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Particles


What is Particles?

Particles by 3M is a place to explore the hidden beauty of science and celebrate the curiosity that drives scientific discoveries every day.

Small boy comforting his grandfather as they sit on a hospital bed
Helping patients who feel hopeless
How human listening and machine learning can help
Military veteran works with career counselor
Changing careers: from veteran to supply chain
Learn how and why he made career moves

At 3M, science is our driving force. It influences everything around us – in ways you may not realize. In the cars, trains and planes that move us, our homes, offices, hospitals and buildings. It’s in our smartphones and stationery, the energy that lights a room, even the clothes we wear – all created and improved through science.

Here at 3M, we  wonder about science each and every day, hoping to inspire others to do so as well – whether you are an educator or student interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), a scientist passionate about securing a bright future for the state of science worldwide or just someone fascinated by seemingly simple scientific innovations impacting daily life. Come explore with us.


  • From vehicles that move us more efficiently to virtual reality that allows us to stay still, explore how science is helping take mobility further, and meet scientists searching for solutions to meet our mobility needs.

  • Data is powering dramatic changes around the world. Explore how creative scientists from 3M to Stanford University to start-ups are using data and technology to drive healthier choices and reduce the risk of preventable diseases.

  • The world of work is evolving. Read the stories of people at the forefront of that change, those championing skilled labor and enabling global thinking, and learn how science can play a role in holistically approaching worker safety and health.


  • Using data and tech for healthier choices, reducing risk of preventable disease

    Science shows that making healthy choices can lead to longer, more active lives. But many of us seem to be doing just the opposite. Explore what’s going wrong, what is being done about it and how using data and technology may help nudge us toward healthier choices.

    2018-09-253 Health Care Using data and tech for healthier choices, reducing risk of preventable disease
  • A close-up look at America's teeth with author Mary Otto

    Veteran journalist Mary Otto's writing career took a turn in 2007 when she broke the story of how a 12-year-old Baltimore boy died of complications from untreated tooth decay. Now she’s on a mission to talk about teeth.

    2018-03-73 Health Care A close-up look at America's teeth with author Mary Otto
  • Infection Detective: A day in the life of infection preventionist Tiana Wells

    Infection preventionist Tiana Wells spends her days at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, preventing, investigating and managing the spread of infections within the health care setting.

    2018-06-164 Health Care Infection Detective: A day in the life of infection preventionist Tiana Wells
  • Sterilization monitoring: The front line of infection prevention

    Meet a team with a singular mission: to safeguard patients from infections.

    2017-04-94 ,Health Care Sterilization monitoring: The front line of infection prevention
  • The science behind the strip

    Guillermo Urquia has diabetes and needs to monitor his blood sugar levels regularly. He simply pricks his finger, transfers the blood onto a test strip and receives an almost instant result. But how in the world do those tiny little test strips work?

    2017-03-87 Health Care The science behind the strip
  • Don’t stress new moms – how tech can help take the guesswork out of breastfeeding

    Do you find yourself wondering “is my baby getting enough milk?” Or even “how do I know my baby is getting enough milk?” Now there’s a breastfeeding app for that.

    2017-05-124 Health Care Don’t stress new moms – how tech can help take the guesswork out of breastfeeding
  • The beat goes on: Giving a nurse’s best friend a new life

    “I’ve listened to a baby’s first heartbeat and a patient’s last heartbeat with this stethoscope.”

    2017-05-131 ,Health Care The beat goes on: Giving a nurse’s best friend a new life
  • Wrapped in warmth: One family’s patient warming story

    “Throughout the entire hospitalization process, my mom just could not get herself warm,” says Jim. “She desperately wanted to go home and take a long, hot bath.”

    2017-06-152 Health Care Wrapped in warmth: One family’s patient warming story
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