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Nano Exhibit Coming Soon to ‘Imiloa! Imagine and Discover a World You Can’t See!

by Brea Aamoth on April 27th, 2016

The Nano Exhibit is now Open! 

‘Imiloa’s newest exhibit, Nano, is an interactive tool that engages family audiences in nanoscale science, engineering and technology. This hands-on exhibit presents the basics of nanoscience and introduces some real world applications.

So what is nano-science? It refers to the understanding and controlled manipulation of very tiny structures on the ‘nanoscale’, that’s a billionth of a meter wide!

For example, the iridescent color of a butterfly’s wings, the ‘sticky’ feet of geckos and the self-cleaning property of kalo leaves are all examples of nanoscience that motivates new technologies like stain-resistant fabrics and self-cleaning windows.

How small is a nano?

A freckle is about 1 millimeter wide
1 millimeter = 1,000,000 nanometers


Strand of Hair
A hair is about 0.1 (one tenth) of a millimeter wide
0.1 millimeter = 100,000 nanometers


Red Blood Cell
A red blood cell is about 10 micrometers wide
10 micrometers – 10,000 nanometers



A bacteria cell is about 1 micrometer wide
1 micrometer = 1,000 nanometers

A virus is about 0.1 (one tenth) of a micrometer wide
0.1 micrometer = 100 nanometers


Cell Membrane
A cell membrane is about 10 nanometers wide



Sugar Molecule
A sugar molecule is about 1 nanometer wide




An atom is about 0.1 (one tenth) of a nanometer wide


Some experts think that nano technologies may transform our lives – similar to the way that the automobile and personal computer have changed how we live and work.


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