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Higgs Boson Program @ Fermilab

Over 500 people curious about the Higgs boson visited Fermilab in Batavia on Sunday, July 29, to participate in ‘Ask A Scientist’ day, a program Chicago Council on Science and Technology was pleased to partner on with the National Laboratory.

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Nano 101: Test your Nano knowledge!

Nano 101

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What is nanotechnology?
Nanotechnology is the understanding and control of matter at dimensions between approximately 1 and 100 nanometers (nm), where unique phenomena enable novel applications not feasible when working with bulk materials or even with single atoms or molecules. A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. A sheet of paper is about 100,000 nanometers thick; a single gold atom is about a third of a nanometer in diameter. Continue reading “Nano 101: Test your Nano knowledge!”

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The Believers

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Cold fusion is one of those topics that elicits strong words and sentiments. Due to these powerful feelings and discourse about the topic, it is the perfect subject to be tackled by the filmmakers, whose goal is to show the human side of science. Read more about The Believers at Joanne Manaster’s blog in Scientific American, Making Scientists Seem Human–Through Film!

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FRACKING – the quest for energy independence

Fracking is a step in the production of gas and oil by the high pressure fragmentation of shale using water, sand and chemicals. Using fracking to produce shale oil and shale gas has the potential to make the United States largely independent of foreign sources of natural gas and significantly less dependent on foreign sources of oil. The major exploitation of shale oil and gas will depend on dealing with environmental concerns surrounding potential ground water contamination and water depletion that result from the fracking process. Continue reading “FRACKING – the quest for energy independence”