The Incredible Shrunken Kids Additional Information

Recommended Web sites:

The NanoKids Web site is at (Rice University).

Explore various aspects of the nanoworld at (University of Wisconsin).

You can see images of several kinds of nanotech machines at

Gorman, Jessica. 2002. Taming high-tech particles. Science News 161(March 30):200-201. Available at

McDonagh, Sorcha. 2004. Little bits of trouble. Science News for Kids (April 7). Available at

Teachers can learn about NanoKids and nanoscale science and technology lessons for grades 6 to 12 at (Rice University).

Books recommended by SearchIt!Science:

The Kingfisher Encyclopedia of the Future — Anthony Wilson

Published by Kingfisher Books/Larousse Kingfisher Chambers, 2001.

How is today’s technology shaping our future? We live in a truly exciting time! Explore how the ways we communicate, learn, and work shape the world in which we might one day live. Beginning with human origins, examine how technology during the present Information Revolution will shape our future. Illustrated timelines show major technological milestones and the anticipated advances. Examine the newest technologies in spying and defense devices, look at the home of the future, and harness the elements for the energy of the future. “Blurred Vision” shows how people in the past thought the future would be. “Crystal Ball” predicts anticipated technological breakthroughs.

Techno-matter: The Materials Behind the Marvels — Fred Bortz

Published by Twenty-First Century Books/Millbrook Press, 2001.

Make connections with the science of the past, present, and future. Examine the elements of chemistry and explore the structures of plastics, metals, and ceramics. Explore the materials that have made possible the technological gadgets we use every day. Take a look into the future and learn about materials that scientists are experimenting with now. Technical developments dating back to the Stone Age are presented alongside ideas of the future, such as biomimetics, which looks at how engineering developments seek to mimic the processes of life itself.

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Power Words

molecule A group of two or more atoms that are joined together by sharing electrons in a chemical bond. Molecules can have only two atoms or can combine thousands of atoms into complex chemical compounds.

nano- A prefix that means: 1. One billionth, as in nanosecond, one billionth of a second. 2. Very small or at a microscopic level, as in a nanotube.

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