Gallery: IBM's 3D nanoscale breakthrough makes the world a lot smaller

Gallery: IBM's 3D nanoscale breakthrough makes the world a lot smaller

Summary: IBM researchers bring the world down to size with a breakthrough technique that allows them to create nanoscale objects. The first mission was to produce the smallest 3D map of the world ever.

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  • IBM researchers have produced a breakthrough technique that allows scientists to create nanoscale objects. The first mission was to produce the smallest 3D map of the world ever. Using a heated nanoscale silicon tip researchers carved a 22-by-11 micrometer 3D model of the world. At this size, 1000 world maps could fit on a grain of salt. One thousand meters of altitude correspond to roughly eight nanometers (nm).

    For more on this story, read Larry Dignan's blog.

    Credit: Advanced Materials

  • Using this technique, Researchers created a 25-nanometer high replica of the 4,478-meter tall Swiss peak Matterhorn.

    Credit: IBM Research - Zurich

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  • This is it !

    While bits and pieces of nanotech have been in development for 2 decades, one essential technique was missing; How to tie it all together into functioning structures. This appears to be it. Let the games begin.
    grouch3k