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Stanford Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Seminar
lectures are available online. Many podcasts include a video of the lecture. I've been inspired and motivated by many of the past ETL lectures.
The Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD) Autumn 2010 course list
has been posted. Most of the courses are available online. The courses in nanotechnology and material science have been excellent (see SPCD courses and previews
The New Journal of Physics has a Focus on Graphene
issue. The articles are available as open access.
reports on all things graphene. It's run by Mike Sprinkle out of the Georgia Institute of technology. It's a nicely done site. Check it out at your peril. I got sucked and still can't look away.
The MRS 2009 Proceedings on Zinc Oxide
and related materials is now available.
The ASME has produced some podcasts on nanotechnology
. I've only seen 2 minutes of the introduction but it looks to have high production values and interviews with researchers from MIT, Rice, and Harvard to name just a few.
I didn't and just found about it. D'oh. You can catch webcasts
of some of the talks at the NNI website. There a lot of good speakers on the agenda.
Several interesting companies were featured in FastCompany's article on the 100 Most Creative People in Business 2010
. These companies include:
- Correleated Magnetic designs and builds programmable magnets.
- Organovo is involved in tissue engineering and has developed a tissue printer to construct organs for regenerative medicine.
- Geomagic developed software to create 3D models of physical objects.
- Sapphire Energy makes crude oil from algae that can be refined into gasoline.
Graphene was discovered by Andre Geim
. This new material has the following properties:
- Monolayer of a single carbon atoms forming a 2D structure (think chick wire in shape) but this is the thinnest material imaginable.
- Strongest material ever measured
- Stiffest material
- Stretchiest crystal material
- Highest thermal conductivity
- Highest intrinsic mobility
- Ballistic electrical conductivity
- Longest mean free path at room temperature
- Most impermeable (ever to hydrogen)