To understand why the nanoscale is different, we need to appreciate just how small it is. One common way to represent the nanoscale visually relies on scale ladders, diagrams that show how objects are related by size. Using existing research on understanding size and scale, the Visualization Laboratory carried out a series of experiments to develop a scale ladder and guidelines for their design and use.
Nanolab is an immersive exhibit space, with activities and interactive components suitable for visitors of all ages. NanoLab explores how nanoscientists use special devices and laboratories to build and manipulate materials on the nanoscale. Visitors can dress up like a scientist, play with interactive exhibits, examine clothing and objects used in real labs, watch a video on nanoscale research, and explore the resource area for materials on nanotechnology and the basics of nanoscale science.
The American Chemical Society produces Reactions Everyday Chemistry videos, stories, and infographics covering a wide variety of chemistry topics including many about nanoscale science.
Example: How Can You See an Atom? video The World's Smallest Robots: Rise of the Nanomachines What is the Blackest Black?
Ball-and-stick models of a salt structure on a black or white background.
Ball-and-stick models of carbon nanotube structures on a black or white background.
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Ball-and-stick models of a graphite structure on a black or white background.
Ball-and-stick models of a graphene structure on a black or white background.
Ball-and-stick models of a diamond structure on a black or white background.
Ball-and-stick models of a buckyball on a black or white background.