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How Bacteria Make It Rain

Did you know that the ocean launches bacteria and other goo into the atmosphere? And that those particles can seed clouds? Atmospheric chemist Kimberly Prather of UCSD and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography drops some serious knowledge on us.

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    TERA-print: From Academic Discovery to A Commercial Desktop Fab

    How do you successfully transition your academic discoveries to a commercial market? Join us as Chad Mirkin discusses TERA-print, a Northwestern University start-up company based upon the inventions of Polymer Pen Lithography (PPL) and Beam Pen Lithography (BBL). In addition to underlying ... more

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    The Chemistry of Sight: Material Innovations in Eye Care and Contact Lenses

    In the past, being near or farsighted could profoundly affect one's life. Now it is merely a minor inconvenience. Join us as Heather Sheardown of McMaster University explores the current materials used in contact lenses and how chemists are working to make them more comfortable. Heather wil ... more

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    The Chemistry of Life: Treating Cancer with Nanoparticles Powered by the Sound of Light

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