All posts by Lynn Charles Rathbun

Solar Cells and Quantum Dots


Solar power is one of the best ways to make electricity. It’s clean and doesn’t consume any non-renewable resources, like oil and coal. It takes energy from sunlight and converts it to electricity. The challenge is that solar power could be more efficient. Only a ... Read More...


Silicon Crystals


Silicon crystals. Why are they important? Well, the stuff is so important that there is even a place named after it, Silicon Valley. That place in California where there are lots of companies that make cool stuff from silicon. So what’s with silicon? Why is ... Read More...


Liquid Armor


Can nanotechnology help to protect soldiers in combat? Maybe some day. Scientists are working on something that they call liquid armor. In the old days, knights would walk around with really heavy clunky armor. That was OK, but it made it hard to do much ... Read More...


What is Nanotechnology?


In order to understand nanotechnology, first you should know that it’s a big word for some mighty small stuff. In fact, “small” as we know it doesn’t even come close to being small enough. Let’s learn some things about the first part of the word. "Nano" ... Read More...

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Matt John was born in Nordhausen, Germany, near Erfurt. As a teenager he was nuts about electronics and astronomy. Later he drew parallels between that and music, a world he was able to construct himself. He gained early experiences as a DJ at parties and in clubs and opened a record store with his friend Marcel Knopf in his hometown.

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"German DJ and producer Matt John is one of those artists who has been changing the face of music. Matt’s compositions are so exclusive and expressive that one can travel through them like through a three-dimensional movie. All the titles on the “Behind the Atoms” ... Read More...

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It’s Elemental !


Actually, Sherlock Holmes said, “Elementary, my dear Watson,” but it’s close. A collection of 118 existing elements are detailed on the periodic table and range from the most versatile, carbon, to the funny-sounding ytterbium. But what makes each element unique? The answer is actually fairly ... Read More...


The Beauty of Self-Assembly


No assembly required. Just puff. That is about all you need to make a soap bubble. Well, of course you need soapy water and something to make a thin layer of soapy water. But add a slow and careful puff of air and you’ve got ... Read More...

Carbon Nanotubes


Carbon nanotubes are tiny tubes made up of only carbon atoms and have diameters that are only a few nanometers wide. Even though they are so tiny, they are super strong. The reason that they are so strong is because of the way their ... Read More...


Tiny Cages for Light


Sometimes during summer you might see a tiny flashing light at night. It could be the light from a small firefly. There are lots of things that glow in the dark. Some things like fireflies make their own light. This is called luminescence. You see ... Read More...


Staying in Shape with S-Layers


Not everything that is made on the nanometer scale is made in a laboratory. Nature is full of nanometer-sized stuff, some of which happens by self-assembly. DNA and proteins are made using enzymes, little tools that take the parts and put them together, so these ... Read More...


What’s so Smart About Your Pants


In the past couple of years there has been a lot of talk about nanotechnology and stain resistant pants. Yes they exist, a real product of nanotechnology. One of the most popular nanotechnological processes for making stain-resistant fabric was developed by a company called Nanotex. They ... Read More...


Nanosensors and the Food Supply


Nanotechnology makes for pretty good science fiction, but how is it being used today to help us with basic stuff like growing food? Well, scientists are developing lots of tiny nanosensors that can help farmers detect pesticides and other chemicals on their crops.   The year is ... Read More...

Nanotechnology-Is it Safe ?


Nanotechnology and the products that you can make with it are all around us. The government and private companies have spent a lot of money to develop nanotechnology. But is it safe? The answer is, we just don’t know for sure. But lots of scientists ... Read More...

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Atom Fun Facts !


The word “atom” comes from the ancient Greek word meaning ”undivided.” They thought that an atom couldn’t be cut into anything smaller, which we now know is not exactly right. Atoms are mostly empty space and scientists think that there might be 200 or more subatomic ... Read More...


Smart Medicine


When you get sick and need to take medicine, like an aspirin pill or cough syrup, the medicine spreads all over your body. A medicine’s job is to treat a specific problem but it doesn’t go directly to where the problem is in your body. ... Read More...


Nanofood !


You might think from reading Nanooze that nanotechnology is something that was just invented. Not really. The idea of making things at the nanometer scale is not new, in fact people have been making nanoscale stuff for a long time. Even before they knew that ... Read More...




Buckyballs a.k.a. Buckminsterfullerenes, are hollow spherical molecules made up entirely of carbon. They are named after Richard Buckminster (“Bucky”) Fuller because buckyballs look like the buildings he designed. The smallest buckyballs are made up of 60 carbon atoms and have diameter of about 1 nanometer. These ... Read More...