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How Small Can Science get?

Author: Suhani Patel

Editors: Peggy Yang and Cynthia Zhang

Artist: Aurora Chen

Imagine climbing out of the shower only to discover that you have shrunken in the wash by about 1500 million times compared to your original size! If you stepped into your living room, what you would see around you would not be chairs, tables, computers, and your family, but instead would be atoms, molecules, proteins, and cells. Shrunk down to the "nanoscale," you will not only see the particles that everything is composed of—you will actually be able to move them around! Now suppose you started sticking those atoms together in interesting new ways, like tiny lego bricks of nature. You could build all kinds of fantastic materials, everything from brand new medicines to ultra-fast computer chips. Making new things on this microscopic scale is called nanotechnology and it's one of the most exciting, fast-moving areas of science and technology today.