Carlo Montemagno's blog

I’ve Got a Lot of Explaining to Do…

August 18, 2014

I’m a proud geek. Just as musicians have an uncanny way to compose, my brain is wired to understand the nuances of higher scale function resulting from matter interactions at the nano scale. I can’t run my washing machine at home but give me a molecular toolbox and I’ll find a way to engineer something that probably can’t be explained…

The Crystal Ball Says Cataracts

July 9, 2014

I think you should see this…while you still can. Admittedly, I’m being a little dramatic, but when it comes to cataracts, I’m not sure that people fully appreciate the far reach and severity of this debilitating eye disease. Think it won’t happen to you? Think again. This disease is extremely common and seems to be an inevitable part of the…

Belated Thanks

May 12, 2014

I was looking back on some of my blogs of late and I realized that I haven’t shared my thoughts about the top honour I recently received from the Government of Canada. In March this year, I was delighted to be selected as the Canada Research Chair in Intelligent Nanosystems. Now I’ve been fortunate to be recognized at various times…

Testing My Limits

May 10, 2014

If the early bird really does get the worm, I’m in trouble. I’ve never been a morning person. Ask my wife, it takes copious amount of coffee to get me going and even with that added caffeine boost, I wouldn’t say I’m bright eyed and bushy tailed. Which brings me to my latest feat – a.m. television. Last week, I…

Go with the Flow

April 15, 2014

I took to the streets with a shovel last week. No, I haven’t lost my mind; I was taking advantage of the warmer weather and decided to give Mother Nature a hand with the great spring thaw. I diligently chipped away at the ice and watched the water weave a new path to the drain. The last thing I want…

A Great Place to Call Home

March 30, 2014

It’s official.  Alberta is the place to be. This past year, our province welcomed a record number of migrants.  In fact, total net migration surpassed 105,000 people, bumping our population to more than 4 million and our growth rate to quadruple the national average1. More and more people are choosing to live in Alberta because they recognize the province’s great…

Small Wonders

January 31, 2014

I know how important it is to encourage and nurture discovery because I was once a pint sized scientist. At three, I was so fascinated by my parents’ radio, that I would spend hours taking it apart, trying to understand its inner workings. My active curiosity drove my parents crazy, but that was the least of their worries. When I…

New Year, New Discoveries

January 22, 2014

In the last numerous months, we have made remarkable progress, assembling a world-class team of researchers and officially launching Alberta’s first and only nanotechnology accelerator laboratory. I am confident that this momentum will continue well into 2014 and gather even more speed in the years to come. With the New Year now upon us, it is time to focus on…

Sniffle Season

January 8, 2014

Did you get a flu shot this year? I did. I am one of the thousands of Albertans who opted for a quick jab, hoping that I would be protected from the nasty strains of influenza out there. Now I know that vaccination is a choice and there are people who choose to abstain. I myself am a firm believer…

Energy to Burn

December 2, 2013

I’ve got a lot of energy. Be it at work or at home, I don’t like to miss a beat. It’s this energy that fuels my passion for research and helps keep the pedals spinning on my bike during the commute to work. And it’s this drive that gets me a ‘mad scientist’ reputation at home. Which I should clarify…

Taking Cues from Nature

November 18, 2013

A few weekends ago, I watched my neighbours rushing to rake and bag their leaves, trying to beat the first snowfall. I saw folks who applied compost to their empty gardens in the hopes that all those nutrients will be ready and waiting for their spring planting. It’s a cycle. We do these things every year in our front and…

The Exciting Road Ahead

October 29, 2013

I’ve traveled a lot in my lifetime. With each new destination, I make a conscious effort to immerse myself in the culture, to appreciate the impressive backdrops both natural and built and to cultivate relationships with interesting people. I try to make the most of every opportunity. For the last six years, I have been on an exciting but uncertain…

What is the Power of N?

October 25, 2013

Over the past number of months, many have asked me what “The Power of N” means. The phrase is very simple, yet it has many different layers of meaning and understanding. N is a variable. In mathematical terms it represents an ever expanding number of possibilities. This is a metaphor for what we – as nanotechnologists – do. Traditional science…

Water

August 16, 2013

Beyond the air we breathe, the most vital element for sustaining human life is water. This is abundantly clear when we have an acute need for it, otherwise water is something we take completely for granted. Even Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs lists water in third place (behind air & food) as the most psychologically important thing in our lives. Given…

The Best is Yet to Come

August 9, 2013

There is a certain irony that the Mission Impossible theme song is my ringtone seeing as I believe nothing is impossible. When you’re in the field of Nanotechnology, there is no such thing as impossible; the possibilities are infinite and the discoveries are untold. All great inventions haven’t happened. I really believe we’re at the horizon of a whole new…

Knowledge Capacity in Alberta

July 8, 2013

Education is not a pursuit. It is a fundamental cornerstone of how I function on a daily basis. While this has personally led to a career at the forefront of scientific discovery (working with nanotechnology and the emerging fields of sentience and interconnectedness) I see my thirst for knowledge not as a lofty pursuit of the ivory-tower crowd, but something…