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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Making nano work for us

Things behave very differently in the nano-world, but Stephen Fry makes it all sound so inviting: Now we can understand nature's nano-secrets and use them for ourselves. Hope so.

"It's all about changing the molecular structure of matter, atom by atom...You are already a masterpiece of nanotechnology... It's a world that's always been around, but that we're just beginning to understand... Many think this coming age will be the age of nano... It could take you into atoms and beyond the stars. Good luck."

More nano video... Smalley Institute (Rice)... What I'm Worried About: Bill Joy... Nano nyt… TEDmap… Nano shockwavesNanoSOTU

ALSO OF INTEREST. The New Yorker author I mentioned appreciated my RT & suggested we might also like to check out:
What Neuroscience Really Teaches Us, and What It Doesn't : The New Yorker - 
 A Collection of Essays About What We Should Fear : The New Yorker - 

Just heard this while driving into campus:
Scientist Eric Lander was named today as one of the winners of the new Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, the world’s richest academic prize for medicine and biology.
The prize was established by four Internet entrepreneurs, including Google co-founder Sergey Brin and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
It awards $3 million – twice the amount of the Nobel Prize – to scientists “who think big, take risks and have made a significant impact on our lives.”
Lander was one of the leaders of the Human Genome Project, the effort to map the entire human genetic code.
He went on to found the Broad Institute biomedical and genomic research center often described as “Disneyland, a playground for scientists.”
Lander also advises President Barack Obama, who named Lander when asked for his favorite scientist or mathematician.
Lander gave Here & Now’s Robin Young a crash version of his Introduction to Biology class, saying he hated biology when he took it in high school.
What Lander tries to do is teach the story of the greatest scientific revolution of the last century, and put the details on the context of that story.
The class, “Introduction to Biology – The Secret of Life,” will be available free online via edX starting March 5th...
Listen to Here & Now...

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