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Nanometer-Wide PicoToilet, Plus a Gallery of Micrographs

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Man, you're going to need to have a tiny butt to use this toilet—less than a nanometer wide, to be specific. Taken with an electron microscope by nanotechnologist Kaito Takahashi, this pic not only shows the intricacies of objects that can be constructed at the nanoscale, but it also demonstrates the astonishing smallness of the world you see at 15,000X magnification. This photo won the Most Bizarre award in the Bizarre/Beautiful Micrograph Contest at the 49th International Conference on Electron, Ion and Photon Beam Technology and Nanofabrication. Check out the gallery for more crazy nanoshots. [Zyvex Labs, via Wired]

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@Ricky: Yeah. A hydrogen atom is like 2 angstroms wide. It takes 10 angstroms to make a nanometer. The toilet looks a lot bigger than just 5 hydrogen atoms wide. I think electron microscopes can now resolve to the angstrom level, but then you're talking mag factors of about a million—not "just" 15,000x.