Israeli scientists make world's smallest bible

Posted on Thursday, Dec 27 2007 @ 04:25 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Nanotechnology experts at the Technion institute in Haifa have inscribed the entire Jewish Bible onto a space of less than 0.5 square millimeter - that's half the size of a grain of sugar.
hey chose the Jewish Bible to highlight how vast quantities of information can be stored in minimum amounts of space.

"It took us about an hour to etch the 300,000 words of the Bible onto a tiny silicon surface," Ohad Zohar, the university's scientific adviser for educational programs, told the Associated Press.

The Technion's microscopic bible was created by blasting tiny particles called gallium ions at an object that then rebounded, causing an etching affect.

"When a particle beam is directed toward a point on the surface, the gold atoms bounce off and expose the silicon layer underneath just like a hammer and chisel," Zohar said.
In the future this technology may be used to store large amounts of data on bio-molecules and DNA.


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