Discover the power of one billionth of a meter

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By Kirsten Laskey

Nano science is not confined to scientific laboratories or computer modules, it’s everywhere.

Those socks at CB Fox that promote bacteria fighting capabilities so your feet don’t smell – that’s nano technology.

Or advancements in medicine to treat cancer, that’s nano science, too.

The Bradbury Science is helping to spread the word about nano science and its importance in people’s lives through NanoDays.

The program was held today and will continue Wednesday.

Museum Educator Liz Martineau explained the Bradbury is part of the Nano Scale Informal Science Education Network or NISE Net.

NanoDays, she said, is a nation-wide event that promotes understanding of nano science, what a nano is and what is currently happening in nano science.

So just what is a nano? Martineau said a nano is a measurement; it’s a billionth of a meter.

Using this scale can do amazing things in science, she said.

“You see that word all the time and (many people) don’t know what it means. We want to educate people on what nano really means,” Martineau said. “And I think it’s so important that in the near future you’re going to hear a lot about nano technology.”

Gordon McDonough, another educator, said, “it covers all fields science. There are applications in biology, health and engineering.”


Nano Schedule for Wednesday

NISE Net exhibits

 All day

• Forms of carbon

• Materials-Magic Sand

• Exploring Tools–Electron Microscopes

• Exploring Measurement-Human Body

NISE Net Activities

• “When Things Get Small” – video in Theater, 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

• Cart demonstration: Nano scientist and clean room, 10 a.m.-noon

• Cart demonstration: Nano Medicine, 10 a.m.-noon

• Hands on activity: Exploring Structures-Buckyballs, 10 a.m.-noon

• Facilitated activity: exploring self assembly, noon-2 p.m.