You Won't Believe How Small This World Map Is
Researchers in a Zurich-based lab have come up with something really, really small, and in doing so may’ve made something with enormous potential.
IBM researchers used a new micro-small (or nano) particle etching machine to create what the Guiness Book of World Records has authenticated as the world’s smallest map of, well, the world.
The miniscule map, etched on a piece of polymer, is 11 micrometres high, and 22 micrometres wide, and only took about two and a half minutes to etch. A micrometre is one millionth of a meter, or one thousandth of a millimeter. To put the size of the map (pictured above) into perspective, find a salt shaker and place one grain of salt on the table in front of you.
You could fit 1,000 of the IBM-etched maps of the whole world on that single grain of salt.
Before you think this is the most awesome waste of time ever by a group of Swiss brainiacs, this new technology opens the door for nano-sized computer chips and circuitry, ultra-absorbent customized medicines, enhanced optics and more.
Our world didn’t change with the creation of this itty bitty map, but it will soon...