March 11, 2009
Well, spring has almost sprung in Santa Barbara, and the lovely spring colors in the photo can be found on the outside of UCSB's recently completed California NanoSystems Lab, just inside UCSB's recently completed Henley Gate, at the main entrance to the campus. We all know what nanotechnology is of course; it's the study of matter on an atomic or molecular scale. According to Wikipedia, the science generally deals with developing structures and devices that are 100 nanometers or less - that's small! But what is a nanosystem, and if they're so small, why do they need a building, you ask? Well, according to UCSB's California Nanosystems Institute's (CNSI) website, the Institute is a collaborative effort between UCSB and UCLA, tasked with facilitating "a multidisciplinary approach to develop the information, biomedical and manufacturing technologies that will dominate science and economy in the 21st century". Wow - that's pretty big and probably does require a building. We're not sure if the mural has anything to do with nanotechnology, but we think it's pretty.
Identifying the location of the sign earned contestants 2 March Edness points.
* See what the Edness contestants guessed for this picture.
THIS LOCATION ON THE MAP
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