What do you know about nanostructures? Take the nanostructures quiz!


Nanostructures are everywhere! From nanobots that swim through your body to space elevators, nanostructures are the cutting edge of science and technology. Test your knowledge on this tiny world of infinite possibilities.

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Question 1 of 20

Nanotubes are how much thinner than a human hair?

10,000 times thinner
50,000 times thinner
5,000 times thinner

... Single-walled carbon nanotubes are indeed thin. They are 50,000 times thinner than a human hair.


Question 2 of 20

Who developed the concept of Singularity?

Vernor Vinge
Albert Einstein
Buckminster Fuller

... Writer and mathematician Vernor Vinge developed the concept of Singularity.


Question 3 of 20

The birth of nanotechnology is associated with this Nobel-Prize winning scientist.

Elizabeth H. Blackburn
Niels Bohr
Richard Feynman

... In 1959 Richard Feynman gave a talk called There's Room at the Bottom. His presentation is credited with being the birth of nanotechnology.


Question 4 of 20

The geosynchronous orbital tether is otherwise known as this.

space elevator
space line

... The geosynchronous orbital tether is known also known as the space elevator.


Question 5 of 20

Marine algae known as diatoms have nanostructures that allow them to:

bend light
absorb water better
turn from blue to green

... Marine algae have very intricate nanostructures that allow them to bend light.


Question 6 of 20

Some scientists believe which nanostructures will greatly enhance the production of solar energy?

nano collectors
nano flakes
nano nanos

... Although there are some skeptics, nano flakes might prove to be the most efficient way to capture solar energy.


Question 7 of 20

Color-producing nanostructures helped paleontologists decipher the color of prehistoric bird feathers. What is a related discovery they're hoping to solve using color-producing nanostructures?

discover the color of prehistoric bird eggs
discover the color of feathers from the feathered dinosaurs
figure out how large prehistoric birds were

... There's a logical leap to use nanostructures to determine the feathered headdress of the feathered dinosaurs.


Question 8 of 20

What is the nickname scientists at MIT and Harvard call engineered nanostructures that cling to artery walls?


... Nanoburrs are quite clingy and with any luck will help make heart disease a thing of the past.


Question 9 of 20

What is one way scientists are thinking of powering nanobots?

thought control
solar energy

... It may seem strange but it's true. Scientists are researching whether sperm could power nanobots.


Question 10 of 20

This fabric is used in the electrified nanostructure water purifier.


... Cotton is the fabric of choice when it comes to building an electrified nanostructure water purifier.


Question 11 of 20

There are two main concerns people have with regards to the safety of nanotechnology. What are they?

negative affects on health and environment
possibility that scientists and companies could lose control over structures they create
fast pace of nanotechnology development

... Many people are concerned that nanotechnologies will have negative impacts on health and the environment.


Question 12 of 20

In what year did the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies begin?


... The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies began in 2005.


Question 13 of 20

Nanotechnology greatly influenced the creation of this character on Star Trek.

The Borg Queen
Khan Noonien Singh

... The powerful Borg Queen was a melding of the biological and the artificial. She considered her species to be the most perfect of all beings.


Question 14 of 20

What 1960s film sent Raquel Welch through the body of a scientist in a tiny submarine?

The Fantastic Journey
Fantastic Voyage
The Incredible Journey

... Fantastic Voyage won two Academy Awards and was nominated for three others.


Question 15 of 20

Pigments and nanostructures on the wings of these insects are responsible for wing colors.

palmetto bug

... Nanostructures and pigments are responsible for the brilliant colors found on the wings of butterflies.


Question 16 of 20

What is a nanometer?

1 billionth of a meter
1 hundredth of a meter
1 thousandth of a meter

... The prefix nano means one billionth.


Question 17 of 20

The Living Kitchen employs what concept for its design?

Living Wall

... The Living Kitchen Project envisions the use of Claytronics to produce programmable walls.


Question 18 of 20

What is the name of the object that inspired the space elevator?

celestial castle
space tower
star castle

... The Konstantin Tsiolkovsky idea for a 'Celestial Castle' inspired the concept of the space elevator.


Question 19 of 20

A nanoscale generally ranges between:

1 and 300 nanometers.
0 and 20 nanometers
1 and 100 nanometers

... A nanoscale generally ranges between 1 and 100 nanometers.


Question 20 of 20

Nanotechnology is sometimes referred to as this:

molecular robotics
engineered bots
molecular cyborgs

... Nanotechnology deals with the interaction of atomic and molecular sized objects. It's also known as molecular robotics.


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