Science Current Events | Science News | Brightsurf.com
 

Nanotechnology film on national release

February 22, 2005
Sheffield is a world leader in nanotechnology research, and now it is also taking a leading role in educating the general public in the importance of this science. Experts from the city's two Universities have made a short film about how nanotechnology affects everyday life, which will be a central part of an exhibition at the Science Museum in London.

'Nanotechnology - Small Science, Big Deal' will be opened by Lord Sainsbury on 25 February 2005, who will announce the Government's response to the Royal Society's report on nanotechnology.

The film was developed by Professor Richard Jones and Professor Tony Ryan at the University of Sheffield and Jeff Baggott, Film Director and Nick Dulake, Senior Visualisation Consultant from Design Futures at Sheffield Hallam University. It is presented by Professor Ryan, and looks at how nanotechnology makes the sole of a training shoe more effective.

The same team has also been awarded a major grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to make a whole series of short films that will show how nanotechnology is used to improve many aspects of everyday life. Professor Jones explains, "Many people only have a vague idea of what nanotechnology is. These films will demonstrate how people's lives are already being affected by nanotechnology, and how in the future, nanotechnology could, if used in the right way, bring major positive benefits."

Professor Ryan says, "The film at the Science Museum shows people, in an accessible way, how nanotechnology works, and the benefits it can bring. As an EPSRC Media Fellow I am particularly interested in ensuring that science is communicated to as wide an audience as possible, and this film is a great start in explaining this fascinating subject."

Jeff Baggott says,"This project is one of several in which the creative disciplines in our Art and Design Research Centre are working with scientists to address research questions that cut across disciplinary boundaries. By using narrative in innovative ways, sciences that would otherwise be difficult for non-scientists to comprehend can be communicated in ways that are easy to understand."

Nick Dulake says, "The marriage of science and design is an exciting collaboration. The challenge for us was to visualise the subject but keeping the scientific integrity alive."

Sheffield, University of


Related Nanotechnology Current Events and Nanotechnology News Articles


Another milestone in hybrid artificial photosynthesis
A team of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) developing a bioinorganic hybrid approach to artificial photosynthesis have achieved another milestone.

High-precision control of nanoparticles for digital applications
For the first time ever, researchers have succeeded in creating arrangements of colloids - tiny particles suspended in a solution - and, importantly, they have managed to control their motion with high precision and speed.

How UEA research could help build computers from DNA
New research from the University of East Anglia could one day help build computers from DNA.

Bionic liver micro-organs explain off-target toxicity of acetaminophen (Tylenol)
Safety evaluation is a critical part of drug and cosmetic development. In recent years there is a growing understanding that animal experiments fail to predict the human response, necessitating the development of alternative models to predict drug toxicity.

Challenge to classic theory of 'organic' solar cells could improve efficiency
New research findings contradict a fundamental assumption about the functioning of "organic" solar cells made of low-cost plastics, suggesting a new strategy for creating inexpensive solar technology.

Eliminating water-borne bacteria with pages from The Drinkable Book could save lives
Human consumption of bacterially contaminated water causes millions of deaths each year throughout the world--primarily among children.

Advance in photodynamic therapy offers new approach to ovarian cancer
Researchers at Oregon State University have made a significant advance in the use of photodynamic therapy to combat ovarian cancer in laboratory animals, using a combination of techniques that achieved complete cancer cell elimination with no regrowth of tumors.

New ORNL hybrid microscope offers unparalleled capabilities
A microscope being developed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory will allow scientists studying biological and synthetic materials to simultaneously observe chemical and physical properties on and beneath the surface.

Nanoparticles used to breach mucus barrier in lungs
Nanotechnology could one day provide an inhaled vehicle to deliver targeted therapeutic genes for those suffering from life-threatening lung disorders.

A cost-effective solution to tuned graphene production
Graphene has been called the miracle material but the single-atomic layer material is still seeking its place in the materials world. Now a method to make 'defective' graphene could provide the answer.
More Nanotechnology Current Events and Nanotechnology News Articles

© 2015 BrightSurf.com