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If you wanted to build a specific molecule, at a scale that is far too small to see, how might you go about it? Learn the basics of building molecules at a nano scale.

In this game, instead of molecules, you use colored blocks that work in a predictable way to build specific shapes. Once you know the basics, you are probably ready to start thinking about how molecules of known shapes can be used to build molecular machines or containers. 

Ready to play? Get started Nano Building.

Want to Learn more about building with molecules? Visit Nature's Tiny Machines.

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  • Article: Nano Building
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: January 5, 2021
  • Date accessed: September 20, 2023
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