New Nano Exhibit Now Open!

What happens when things get really small? Come visit the new Nano Exhibit in the Paul Dennis Science Hall at Ingram Planetarium and find out! This new interactive exhibit engages visitors of all ages in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. Hands-on exhibits present the basics of nanoscience, introduce some real-world applications, and explore the social and ethical implications of this new technology.

What is Nano all about? Nanoscience is the study of structures and materials on the scale of nanometers. A nanometer is one billionth of a meter. Your fingernail grows about one nanometer in one second.

Nanotechnology manipulates matter on a molecular scale. Some things have different properties at the nanoscale. This allows scientists and engineers to create new materials and devices. Nano scientists can literally build things the way nature does, atom by atom. There are already many examples of nanotechnology in our everyday lives: computers, food, cosmetics, sports equipment, hearing aids, sunscreen, scratch resistant lenses, CDs, cell phones, cameras, tennis balls, golf balls, even clothing — have you heard about the new odor repellant nano socks? Nanotechnology will continue to impact our lives in the future.

What are the long-term effects of some of the new nanotechnology? How will nanotechnology affect the environment? What are some of the social and ethical concerns nanotechnology raises? There are no easy answers to these questions.

The Nano Exhibit will be at Ingram Planetarium from now until January 17, 2015.

There is no admission charge to visit the new Nano Exhibit in the Paul Dennis Science Hall! It’s FREE!

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Volunteer Mary Lou Miller enjoying the new Nano Exhibit.