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The Bradbury Science Museum celebrates NanoDays with a week of events April 7-13.
NanoDays is part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering.
At the nanoscale — the scale of atoms and molecules — many common materials exhibit unusual properties. The ability to manipulate matter at this microscopic size enables innovations that were never before possible. Using these advancements, nanotechnology is revolutionizing how scientists research and develop medicine, computing, food, energy and many other things people rely on.
Other activities include using electricity to shape memory metal and exploring thin films — the reason bubbles have so many colors. A movie series related to nanotechnology “Making Stuff,” will be shown at 1 p.m. every day. There are four movies to the PBS series and include the themes “smaller, stronger, cleaner and smarter.” The Science Cinema movie will be shown at 10:30 a.m. April 12 and will also be a nano-related film about atoms by Bill Nye the Science Guy.
The museum lanl.gov/museum/index.shtml will have hands-on activities available all day throughout the week, with special demonstrations 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. These activities will be different each day and explore invisibility, capillary action, Ferrofluid, memory metal and thin films. Pieces from “The Art of Systems Biology and Nanoscience” art show will be on display at the museum. Some of the work contributed to the show is from Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies.
As part of the NanoDays week of events, Nathan Mara of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, will discuss the science behind the “Iron Man Suit.” The talk, “Building the Iron Man Suit: Developing the science behind lightweight, damage-tolerant nanocomposites,” is from noon to 1 p.m. April 9 at the museum.
Listen to an interview with Mara on Los Alamos radio station KRSN 1490 at 8:30 a.m. April 8.