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Dust mite approaching a gear train

SEM (scanning electron microscope) image of a dust mite approaching a gear train. The gear train is microscopic in dimension, each gear tooth is smaller than a human red blood cell. The gear train is connected to a microscopic motor and acts much like the transmission in your car, but it is so small that you can not see it without the aid of advanced scientific microscopes. This device is an example of real things being made with nanotechnology.

 

Image Source: Sandia Labs

   

FYI- This photo is part of the:

Nanotechnology Takes Off - KQED QUEST Flickr Set.

 

View the companion KQED TV piece on KQED QUEST and discuss it in the QUEST Science Blog.

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Taken on March 27, 2007