Dance your PhD

Lisa: Communicating your PhD through the medium of thesis is hard enough. I don’t think I’d be any good at turning it into interpretive dance! But that is exactly what loads of scientists have done for the ‘Dance your PhD’ competition. The rules are simple, you tell the story of your PhD using only the […]

Can we relate the US election to nanotechnology? Yes, we can!

Lisa: Last week saw a momentous shift in the American political landscape. Nanobliss have celebrated (and made my day with by adding to the nano-pun fun) by creating Nanobama– the face of the President Elect in nanoscale.  Each Obama face is made up of approximately 150 million carbon nanotubes; which is the estimate of how […]

A Fantastic Voyage

Lisa: The idea of small nanobots cruising through the human body, targeting diseases with special drug delivery is a little step closer. Reported in Technology Review, the Nanorobotics lab at the École Polytechnique de Montréal, in Canada have coupled nanobeads to bacteria which contain magnetic particles. Magnetotactic bacteria contain minute particles of magnetic material which […]

Another reason to love science (but worry about science stories)

Lisa: Cancer fighting beer! Well, not really, but researchers are engineering brewing yeast to produce the compound resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant touted as a anti-ageing, anti-inflammatory, blood-sugar lowering, blood-pressure lowering wonder molecule. All credit to this COSMOS article which reports the story (I think they do a fabulous job), they do point out that this […]

Small Masterpieces

Lisa: Earlier this year I mentioned how a fluke nano based microscopy image bagged a prize in the Materials Research Society ‘Science as art’ competition. This month, the winners of Nikons Small World competition for Best microscope images was announced, and nanotechnology again gets a look in the 2008 awards. Coming in second, behind a […]