Thursday, September 07, 2006

"When things get small"


This award winning program teaches viewers about nanoscience - technology at one-millionth of a millimeter through an entertaining mix of science and humor. Produced for University of California Television (UCTV) by Not Too Serious Labs, it departs from the typical science-for-television fare by using illustrative concepts that include a stadium-sized bowl of peanuts, a magic tennis ball and shrinking elephants to describe the quest to create the world's smallest magnet.

This is how the National Science Foundation describes the this 30-minute film, whose production was funded by it. The film's website is here, and that of Ivan Schuller (University of California, San Diego) is here.

2 Comments:

  1. vvenkat said...

    Abi, I wanted to write about this sometime back (these days, I hardly find time to blog). A very well made film (technically, visuals, audio, presentation, etc). But, don't you think that the science is not explained clearly. There are hundreds of other ways to explain the nanoscale, stripping atoms in UHV, MBE (Geez, this one could be a visual riot, if done properly). Besides, this (funded by NSF) is grossly local and does not give any grand view of nanotech. I feel this is a wasted opportunity.

  2. Abi said...

    Venkat: I think the film is pitched at high school kids. That's why it uses tennis balls to explain quantum tunneling, and that's why its 'scientific content' is not too rigorous.

    Having said that, I agree with you that the film has been made quite well I believe Schuller is keen on making more such movies if there is enough funding [at least, that's what I recall reading somewhere].