The Rosetta Disk is a 3" nickel disk that has been etched with over 13,500 pages of information on how to read and understand the world's languages in case aliens get tired of sticking things up our butts and want to get their learn on. It represents over 1,500 languages and requires a 500x microscope to read a single page. You hear that, aliens -- don't forget your microscopes (read: leave the probes at home).
Hit the jump for a close-up that isn't close enough.
What Is This? [gizmodo]
Thanks to Jana, who knows over 40 languages and may or may not be a spy who has slept with James Bond (read: she totally is).
Just kidding, it's not really a chestburster. It's a deep-sea hydrothermal worm. And it's not really that big. Actually, it's tiny. Probably about the size of your wiener.
Taken using an FEI Quanta SEM, this image is amazingly zoomed in 525 times. The real width of the fie... / Continue →
Japanese scientists have written the world's smallest letters using only a handful of atoms.
a research team at Osaka University has "written" the letters "Si" using an atomic pen that interchanges silicon and tin atoms, enabling those who have the time, resources, and patienc... / Continue →
I don't really keep up on microscope technology because I only use mine to look at breakfast cereal and bits of weed, but apparently there's been a breakthough in optics that allows an actual glimpse of objects on the nanometer scale (versus scanning electron microscopy, etc.).... / Continue →