The cafeteria is far too wasteful. For example, the plastic cutlery all comes in one package - knife, fork, spoon, napkin, and straw. Most people will probably only use one or two of these. They have to get a completely new package each time. This morning, during breakfast, I got up to get some fruit. When I returned to my table, one of the staff there had picked up my cutlery to clean off the table. When I told them it was mine, they just told me to get some new cutlery. This culture of everything being disposable costs money and buries landfills.
|The nano building|
- High energy. Somebody told us about the various projects in the high energy physics department.
- Soft matter. In this lab, somebody talked about soft matter - the matter on the line between solids and liquids, like shaving cream or oobleck. They use a bunch of tiny spheres suspended in water under a miscroscope to simulate particles.
- Blood flow. A light is shined through somebody, and the change in intensity is measured. It shines a specific wavelength of light that resonates with blood cells. This can measure blood flow, which is useful to get real time analysis of strokes.
- Nano building. Somebody gave us a tour of the super-modern nano building. We got to see the two types of electron microscopes. The architecture was also quite impressive. There was natural lighting everywhere. It was extremely open and well-designed.
- Nano bio hybrid. We got to see the tools they use to design, create, and test the nano-bio-hybrids that there had been the lecture about.
- Astronomy. We got to see the various equipment they use for astronomy, including the frame of a balloon that had carried sensors high into the atmosphere.