie of Georgia Tech presented the following slide at a workshop on Nanotechnology, Business, and Anticipatory Governance organized by the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University today.  I thought you might enjoy seeing it.  (Click on the image to see it full size.)

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Nano Trivia for NanoDays!

Vrylena Olney

Looking for an icebreaker for the beginning of a science café? Or trivia to use on social media sites to help promote your NanoDays events?

The NISE Net's Science Café Guide included a number of trivia questions, and with so many of you in the midst of NanoDays or about to host NanoDays events, I thought the questions might be particularly useful this week. These questions include pop culture references in addition to more scientific questions. I've pasted the questions from the guide below, plus the bonus...

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Nano is real! And it's not just silver and sunscreen.

Larry Bell

Sheets of carbon nanotube material 4 yards wide and 100 yards long! Two kilometer spools of carbon nanotube yarn! Mercedes adjustable tint sunroofs! Mobile phone charging shoulder bags. Powerplastic! All of these were featured at NanoDays in Boston today.

Five years ago when we visited the Materials Research Society meeting in Boston we got some jars filled with a black powder that was supposedly carbon nanotubes. Getting some of the real stuff was exciting but there was really nothing we could do with it....

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