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Stretch out a metal designed to remember its original shape. Now how do you jog its memory? Experiment with a liquid that is attracted to a magnet. Test a fabric that uses nano technology to repel water, stains and even wrinkles. Discover how nanotechnology impacts personal care, medicine and energy conservation. Discuss how products of nanotechnology should be made available to the public. Visit the world of the very small. It's all at the Danville Science Center two Nano Days events — the Nano Café on Friday, April 4, 6-8 p.m. and Nano Days Festival, Saturday, April 5, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Nano days at Danville Science Center

Danville, VA | Posted on March 26th, 2008

"Many researchers believe we are on the verge of a nano revolution," says Danville Science Center Director Jeff Liverman. "Nanotechnology is definitely the buzzword among scientists. Just what is nanotechnology? It's science and engineering on a very tiny scale. There are one billion — yes billion — nanometers in one meter. Not only is it difficult to imagine the world at atomic size, but things act differently at that scale. The Danville Science Center is a partner in the Nanoscale Informal Science Education — or NISE — Network. NISE has designated March 29-April 6 as Nano Days. Here in Danville we've teamed up with scientists from Luna nanoWorks to present a Nano Café and Nano Days Festival."

The Nano Café features science presentations with Luna nanoWorks President Dr. Bob Lenk, nanoImmunology Group Leader Dr. Chris Kepley and Research Scientist Dr. Omar Torrens. Small group discussions follow to consider how nanotechnology influenced applications should be made available to the public. The Nano Café is free. Seating is limited. Registration is required.

The magnetic fluid, nano fabric and memory metal are featured at the Nano Days Festival. Sort mouthwash solutions by color. Think you can do the same at the nano level? Bend a memory metal. What's it take to get the metal back to its original shape? Try a hair dryer. Experiment with magnetic fluid. Check out fabric coated with nano-sized whiskers. Determine which is likely to work faster — an antacid that is whole or one that is crushed. Stop by Dr. Kepley's Intro to Nano and Blood Cell Demonstration at noon and 2 p.m. At a computer simulate stretching nano materials and moving an atomic force microscope probe at computer simulator.

Visit the nano-world of the visiting exhibition Too Small to See. See atoms 100 million times their actual size. Pull apart the ends of a virtual RNA molecule. Arrange moving atoms into a pattern. How does that work when the atoms keep moving? Walk through a huge model crystal where the atoms seem to go on forever. Climb on carbon tubes. Build molecules. Use the same tools that scientists do to make nano-sized structures.

The Nano Café and Nano Days Festival are co-sponsored by Luna nanoWorks, a division of Luna Innovations Incorporated. Luna Innovations Incorporated develops and manufactures new-generation products for healthcare, telecommunications, energy and defense markets. Luna products are used to measure, monitor, protect and improve critical processes in the markets Luna serves. Luna nanoWorks is a division of Luna Innovations located in Danville, Virginia. This division is developing products empowered by nanomaterials with key applications in diagnostics, therapeutics and organic solar cells. For more information visit Too Small to See was developed through a partnership of Cornell University, the Sciencenter and Painted Universe Inc. with funding from the National Science Foundation.

The Nano Café is free, registration is required. Nano Days Festival and Too Small to See are included with Danville Science Center admission. Tickets are $5 for youth 4-12 and seniors 60+ and $6 for adults. For Science Center information call (434) 791-5160 or visit The Danville Science Center is located at 677 Craghead Street.


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