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The sounds of nanotechnology

Public perceptions of nanotechnology are shaped by sound in surprising ways. Our analysis of the audiovisual techniques employed by nanotechnology stakeholders shows that well-chosen sounds can help to win public trust, create value and convey the weird reality of objects on the nanoscale.

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Figure 1: A typology of nano-sounds.

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The authors thank E. Culloty and S. Hughes for assistance in compiling the database.

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Campbell, N., Deane, C. & Murphy, P. The sounds of nanotechnology. Nature Nanotech 12, 606–610 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/nnano.2017.142

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