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Logo Carved onto human hair Answered

Thought I'd share this

Boing Boing Gadgets' Joel Johnson was at McMaster University yesterday where he met a researcher who used a focus ion beam microscope to carve his school's logo on a human hair

I find it amazing how well it came out. If we can do this now, just Imagine what well be able to do in the future! Advertisement spaces in hair?!!!


Ad space would be somewhat useless, since most people don't have scanning electron microscopes that they use to scan their hair for messages on a regular basis.

It won't be useless when we begin watching prime time television on a strand of hair.

i went to that school and do not recall seeing that particular hair

Somehow, that's more impressive than the pictures built with individual atoms.

I accidentally caught part of a film the other day, The Last Mimsy. As near as i could work out, Mimsy was a toy rabbit that fell through time and taught it's owner how to predict the future. Some scientist got hold of it and stuck a sample of the stuffed rabbit under an elecrton microscope. The whole bunny was wired - they zoomed in and saw smaller and smaller chips and micromechanicals, way smaller than anything possible today.

Just as they reached the limit of the electron microscope's resolution, there in a space between chip assemblies, they found the Intel logo. The last thing I saw before I changed channels was an Intel executive being interrogated. It made me smile...

Sigh. I meant to see that movie. The short story it was (loosely) based on (Mimsy Were the Borogoves, by "Lewis Padgett") was quite memorable.

I just checked your link - sounds like the book is better.

Yah, that was a funny part of the movie.

lol, Ided never think that the world would come to this- Carved stuff on the human hair! What next, carved stuff on an ant or somethng? (Cant think of anything much smaller than hair =P)

I dont think were ready to carve an atom......best we can do is align em.... patience.....

Hey I got a question: Do nanobots have code or anything marking them? I mean like all pills have a number to know what they do


10 years ago

I think I prefer the IBM logo done in Xenon atoms.
See also this Cool Slideshow

It's interesting to contemplate the things we were taught that are no longer true.
  • "Of course you can't see individual atoms, even with the most powerful microscope." (though some might claim we're pushing the definition of "see")
  • "a one-Farad capacitor would be huge."

I'd carve the Instructables Robot and so much Instructables stuff on my hair...

are you on something? Instructables this, instructables that....at first it was great. Then cheerful....then repetitive...

-are you high on instructables? Where do you stash it boy?!!!! Don't stutter! Out with it!

-uh...uh....It's...It's not mine!!....I was holding it for a friend! I swear!


Of course I do not really mean this, for I too smok.......dri........inj..............i like Instructables too.