In the UCTV Prime series “Our Digital Life,” we’ve covered how 3-D digital technology is changing the way look at our past and understand our present.
In the third and final episode, we get a glimpse at the future through the eyes of UC Merced scientists and students using 3-D imaging usually reserved for Hollywood blockbusters to break new ground in the study of nanomaterials and reinvent how technology is used the classroom and the lab to teach and train the researchers of the future.
This morning the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics to two University of Manchester researchers, Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, who created a sheet of carbon just one atom thick. Sounds cool but…..why?
It’s hard to grasp the purpose of this kind of groundbreaking research if you can’t envision the incredible “smallness” of scale we’re talking about. Heck, you can’t even see it with the naked eye!
Nevertheless, nanoscience is where we’re headed, and it could very well move us leaps ahead in health care, computing and the creation of new energy sources — just to name a few.
So it’s probably time you wrapped your head around just how small ‘nano’ is–and have a little fun while you’re at it. Check out our program “When Things Get Small,” a wacky exploration of the nano world.