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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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Network-Wide Meeting: Keynotes

Vrylena Olney

Just a few weeks ago, the NISE Net hosted its Network-Wide Meeting in San Francisco (October 26 - 28, 2010). There were three keynote talks during the first morning of the meeting, and all three presenters have graciously agreed to share their presentations with the Network here.

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"The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Pencil Lead"

Vrylena Olney

We didn't have room in the latest newsletter to include all the different links and interesting resources related to the 2010 Nobel Prize award for work on graphene.   If you missed it in the newsletter, or are just looking for even more graphene information, keep reading:

The 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov of the University of Manchester "for groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene." Graphene is a flat sheet of carbon with a...

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Real World Nano: Why Nano Matters: Saving the World?

Clark Miller, Arizona State University

Of all of the issues facing humanity at the moment, climate change is arguably the biggest. So, could the world’s smallest technology be the answer? This question was posed last month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by David Keith, an engineering and physicist from the University of Calgary. Keith is a geoengineer—which is to say that he’s part of a small community of scientists who feel strongly that...

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