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Gamification of Quantum Physics

Janet Rafner, a 2015 University of Virginia graduate in Physics and Studio Art, is currently in Denmark on a Fulbright scholarship. She is there to research new ways to create visualizations of complex phenomena in quantum physics. Did you get that? Her job is to figure out visually interesting ways to explain quantum physics to the rest of us. That is no small order, but Janet is doing just that.

Emmett Chappelle: Breathing in Space and Life on Mars

Welcome to week three of our ongoing series showcasing black scientists and inventors. This week we will be highlighting Emmett Chappelle who worked with NASA to develop the first breathing apparatuses for space and a method to detect life on Mars. Chappelle has been honored as one of the 100 most distinguished African American scientists of the 20th Century.

What Can Nanotechnology Do For You?

Western Carolina University Professor Mary Anna LaFratta recently challenged her motion graphics students to create short animations about something so small you can’t see it – even with a conventional microscope. They needed to illustrate nanotechnology: science, engineering, and technology at the nanoscale—from one to one hundred nanometers. Nano means “billionth” and a nanometer is a billionth of a meter.

Hot Job: Investigate Illness as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist

How do you track a disease? How do you determine if a blood sample contains a virus or a bacteria that could make millions of people sick? What type of information would you need to know to stop a disease from spreading? If you are interested in these questions then being an “Illness investigator” or a Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) might be the right career path for you.


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