Thursday, March 16, 2006

Nanobull is full of bull, it's not "nano"

"Nanobull" is actually 10 micrometers by 7 micrometers, which is 10,000 nm by 7,000 nm. Regardless, it is still very small and provides a frame of reference for scale. Considering that a human hair is roughly 80 microns wide, you could fit 8 bulls across the diameter of a piece of hair. (i.e. bull-bull-bull-bull-bull-bull-bull-bull)


Blogger Scott Walker said...

What exactly is the nanobull? I understand that it is really really small but what does it stand for?

9:29 AM  
Blogger DSomogy said...

The nanobull was created to demonstrate fine-scale laser "surgery" technology. Lasers traced a path through laser-sensitive resin that hardened when exposed to the laser beam. The nanobull is smaller than a red blood cell, and the laser-cutting technology has potential applications for cell-specific surgery or blood cell reparation.

9:46 AM  

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