Disciplines
Biology | Hydrology | Virology | Microbiology | Oncology | Computers | History of Nanotechnology | Photovoltaics | Tools of nanotechnology | Consumer Products that use Nanotechnology | DVD Set: Talking Nano | Books
Instructions for learning center:
  1. Select a disciplinary field based on your personal interests.
  2. Select a resource to review (such as an article, website, or video) or an activity to perform (experiment).
  3. Investigate how the unique properties of the nanoscale have influenced technology related to that discipline.
  4. Create a blog entry that describes what you learned in the activity you chose, how what you learned relates to the concept of scale, and how professionals in that discipline use nanotechnology and the concept of scale.


Biology

Hydrology

Biology at the nanoscale
http://www.flixxy.com/biology-nano-visualization-cell-life.htm
http://vcell.ndsu.edu/animations/

Interactive comparison of relative sizes of biological things
http://www.cellsalive.com/howbig.htm

Interactive comparison of relative sizes from coffee bean to carbon atom.
http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/begin/cells/scale/

Virtual Microscopy
http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/virtual/virtual.html


Virology


Biological nanomachines: Build a virus activity


http://www.virology.net/Big_Virology/BVDiseaseList.html





Microbiology


http://ict-science-to-society.org/Pathogenomics/bacteria.htm

Oncology


Nanoparticles and particles and brain tumors
http://www.edheads.org/activities/nano1/index.shtml


Lab Activity: Modeling Cancer Treatment


A lab the size of a postage stamp.

Nanotechnology and cancer research

Videos:
Michael Pritchard - inventor of nanotech water filter


Newsclip about nanotechnology - Nanotechnology can help provide clean water


Computers


http://www.news.pitt.edu/molecularswitch

Nanowires used to make faster, smaller transistors
http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/research/2011/111206YeTransistors.html

Climate Change

Plank's Law does not work for nanoparticles
http://www.technologyreview.com/view/429112/aerosols-climate-change-and-the-dramatic-failure/

Powers of Small Website - social issues and nano

http://powerofsmall.org/

Nanoscience-related games


Nanomedicine game
http://www.fei.com/resources/nano-games.aspx


Gecko man
__http://www.coe.neu.edu/Research/geckoman/__
http://www.northeastern.edu/chn/geckoman/


Nanobomber drug delivery game
http://www.community.nsee.us/concepts_apps/nanobomber/NanoBomber.html

Mrs. Hobson's Nanoscience Game Page
http://bitly.com/Rp8RGS

History of Nanotechnology

Photovoltaics

Richard Feynmann's Speech about Nanotechnology
http://www.zyvex.com/nanotech/feynman.html

The Kavli Prize in Nanoscience
http://www.kavliprize.no/seksjon/vis.html?tid=27454

Einstein and Brownian Motion
http://www.aip.org/history/einstein/essay-brownian.htm
http://www.aip.org/history/einstein/brownian.htm

Brownian motion was the topic of Einstein's doctoral dissertation and
is important to nanoscience.




Tools of nanotechnology

Consumer Products that use Nanotechnology

Lab Activity: Using small tools to manipulate small things
http://www.mrsec.wisc.edu/Edetc/IPSE/educators/mittenChall.html

Atomic force microscopy
http://www.chembio.uoguelph.ca/educmat/chm729/afm/firstpag.htm
http://www.nanoscience.com/education/afm.html

How does an atomic force microscope work?




Self-assembly simulation activity
http://mw.concord.org/modeler/

Nanofabricators

Article about nano sunscreens

http://2020science.org/2010/08/19/nano-sunscreens-leave-their-mark/

Consumer products that use nanotechnology
http://qt.exploratorium.edu/podcasts/nise/NISE-SmallTalk-Consumer.mp3

Nanotechnology for fun and profit (Carnegie Mellon University)


Antibacterial coatings (Silver nanoparticles)
http://www.nanotech-now.com/news.cgi?story_id=29926
http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2011-04/study-finds-common-silver-nanoparticles-are-deadly-microbes-critical-plant-growth
http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-04-common-nanoparticles-highly-toxic-arctic.html

Self-cleaning fabric
http://tinyurl.com/7mqx6te

Creating Nano-Structures from the Bottom Up
http://www.pratt.duke.edu/node/3253

DVD Set: Talking Nano

Books


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Questions to accompany videos:


The Strange New World of Nanoscience

M. Ratner & D. Ratner, Nanotechnology: A Gentle Introduction to the Next Big Idea. Prentice Hall, 2003.

R. A. L. Jones, Soft Machines: Nanotechnology and Life. Oxford University Press, 2004.

Scientific American special issue on nanotechnology, July 2004.

Understanding Nanotechnology – a collection of articles from Scientific American. Warner, 2002.

McGowan, C. (1994). Diatoms to dinosaurs: The size and scale of living things. Island Press.

Sellers, K. et al. (2008). Nanotechnology and the environment. CRC Press.

Drexler, E. (1987). Engines of creation: The coming era of nanotechnology. New York, NY: Anchor.
http://www.foe.org/projects/food-and-technology/nanotechnology


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