World's smallest Bible
by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-12-26
Israeli boffins have put the whole Bible complete with vowels onto an object no bigger than a pinhead.
The researchers from Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology created the world's smallest Bible which contains 308,428 words by writing on a special silicon surface that is covered with a thin layer of gold. A special device called a Focused Ion Beam then created the words.
The development of the project was part of an educational program that asked the question: "How small can the Bible be?" and researchers aimed to prove how small they could make it.
By sending a particle beam towards various points on the substrate, we can etch any pattern of points, especially one that represents text," said project manager Ohad Zohar. "The nano-Bible project demonstrates the ability of miniaturization at our disposal."
Having developed the nano-Bible, researchers plan to use the technology in other projects that have a need for storing information on small devices.