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EarthSky // Press Released Nov 17, 2006

EarthSky enhances “Too Small to See” exhibition at innoventions at EPCOT

Selected radio programs from the Earth & Sky science radio series have been incorporated into a traveling exhibition on nanotechnology. The exhibition – called “Too Small to See” – opens today in INNOVENTIONS at Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

“Partnering with Earth & Sky has given ‘Too Small to See’ access to a science radio series that is recognized nationally,” said Dr. Carl Batt, a Cornell University professor who directed the “Too Small to See” project. “Our exhibition provides a unique format and venue for learning about nanotechnology, as well as a chance for more guests to be exposed to the fantastic radio programming offered by EarthSky Communications.”

According to Dr. Batt, “Too Small to See” explores the wonders of the emerging field of nanotechnology and lets the visitor enter this world from the perspective of life at the atomic scale. The exhibit will be located in INNOVENTIONS East, one of two buildings in the pavilion at Epcot that house exhibits designed to help guests discover and understand science and technology. INNOVENTIONS is located in the heart of Epcot and is an over 100,000 square feet attraction filled with hands-on, interactive exhibits where visitors from around the globe can discover how science and technology simplify and enhance their lives.

EarthSky radio programs on recent discoveries in the nanotech field – such as carbon nanotubes and quantum dots – are featured in the exhibition at INNOVENTIONS. These radio programs “help the visitor make the jump into the world that is too small to see,” according to Dr. Batt.

“There is an Earth & Sky ‘nook’ within the larger exhibit,” said Dr. Batt, “where visitors can listen to the radio programs. Elsewhere in the exhibit, there are Earth & Sky radio programs that have been mixed with pictures to create an audio and visual experience through which the visitor can learn about nanotechnology and its applications.”

The exhibition which took more than two years to create, was a collaborative effort between Cornell University, the Sciencenter, and Painted Universe, all located in Ithaca, NY. It was funded by the National Science Foundation. After its unveiling at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot, “Too Small to See” will be on display at science museums throughout the United States as part of the Sciencenter’s traveling exhibition program.

Click here to see a video of kids enjoying the prototype exhibition. The ones listening on telephones are listening to radio shows about nanotechnology from EarthSky Communications.