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NanoBlog

A blog about anything nanotech

Looking for a Nanotech degree program?

System Administrator Sunday 29 of August, 2010
nanowerk has a database of nanotechnology degree programs around the world (258 at present count). It's not clear how complete the list is since I know that Cornell, MIT, and Stanford for example all offer nano related courses but are not on the nanowerk list. Looks likes some investigation is need to find out if in fact they do not offer degree programs in nanotechnology.

Radioactive decay rate related to solar activity!

System Administrator Tuesday 24 of August, 2010
I just had his mind blown. Scientist at Stanford and Purdue Universities have discovered that the radioactive decay rate has a period that is associated with the rotation rate of the Sun! Well, the core of the sun which rotates slower at 33 days verse the surface at 28 days. Is it neutrinos or some other particle? I can't wait to find out more. Best cliff hanger ever. More details can be found in the paper Evidence for Solar Influences on Nuclear Decay Rates by Ephraim Fischbach et. al.

ArXiv.org Rules!

System Administrator Tuesday 17 of August, 2010
arXiv.org is a wonderful resource for nanotechnology and physics papers. The site is run by the Cornell University Library with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The site has been a very useful and helpful resource in my study of nanotechnology and device physics. Keep up the great work!

Nano course portal

System Administrator Tuesday 10 of August, 2010
The NanoEd Resource Portal has an number of free courses, lectures, and seminars online. The material on the site dates from 2006 to 2009. Many of the course link to the NanoHub, but the site still looks like a good resource for any student of nanotechnology.

Nanotech Jobs, workforce, and education

System Administrator Tuesday 10 of August, 2010
Chemical and Engineering new has an interesting article on Filling Nanotech Jobs and the Initiatives to educate and employ workers try to find a footing as nanotechnology evolves by Ann M. Thaye. Thaye describes how the estimates for nanotech jobs and jobs growth were made along with the efforts to educate a workforce in nanotechnology.

Find any book anywhere in the world

System Administrator Wednesday 04 of August, 2010
Looking for a book? All you need is the ISBN number and Wiki book sources search tool. I was looking for a reference that would provide the work function of various metals and other materials. The wiki page on work function suggested "The Physics and Chemistry of Materials" by Joel I Gersten and Frederick W Smith so the ISBN is part of the link shown above as an example use of the search tool. Now to see if the book contains the information of interest....

Physics courses

System Administrator Friday 30 of July, 2010
There are two physics courses available online via Academic Earth. Two courses of interested were taught at Stanford by Leonard Susskin and are described below. The first course has a section on quantum mechanics.
    • Foundations of Modern Physics (57 lectures!)
      • This Stanford Continuing Studies course is a six-quarter sequence of classes exploring the essential theoretical foundations of modern physics. The topics covered in this course focus on classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, the general and special theories of relativity, electromagnatism, cosmology, black holes and statistical mechanics. While these courses build upon one another, each section of the course also stands on its own, and both individually and collectively they will allow the students to attain the "theoretical minnimum" for thinking intelligently about physics. Quantum theory governs the universe at its most basic level.
    • Modern Theoretical Physics (17 lectures)
      • The old Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics associated with Niels Bohr is giving way to a more profoud interpretation based on the idea of quantum entanglement. Entanglement not only replaces the obsolete notion of the collapse of wave function but it is also the basis for Bell's famous theorem, the new paradigm of quantum computing, and finally the widely discussed "Many Worlds" interpretation of quantum mechanics of Everett. This course consists of parts I and III of a three part, year-long course series, but each course stands on its own and serves to look at some of the basics of quantum mechanics, entangement, Bell's theorem, elements of quantum computing, quantum teleportation, and similar material.