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Zoom into a Blue Morpho Butterfly video

In this 3-minute video, the viewer zooms into a Blue Morpho Butterfly from macroscale to nanoscale.
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Looking at an opal through a scanning electron microscope

Colors at the Nanoscale: Butterflies, Beetles and Opals

In this activity, learners will be exposed to the term ‘Photonic Crystals,' explore some of the well-known photonic crystals in nature and will also be able observe one method that scientists use in trying to replicate this process.
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Changing Colors Exhibit as viewed from the left.

Changing Colors exhibit

An exhibit that was part of the Nanotechnology: What's the Big Deal? exhibition that shows how some high-tech nanomaterials mimic natural phenomena.
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Scientific Image - Blue Morpho Butterfly Wing (reflected light)

Magnified image of a blue morpho butterfly's wing using an Optical Microscope.
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Scientific Image - Blue Morpho Butterfly Wing (non-reflected light)

Magnified image of a blue morpho butterfly's wing using an Optical Microscope.
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Scientific Image- Blue Morpho Butterfly Wing Ridges

Magnified image of blue morpho butterfly wing ridges using a Scanning Electron Microscope.
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Scientific Image - Blue Morpho Butterfly Wing Scales

Magnified image of blue morpho butterfly wing scales using a Scanning Electron Microscope.
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Scientific Image - Blue Morpho Butterfly

Photograph of a blue morpho butterfly using an optical camera.
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Scientific Image - Blue Morpho Butterfly Wing Microribs

Magnified image of blue morpho butterfly wing microribs using a Scanning Electron Microscope.
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Why are Seashells so Strong?

In this activity, learners explore seashells and various structural models to discover that seashells are a composite material made of both inorganic and organic materials.
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Closeup photo of Blue Morpho Butterfly

Butterfly Blues video

In this O Wow Moments video, Mr. O talks about iridescence and Blue Morpho butterflies.
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Exploring Structures - Butterfly activity - two children looking at Blue Morpho butterfly

Exploring Structures - Butterfly

In this activity, learners investigate how some butterfly wings get their color and that some wings get their color from the nanoscale structures on the wings instead of pigments.
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Children looking at Gecko with magnifying glass

Biomimicry: From Nature to Nanotech

In this long activity, learners will engage in activities showing various natural phenomena that scientists and engineers have emulated to address human problems.
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Exploring Materials - Thin Films activity components including signs, activity materials and guides.

Exploring Materials - Thin Films

In this activity, learners create a colorful bookmark using a super thin layer of nail polish on water.
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