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"Zoom Into a Computer Chip" (Image 2)

July 20, 2010
A computer chip functions by actions at the nanoscale. This illustration reveals the inner workings of a computer chip across 10 orders of magnitude, from silicon atoms and transistor gate electrodes to the mother board.

This is one of several illustrations that appeared on a poster titled "Everything is Made of Atoms," produced as part of the Nanoscale Informal Science Education (NISE) Network project. The purpose of the poster was to show how all things--from butterflies to computer chips--are made of atoms.

The NISE Network is a national community of researchers and informal science educators working together to foster public awareness, understanding and engagement with nanoscale science and technology. The Network seeks to make available, a broad array of digital resources for use in nano education. NISE Network digital resources include digital versions of programs, exhibits, forums, activities, photographs, video, text, audio, Web pages, drawings, illustrations, interactive tools and other materials.

The Network, which was established in 2005, is a cooperative activity involving the San Francisco Exploratorium, the Museum of Science, Boston, and the Science Museum of Minnesota, working together with a dedicated group of partners and advisors. NISE Network is funded by the National Science Foundation through a five-year cooperative agreement (DRL 05-32536). Further information about NISE is available Here. (Date of Image: January 2008) [Image 2 of 3 related images. See Image 3.]

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