The "Nano Bible" Fits On a Chip The Size of a Grain of Sugar

Hannah Keyser
Technion, Youtube
Technion, Youtube / Technion, Youtube

You can't really read it, but that's not the point. Researchers at the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute in Israel engraved the Hebrew Bible on a chip the size of a grain of sugar in order to demonstrate the scale that they work in.

"We realized that we might have found an interesting way of introducing nanotechnology to the general public. We want to encourage people to think about the unbelievably tiny dimensions in which we can create complex system today to process, store, and share data," says Dr. Ohad Zohar.

The Nano Bible is written on an ultra thin silicon wafer coated in a layer of gold that is less than 100 atoms thick. To engrave the Hebrew letters, the researchers used a focused ion beam to carve away just the gold layer. The team described the choice to engrave the chip as having “poetic beauty”—a blend of modern technology and ancient methods.

The Nano Bible is displayed in the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum. But watch the video below for some mind-blowing metaphors for just how tiny nanotechnology is.

[h/t boingboing]