Posted by Adam Wills
Scientists at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology announced this week that they have printed the entire Torah onto a silicon chip smaller than a pinhead (less than 1/1000th of an inch).
The text was written using a focused ion beam generator that shot tiny particles called Gallium ions onto a gold surface covering a base layer of silicon. The âwritingâ took just 90 minutes. The computer program that guided the FIB, however, took more than three months.
“The nano-Bible project demonstrates the miniaturization at our disposal,” Sivan said. “This research could lead to the creation of more advanced miniature structures—and imaging—on a nanometric scale, advances in storing information in very small spaces, and the use of DNA molecules to store information.”
The project was managed by graduate student Ohad Zohar and Dr. Alex Lahav, former head of the FIB laboratory in the Technion’s Wolfson Microelectronics Research and Teaching Center.
According to the researchers, the nano-bible will now be photographed and expand 10,000 times—and still be small enough to fit into a 75-square-foot frame to be hung in the Technion physics department. The photograph’s size will make it possible to read the entire Torah with the naked eye. The height of each letter will be three millimeters. The original nano-Bible will be displayed next to the photograph.
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Posted by Adam Wills
L.A. native Harry Turtledove talked with SciFi about his latest alternative-history novel, “Opening Atlantis” (ROC), which explores the discovery and settlement of Atlantis over the course of several centuries. Turtledove said that he envisioned Atlantis as an isolated ecology like New Zealand.
“[Trying to imagine that] was a lot of fun, as was trying to conceive of the birds and reptiles and insects that might fill the niches mammals hold in most of the world.”
Among the animals are Honkers, moa-like birds descended from geese.
“Coming up with strange birds was particularly enjoyable, because I am a birder,” Turtledove said. “Oversized katydids fill the mouse niche. Not many flowering plants in Atlantis, either: The roles are taken by conifers and ferns and cycads.”
In the novel, Atlantis is actually the East Cost of the United States, which separated from the North American continent some 85 million years before.