The Smallest Earth In Human History

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This 3D map of Earth, carved by IBM's new nanometer-scale silicon milling machine, could fit alongside 999 other Earths onto a single grain of salt. Here's a look at the machine behind it:

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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.


From the team:

"Potential applications range from fast prototyping for CMOS nanoelectronics to creating prototype optical components and meta-materials, from fabricating 3D nanoparticles to shape-matching templates for the self-assembly of nanoscale objects such as nanorods or nanotubes."

Also, the inevitable remix of at least one classic Disney ride. [IBM via boingboing]

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i just think this is laughable. dear god ibm you have gone to the dogs. congrats! you can etch things into nothing! impossible to see and useless to boot, how do we know if its even real? we dont. thx ibm, for once again proving how useless you really are.