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      CommentAuthorAllan
    • CommentTimeDec 26th 2007
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    Bible put on a pin-head sized chip



    Researchers in Israel say they have succeeded in putting a version of the Bible on a chip smaller than a pinhead.

    Its 300,000 words in Hebrew were inscribed on a silicon surface at the Haifa Institute of Technology.

    Scientists say the aim of the project is to increase young people's interest in nanoscience and nanotechnology.

    The record for the smallest copy is held by a Bible measuring 2.8x3.4x1cm (1.1x1.3x0.4in), weighing 11.75g (0.4 ounces) and containing 1,514 pages.

    The 0.5sq-mm (0.01sq-in) nano-Bible was written on a silicon surface covered with a thin layer of gold (20nanometres thick - 0.0002mm).

    It was written using a device called Focused Ion Beam (Fib).

    "When we send the particle beam toward a point on the surface, the gold atoms bounce off of this point, thus exposing the silicon layer underneath," Ohad Zohar, one of the project's managers at Technion, said.

    "By sending a particle beam towards various points on the substrate, we can etch any pattern of points, especially one that represents text."

    The next step for Technion researchers is photographing the Bible and displaying it on a giant wall within the Faculty of Physics.

    "In this picture, which will be 7m by 7m (23ft by 23ft), it will be possible to read the entire Bible with the naked eye (the height of each letter will be some 3mm - 0.1in)," Mr Zohar said.

    "Near this picture, the original - the nano-Bible itself, which is the size a grain of sugar - will be displayed."
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    They can try whatever they want, I'm still not going to read it.
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    Scientists say the aim of the project is to increase young people's interest in nanoscience and nanotechnology.


    Yeah, because the bible is what all the hip kids are reading. Throw a copy of Hustler on that, you might have a bit more success.
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    My fave line of the piece is:

    "In this picture, which will be 7m by 7m (23ft by 23ft), it will be possible to read the entire Bible with the naked eye"

    'cos you couldn't do that before now...
    • CommentAuthorRedwynd
    • CommentTimeDec 27th 2007
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    How exactly do they expect anyone to be able to read text that is 3mm tall? My eyes aren't the worst, but that's half the size of newsprint!If they're going to project this on a wall (the only option that presents itself to my mind as being feasible), by the time you got close enough to see you'd be blocking the projection.
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      CommentAuthorAllan
    • CommentTimeDec 27th 2007
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    The Microchip Bible is not meant for the eyes of plebeians. Only the most august of the microclergy is able to view its beatitude.
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    Make it small enough to pass through your bloodstream, and people will pay money to have nanobibles injected into them.

    I bet you a dollar.

    An INTERNET dollar.
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      CommentAuthorAllan
    • CommentTimeDec 27th 2007
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    You could probably already insert it into the fatty parts of your body. Chipping is something that's already done.
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    Make it small enough to pass through your bloodstream, and people will pay money to have nanobibles injected into them.


    They sure as fuck will. The world is slowly becoming more and more like Transmetropolitan, is it not?
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeDec 27th 2007
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    We are one step closer to the world of Warhammer 40k, as of this day. All hail the Emperor.

    I'm surprised no one has discussed the obvious use of such an object - loading dozens of nano-bibles into shotgun pellets and using them as the ultimate vampire-deterrent. Obviously.
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    I'm surprised no one has discussed the obvious use of such an object - loading dozens of nano-bibles into shotgun pellets and using them as the ultimate vampire-deterrent. Obviously.


    You, sir, are a genius.
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      CommentAuthorAlexis
    • CommentTimeDec 27th 2007
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    The perfect size for those angels dancing on the head of a pin. Of course, this bible won't stop a bullet if you carry it in your vest pocket. Of course, the old bibles didn't really, either.
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    Oh, c'mon. Since God's Word(tm) is meant for all living creatures, this is simply a helpful tool for those who are interested in finally bringing it to the microscopic level. Because who needs Science to deal with nasty virii and bacteria when they're all godfearing Christians?
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    What a monumental waste of technology and effort.
    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeDec 30th 2007
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    It was written using a device called Focused Ion Beam (Fib).

    I missed this in my initial read, but... The Bible: Fib Edition amuses me to no end.

    The real fun comes when the lawyers/politicians get ahold of their own Fibs for the fine print :|
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      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2007
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    it will be possible to read the entire Bible with the naked eye


    I say to thee BULLSHIT. Only if I had glasses and a telescope could I read that.

    Hemlock & Artimus: I like the way you two gentlemen think.
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      CommentAuthorSarpedon
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2008
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    It was written using a device called Focused Ion Beam (Fib).

    I missed this in my initial read, but... The Bible: Fib Edition amuses me to no end.

    I read this as fib as in, "a trivial or childish lie" [webster's] so the bible is written in small lies? hmm...