Who wants some infographics?

Nanotechnology is a pretty big deal these days. Not only is it a huge buzzword for science grants, I also end up talking in nanoscale pretty much everyday (yesterday for example: “Ok, that film needs to be thinner than 150 nanometers”). It recently hit me that I have a very hard time conceptualizing what a nanometer actually is. Sure, I know it’s about 50,000 times smaller than the width of a single hair, but so what? Like “a billion”, it really doesn’t mean anything to me.

So inspired by that really cool star-size comparison I’m sure everyone’s seen, I decided to make one for small stuff. I’m no graphic artist, so it isn’t too pretty, but it works. It’s just as much for my own edification than for anyone else, but it might be fun to look at.

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