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LEGO Toy Helps Researchers Learn What Happens on Nanoscale


August 25, 2009

beads move through the maze of LEGOs Johns Hopkins engineers are using a popular children's toy to visualize the behavior of particles, cells and molecules in environments too small to see with the naked eye. The researchers are arranging little LEGO pieces shaped like pegs to recreate microscopic activity taking place inside lab-on-a-chip devices at a scale they can more easily observe. Photo credit: Will Kirk, The Johns Hopkins University Full Story

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