Bigger Better Nano

The US National Science Foundation will be unveiling a $20m project today to “create public nanotechnology exhibits and educational programs for the public at US science museums.” A sort of a super nano jury.

Of course demonstrating the nanoscale is obviously challenging, so the museums involved will have to be a little creative.

Exhibits will likely focus on the products using such materials, or use atomic force microscopes with joysticks to enable museum-goers to view and manipulate nanoparticles.

Societal and ethical issues will also be addressed through plans to “sponsor forums that address social issues raised by the advance of nanotechnology, from its environmental impact — there are some concerns about toxicity — to the granting of patents for nanotech materials with medical applications that could limit use of nano-medicines in developing countries.”

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