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News Release 10-033

Take a Nanooze Break

New Epcot Center exhibition brings nano to the masses

Photo of the marquee banner for the Take a Nanooze Break exhibition.

The marquee banner for the Take a Nanooze Break exhibition.
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February 24, 2010

A new long-term exhibition at the Walt Disney World Resort® in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., will bring visitors face to face with the nanoworld.

Housed at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot®, the exhibition Take a Nanooze Break features a series of interactive, continually updated displays that allow visitors to manipulate models of molecules, study everyday items at the nanoscale, and interact with scientists and engineers who conduct the latest nano research.

"The experience is immersive and gives guests a number of ways to view a world that is too small to see," says Carl Batt of Cornell University, the lead researcher for the project. "It also gives guests a view of nanotechnology from real scientists"

Based upon the National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported children's magazine and Web site Nanooze (, the exhibition was developed with further NSF support by collaborators from Cornell University and Tamarack Design of Ithaca, N.Y.

"Nanotechnology will bring multiple, fundamental changes to the way we work to create goods, develop sustainable approaches, advance medicine and improve quality of life.," says Mike Roco, senior advisor for nanotechnology at NSF. "About $80 billion worth of products incorporated nanoscale components in the United States in 2010, and one can envision mass use of nanotechnology by 2020. The Nanooze exhibition informs and inspires the public about this fast-arriving future society."

The exhibition opened on Feb. 22, 2010. The work was funded by NSF awards 0725230 and 0937179.

For nanotechnology multimedia, contact Josh Chamot at


Media Contacts
Joshua A. Chamot, NSF, (703) 292-7730,
Blaine Friedlander, Cornell, (607) 254-8093,

Program Contacts
Mihail C. Roco, NSF, (703) 292-8301,
Shaochen Chen, NSF, (703) 292-7557,
Katharine J. Covert, NSF, (703) 292-4950,
Suhada Jayasuriya, NSF, (703) 292-7014,

Principal Investigators
Carl Batt, Cornell, (607) 255-2896,

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2017, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

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Photo of the Take a Nanooze Break exhibit at the INNOVENTIONS at Epcot in Buena Vista, Fla.
Take a Nanooze Break exhibition at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot in Fla.
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Photo of a visitor engaging the activities at Too Small to See, a precursor traveling exhibition.
A visitor engages the activities at Too Small to See, a precursor traveling exhibition.
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Iluustration showing green light stimulating diamond defects to emit one red photon at a time.
A Harvard-based team has manufactured a matrix of diamond nanowires.
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