IBM Creates World’s Smallest 3D Map


What: IBM scientists have created a 3D map of the earth so small that 1,000 of them could fit on one grain of salt.

How: “This was accomplished by means of a new, breakthrough technique that uses a tiny, silicon tip with a sharp apex — 100,000 times smaller than a sharpened pencil — to create patterns and structures as small as 15 nanometers at greatly reduced cost and complexity.”

Why: This patterning technique opens new prospects for developing nanosized objects in fields such as electronics, future chip technology, medicine, life sciences, and opto-electronics.” Find the full press release here.

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