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Nanotechnology education online: more free resources

Posted by Christine Peterson on November 30th, 2007

Yesterday we highlighted MIT’s work in getting their course materials online. But many other schools with courses relevant to nanotech have been working on similar goals, especially UC Berkleley. For a useful overview of what’s out there, see Jimmy Ruska’s page on Free Education (it covers all fields, not just nanotechnology). An excerpt: Ranked as [...]

Get a free nanotechnology education via MIT

Posted by Christine Peterson on November 29th, 2007

Like many MIT alumni, I have decidedly mixed feelings about the school, but one program to be entirely pleased with is OCW: OpenCourseWare, the free online provision of MIT course materials. They just reached a major milestone: Join us as we celebrate the publication of virtually the entire MIT curriculum — 1800 courses — on [...]

Nanotechnology art competition deadline Dec 31

Posted by Christine Peterson on November 27th, 2007

Words can’t really get across the essence of the nanoscale and potential of nanotechnology, but images can do much better. That’s why Foresight encourages participation in the NanoArt competition: FREE Entries NanoArt 2007 INTERNATIONAL ONLINE COMPETITION Submission deadline December 31, 2007. Open to All Artists and Scientists – Three Electron Microscope Scans are provided as [...]

Second Life gets Nanotechnology Island

Posted by Christine Peterson on November 20th, 2007

On October 8, some of us were in the air on our way to the Productive Nanosystems Conference (pdf). Others — specifically, — were blogging about the new Nanotechnology Island in Second Life: Dave Taylor, of the National Physical Laboratory (in the UK), explains that some of the key objectives are to: “provide resources [...]

MIT alums to geek out on nanotechnology in 15 cities

Posted by Christine Peterson on November 2nd, 2007

Most nanotechnology emails I receive are because the sender knows I have some connection to the field professionally. This one came due only to my being an MIT alum. The nanotech event described is only for such alumni, but I bet it’s possible to get in some other way if you try hard enough: “It’s [...]

Inspirational nanotechnology images on new site

Posted by Christine Peterson on October 26th, 2007

Getting experimental results in nanotechnology can be a long, hard slog — those doing this work need and deserve inspiration. Beautiful nanoscale images — both of current results and future designs — can help. Damian Allis shows us some of his own images in his post about a new nanoscale art/gallery site called Nanohedron. From [...]

Nanotechnology "Unconference" now open to general public

Posted by Christine Peterson on October 19th, 2007

Registration for Foresight’s Nov. 3-4 Vision Weekend focused on nanotechnology and other advanced technologies — traditionally restricted to Foresight Senior Associates — is being opened to the general public this year as an experiment. Space is limited and participants are advised to register very soon. To warm up for our Sat/Sun afternoon unconference, in the [...]

Vision Weekend Unconference now open to Nanodot readers

Posted by Christine Peterson on October 12th, 2007

This year as an experiment we are opening up a subset of seats at the Nov. 3-4 Foresight Vision Weekend to members of special groups such as Nanodot readers. The event is usually open only to Foresight Senior Associate members: I encourage you to check out this event. Since it is an Unconference, you [...]

Check out MIT nanotechnology videos

Posted by Christine Peterson on October 4th, 2007

Some MIT nanotechnology activities are targeted at alumni, but you may be able to get in the door at a higher price: It’s a Small World November 15, 2007 MIT Alumni Association, in conjunction with regional Clubs, is planning two webcasts and receptions for alumni in Cambridge and around the world for the upcoming year. [...]

Test your nanotechnology IQ

Posted by Christine Peterson on September 12th, 2007

Our friends over at Nanowerk have put together a light-hearted little nanotechnology IQ test which nanotech trackers might enjoy. Some questions are fun: Question 12: Which of these well-known phrases from Star Trek depends on the (fictional) use of nanotechnology? Some not so much: Question 19: A silver coin with a diameter of 4 cm [...]

U.S. to build more nanotechnology engineers

Posted by Christine Peterson on August 22nd, 2007

U.S. students aren’t going into science and engineering they way they used to, but nanotechnology is sexy enough to attract their attention. So nanotech is the focus of a new education and training effort described in EE Times, called Nine (the National Institute for Nano-Engineering): Coinciding with the President’s Aug. 9 passage of the America [...]

Nanotechnology researcher, student, communicator nominations due tomorrow

Posted by Christine Peterson on June 29th, 2007

There’s still time to get your nominations in for this year’s top nanotechnology researcher, student researcher, and communicator or publication: The Productive Nanosystems conference will detail the pathways leading to the ultimate in manufacturing, and the Feynman Prizes recognize this year’s most impressive achievements toward that goal,” said Dr. Pearl Chin, President of Foresight Nanotech [...]

Visionary French view of nanotechnology online

Posted by Christine Peterson on May 21st, 2007

Now we can all explore a French version of the Powers of Ten, produced as part of a nanotechnology exhibit by the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie museum in Paris, brought to our attention by Foresight Senior Associate Gina Miller. Topics covered include Basics, Techniques, Uses, Ethics, “The Debate”, and Nanojourney (the powers-of-ten style [...]

Participatory nanotechnology ethics: Join right in

Posted by Christine Peterson on May 15th, 2007

Nanowerk reports on a new nanotechnology ethics database at IIT: NanoEthicsBank. Perhaps the most interesting aspect is their experiment with participatory tagging: In conjunction with the fixed subject terms used in the NanoEthicsBank, we are also developing an experimental “folksonomy” tagging system for the database. A folksonomy is a user-generated taxonomy that uses open-ended labels [...]

Three days of nanotechnology bootcamp

Posted by Christine Peterson on May 14th, 2007

If you’re interested in dipping your toe into academic nanotechnology but don’t have time to go back to school, consider the ASME Nano Training Bootcamp this September. It’s mostly top-down, but includes some bottom-up nanotech such as self-assembly and useful tools such as scanning probes. In addition to the lectures at Santa Clara, you’ll get [...]

7th graders to clean ocean with nanotechnology

Posted by Christine Peterson on April 26th, 2007

The winners of this year’s Lego engineering contest were inspired by nanotechnology concepts to design a robot to clean plastic from the ocean: For the competition, the students had to prepare a presentation on this year’s theme — nanotechnology, or molecular-size machines. They looked for a nanotech application that could clean up small, degraded plastic [...]

Visualizing nanotechnology in context

Posted by Christine Peterson on April 2nd, 2007

It’s hard for us macroscale beings to get a gut feel for the extreme size differences between, say, ourselves and nanoscale objects. The old “Powers of Ten” illustrations helped, but now there’s a new online version from Nikon called Universcale, which shows from 1026 to 10-15 meters. One billionth is such an unimaginable, unrealistic smallness. [...]

The nanotechnology book for your coffee table

Posted by Christine Peterson on March 21st, 2007

Finally, some decent swag for us here at Nanodot: We have received a review copy of the Italian book Blow-up: Images from the Nanoworld mentioned here earlier. It lives up to its advertising, being a beautiful collection of nanoscale (and microscale) images by Lucia Covi, including AFM tips, nanodevices, quantum dots, nanowires, DNA, nanotubes, and [...]

Singapore exports nanotechnology learning tools

Posted by Christine Peterson on March 12th, 2007

Now, kids around the world can benefit from the nanoeducational prowess of Singapore. (Or at least rich kids can.) The ever-vigilant website Nanowerk brings word of three Nano-Bio educational kits available for ordering from Singapore. They’re perhaps a bit more bio- than nano-oriented, but whatever gets kids doing science and technology is helpful: One of [...]

Your chance to influence nanotechnology policy

Posted by Christine Peterson on February 23rd, 2007

If you’re a Foresight member, you’re already helping improve nanotechnology policy, but here’s another way: apply to participate in the upcoming online course Debating Science and The Nanotechnology Debate. In the syllabus (pdf), the actual course name appears to be “Debating Science: Practical Reasoning and Nanotechnology”: For example, what is the current state of development [...]