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Real World Nano: Nanotechnology for Human Enhancement: What Does the Public Think?

Clark Miller, Arizona State University

In 2002, two scientific leaders at the US National Science Foundation, Mihail Roco and William Bainbridge, edited a report entitled Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance. The report highlights nanotechnology for its ability to drive a convergence of technologies from multiple domains, including neuroscience, biotechnology, and computing, for the purposes of human enhancement. That is,...

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Real World Nano: Why Does Nano Matter? Bio-Non-Bio Interfaces

Clark Miller, Arizona State University

What would it mean if biological and non-biological systems were not just fully connectable but fully interchangeable? That’s one of the questions that nanotechnology poses for us. More than any other field of scientific inquiry, nanotechnology operates at the basic scales of biology. DNA, for example, has a rough width of 2.5 nm. Viruses are roughly 20 to 250 nm. A bacteria is roughly 1000 nm. So, nanotechnology spans from the scale of individual biological molecules through the scale of simple biological systems to the scale of living cells....

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Earth Day 2010

Vrylena Olney

Earth Day is April 22nd, and there are lots of potential Earth Day - nano ties.  Here's a sample of resources, activities, and articles that might be relevant: 

Energy (general)

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MAKING STUFF Frequently Asked Questions

Vrylena Olney

Last week I posted information about the small grants MRS and WGBH are offering to organize outreach events around the premiere of Making Stuff.  Apparently, a lot of folks have had similar questions about the outreach events, so the team wrote up answers to the top questions:

  • Question: Does a local Outreach Coalition have to do everything on the list?
    Answer: No, you should
  • ...

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Posters, Presentations, and Broader Impacts

Vrylena Olney

The NISE Net is sponsoring a bunch of professional development opportunities at the upcoming Materials Research Society Spring Meeting in San Francisco, April 5 - 9.  Admission is included in meeting registration for all of these workshops, no additional registration is required.

Here are the workshops:

(New!) Technical Poster Design Seminar

Monday, April 5
3:00 - 4:00 p.m...

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Real World Nano: Why does nano matter? Surface area.

Clark Miller, Arizona State University

Thanks, everyone, for your great comments to the first RWN post! Keep 'em coming. I'll respond there and in future posts. The question for today is: why does nano matter?

At the 2009 NISE Net annual meeting, evaluators noted that museums were doing a great job of teaching core nanoscience concepts, and they’d also managed to make nano modestly interesting (admittedly, not as interesting as Star Wars, but more interesting than many other things museums are doing). But, no matter how they were asked,...

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Nano Jobs!

Vrylena Olney



Lotus Leaves and Nano Pants at the Too Small To See Opening at the Sciencenter.



The Sciencenter in Ithaca, NY, is hiring a project manager and education project coordinator to work on NISE Net programs and exhibits, along with other projects. The position descriptions and application instructions are...

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