Posts Tagged ‘NPL’

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Fourth NanoShow on 12 February

February 6, 2008

The fourth NanoShow will be on Tuesday, February 12, at 1700 GMT, 9am Second Life time (Pacific Time). Dr. JT Janssen will give a talk titled “Nano-Science and the Quantum World.” To find out how to attend, and to read the full abstract of the talk, visit the NanoShow webpage.


Photo taken at the third NanoShow on 29 January

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Third NanoShow on 29 January

January 23, 2008

The third NanoShow will be on Tuesday, January 29, at 1700 GMT, 9am Second Life time (Pacific Time). Prof. Leslie Pendrill will give a talk titled “Supporting Growth in Nanoproduction.” To find out how to attend, and to read the full abstract of the January 29 talk, visit the NanoShow webpage.


Photo taken at the second NanoShow on 15 January

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Newton’s Apple Tree

January 20, 2008

I’m going to write some posts highlighting various exhibits and other features on the Nanotechnology sim in Second Life (also called Nanotechnology Island or just Nanoisland).

Today I’ll begin with Newton’s apple tree. If you’re not familiar with the story, it goes something like this… Isaac Netwon, the great English scientist, was struck on the head by a falling apple, and this caused him to contemplate the nature of gravity, leading him to formulate his universal law of gravitation. The story is almost certainly a myth, but if you want to read more, check out the article in Wikipedia.

The current whereabouts of the original apple tree are disputed (see above article), but the tree in the courtyard of the National Physical Lab in Teddington (in the UK) is said to be a descendant. Here’s a photo of the tree in Teddington:

A replica of NPL’s tree can be found in the courtyard of the main building of Nanotechnology sim in Second Life.

If you click on the tree in Second Life, it releases a large number of big red juicy apples!

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Second NanoShow is on Tuesday, January 15

January 8, 2008

The first NanoShow was a great success, with about 50 people attending in Teddington and another 50 or so attending in Second Life.  We’ll be posting an (edited) recording of the first NanoShow soon.  (We’ve been away on holidays.)

The second NanoShow will be on Tuesday, January 15, at 1700 GMT, 9am Second Life time (Pacific Time).  Dr. Richard Leach will give a talk titled “Metrology: A Tool to Enable Micro- to Nanotechonology.”  To find out how to attend, and to read the full abstract of the January 15 talk, visit the NanoShow webpage.


Screenshot from the first NanoShow on 18 December.

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Coming Soon: The NanoShow

November 28, 2007

On Tuesday, 11 December, 18 December (rescheduled), Kamal Hossain, NPL’s Director of Research, will give the first in a series of seminars in Second Life that we’re calling The NanoShow. The title of his talk will be, “Nanotechnologies: Opportunities and Threats” This interactive event will be a first for NPL. To find out more and how to be involved, click here.