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        Nanotechnology

        Western Carolina University Professor Mary Anna LaFratta challenged her motion graphics students to create short animations about something so small you can’t see it even with a conventional microscope. Working with the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), they created a project that spans science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) to illustrate the uses of nanotechnology. Watch this six-part series of student animations.

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        What Can Nanotechnology Do for You?

        What can nanotechnology do for you? A Western Carolina University and the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) project spans science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) to illustrate the uses of nanotechnology.

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        How Can Nanotechnology Save Energy?

        What do strong, durable, highly conductive nanomaterials have to do with cutting fossil fuel consumption and conserving energy? Watch How Can Nanotechnology Save Energy? and find out.

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        How Will Nanotechnology Improve Your Health?

        While nanotechnology is making unbelievable things a reality, it will also improve our health. By manipulating materials at the same scale as DNA, antibodies, and biomarkers, researchers are approaching disease detection and treatment in new ways.

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        What's a Quantum Dot?

        Western Carolina University graphic design student Ali Burke, explains a common nanomaterial, a quantum dot (QD) in this animation. Visually explaining concepts related to STEM disciplines is one application of design and a potential career direction for students.

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        How Do You See the Nanoscale?

        Western Carolina University graphic design student Sarah Cook explains instruments used to measure the nanoscale in this animation. Sarah'professor, Mary Anna LaFratta integrates science into her projects because “design is, in part, about making information easy to navigate and accessible.

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        How Do Doctors Target Diseased Cells?

        Student animator, Steven Handy, from Western Carolina University, was able to show how nanotechnology is helping researchers design nanomaterials to take advantage of the body’s natural processes in order to more precisely target and treat disease. This is especially true with some types of cancer.

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