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Introduction to Nanoscience
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Introduction to Nanoscience

Can you imagine studying and manipulating matter at the scale of a nanometer — 100,000 times smaller than the thickness of a human hair? That's nanoscience.

Today we think of the cell as a miniature factory with many dedicated molecular machines. Find out how researchers are looking to cells to create science and technology on a tiny, but magnificently powerful, scale.

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Crawling, Nano-Sized Robots

Crawling, Nano-Sized Robots

In recent years, scientists have been building nanorobots out of DNA, the same stuff that makes human life possible. Discover how they hope these nanobots might one day change the way doctors work. More...

Article
Science News for Students
The Art of Nanotech

The Art of Nanotech

You might be surprised just how beautiful objects smaller than the period at the end of this sentence can be. Check out this nano gallery. More...

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NOVA/PBS
Nano Word Search

Nano Word Search

Buckyballs and fullerenes might be crazy small, but thankfully you won't need a microscope to find them in this game. More...

Game
Wonderville
What Are Cancer-Fighting Nanobots?

What Are Cancer-Fighting Nanobots?

Visit MIT, where bots are being built that can find their way to a tumor all on their own, and meet the scientists behind this pioneering research. More...

Article
Discovery
Self-Assembly: Ice Cream with Sprinkles

Self-Assembly: Ice Cream with Sprinkles

Nanocapsules can be filled with medicine or used to clean up oil spills. Watch Keeli and Connor use self-assembly to manufacture chocolate, strawberry, and maple syrup beads to top ice cream sundaes. More...

Activity
DragonflyTV/PBS
Nano Careers

Nano Careers

When it comes to the future, don't dream big. Dream small! Explore some of the exciting careers possible in the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology. More...

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Wonderville
Nanotech Security from Butterflies

Nanotech Security from Butterflies

Beware, counterfeiters! The Blue Morpho butterfly is on the case. See why scientists are looking to the insect to make money and credit cards more secure. More...

Video
Veritasium
The Many Layers of Innovation

The Many Layers of Innovation

What do you get when you pile up thin films? A thin film. At 3M, such films (still no thicker than a Post-it Note) are being used to make things like images the size of buildings. More...

Article
3M
What’s Nano?

What’s Nano?

Join Ebony and Jasmine as they visit a juggling show to learn more about nanotechnology. More...

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DragonflyTV/PBS
Nanodetector

Nanodetector

Grab some plastic cups, a measuring spoon, imitation vanilla, and water and create your own "nanodetector." More...

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DragonflyTV/PBS
Just Add Water

Just Add Water

Every water molecule has two atoms of hydrogen, but how do you get that hydrogen alone, so you can use it in, say, a fuel cell? One way is to use particles of aluminum barely larger than atoms. More...

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National Defense Education Program
Contact Lens Offers Hope for Diabetics

Contact Lens Offers Hope for Diabetics

People with Type 1 diabetes have to draw blood to check sugar levels several times a day. Researchers hope this tiny glucose sensor mounted on a contact lens might be able to monitor blood sugar levels for them. More...

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NPR
Scientist Profile: Toyologist

Scientist Profile: Toyologist

Katie Broughton's job is all fun and games. See how she used nanomuscles (tiny hair-like wires) to create realistic blinking eyeballs in a doll. More...

Profile
DragonflyTV/PBS
Graphene Applications & Uses

Graphene Applications & Uses

This atom-thick layer of carbon is the first 2D material ever discovered — but the story doesn't end there. Graphene has several amazing properties. More...

Article
Graphenea
Hydrophobic Sand Could Combat Desert Water Shortages

Hydrophobic Sand Could Combat Desert Water Shortages

Engineers have used nanotechnology to create a waterproof sand that could allow farmers in desert lands to use much less water to grow crops. Find out how this would work. More...

Article
Phys.org
Nanotechnology Restores Flaking Frescos

Nanotechnology Restores Flaking Frescos

A group of Italian chemists has found a way to use nano-sized particles of slaked lime to re-adhere the flaking paint of frescoes. Take a look at how it works. More...

Article
Nature
Naomi Halas: Expert Q&A

Naomi Halas: Expert Q&A

This nanotech pioneer developed nanoshells — molecules laced with gold — that bind to tumors and can be blasted with infrared light to kill them. More...

Profile
NOVA/PBS
Scientist Profile: Biomedical Engineer

Scientist Profile: Biomedical Engineer

Tejal Desai designs tiny, nano-sized capsules to transport medicine in the body to the exact spot it is needed. Her work could change how diabetes is treated in the future. More...

Profile
DragonflyTV/PBS
Scientist Profile: Nanocar Engineer

Scientist Profile: Nanocar Engineer

Jason Guerrero uses chemical reactions to create the smallest cars in the world: nanocars! One day nano-sized vehicles might transport molecules and make it easier to build things at the nanoscale. More...

Profile
DragonflyTV/PBS
Self-Assembling Nanoflowers

Self-Assembling Nanoflowers

Researchers created micron-scale gardens of flowers from crystals that build themselves. How? Through delicate chemical reactions. More...

Article
Popular Science
Uphill Climb

Uphill Climb

The Tour de France is filled with challenging climbs. With 2,000 miles to travel, every ounce of a cyclist's bike can feel like a ton. Watch how nanotechnology is making for lighter bike frames. More...

Video
3M
Nano-Thermometer Enables First Atomic-Scale Heat Transfer Measurements

Nano-Thermometer Enables First Atomic-Scale Heat Transfer Measurements

Scientists have created a thermometer that can measure heat transfer at the atomic level. Could this nano discovery lead to even smaller cell phones? More...

Article
Science Daily
Scientist Profile: Eco-Friendly Materials Scientist

Scientist Profile: Eco-Friendly Materials Scientist

Nanotechnology, soybeans, and...skateboards. Meet Anil Netravali, who developed a "green" skateboard that won't clog landfills. More...

Profile
DragonflyTV/PBS

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