Partners Video Magazine Explores the New Frontier of Nanotechnology
Jennifer Martin, (202) 720-8188
May 1, 2008
USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) released the latest episode of Partners Video Magazine titled The Science of Small, a 30-minute exploration into the groundbreaking world of nanotechnology.
From revealing harmful bacteria and germs with a simple swipe of a cloth to growing new skin through the use of corn protein, researchers are using nanotechnology to make advancements in vast array of fields, including human health and the environment.
The Science of Small features four research projects funded by CSREES at Cornell University and the University of Illinois. The four segments are:
Super Cloth: Using nanotechnology, Cornell scientists created a fabric that can detect biohazards, such as E. coli and other pathogens.
Disease Detectors: Scientists have developed nanoscale biosensors that can help detect diseases on farms and in hospitals.
New Skin: Scientists in Illinois are using corn protein to create new skin and deliver medicine through nanotubes.
Following The Flow: Researchers are discovering how nano-scale tracers can uncover the sources of pollution in America's farm fields and waters.
What exactly is nanotechnology? Trying to grasp just how it works requires thinking in the smallest terms imaginable. Nanotechnology is the science of studying and producing materials at the level of molecules and atoms, the nano-level. Thinking in measurements of nanometers, which is one billionth of a meter, demonstrates just how deep nanotechnology goes. The diameter of a strand of DNA, which is one of the smallest components of life, is only two nanometers.
CSREES' involvement in nanotechnology includes four grant programs that fund nanotechnology research projects. CSREES also participates as a USDA agency representative on the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology Subcommittee of the White House National Science and Technology Council and as a member agency in the National Nanotechnology Initiative.
Partners is a video magazine produced by CSREES. It highlights the programs and accomplishments of the partnership between CSREES and the Land-Grant University System in the areas of research, education and extension.
Through federal funding and leadership for research, education and extension programs, CSREES focuses on investing in science and solving critical issues impacting people's daily lives and the nation's future. For more information, visit www.csrees.usda.gov.