Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Smallest Earth Ever Created

This is a 3D creation of the Earth milled out by IBM's new nanometer-scale silicon milling machine. It is so small that 1000 of these can fit on a grain of salt...!

Using heat and pressure, this nanomill can carve a substrate with single nanometer accuracy, and pretty quickly to boot. This Earth took but 2 minutes and 23 seconds to manufacture—not much slower than the process of producing a single color page on a home printer from a decade+ ago.

via gizmodo

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