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3D rendered image showing a heated nanoscale silicon tip, borrowed from atomic force microscopy, that is chiselling away material from a substrate to create a nanoscale replica of the Matterhorn.

 

As reported in the scientific journal Science, IBM Researchers used this new nanopatterning technique to create a 25 nanometer high 3D replica of the Matterhorn, a famous Swiss mountain that soars 4,478 m (14,692 ft) high, in molecular glass, representing a scale of 1:5 billion (1 nanometer of the replica corresponds to 57 altitude meters).

 

Image courtesy of IBM Research - Zurich

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Taken on April 6, 2010