Dec 22 2010The Periodic Table Printed On A Human Hair


Well at least they're claiming it's a human hair, but it looks more like cat fur if you ask me. Just kidding, totally a pube.

Created by the nerds -- excuse me, experts -- at the University of Nottingham's Nanotechnology and Nanoscience Centre, the hair was etched using focused ion beams. How tiny is it? So tiny that it could be copied onto a post-it note well over a million times with room to spare.

Don't get me wrong, that's impressive and all, but who needs the periodic table printed on their hair? I mean fingernail sure, that's just being practical.

Hit the jump for some nutty batshit-crazy professor getting all exited about the periodic pube because they made it for his birthday.

Watch the world's smallest periodic table being etched onto a human hair! [io9]
The world's smallest periodic table has been etched onto a human hair [dvice]

Thanks to dustdevil, who once had the periodic table tattooed on the inside of his eyelids to cheat in chemistry class. How'd that work out for you? Third time taking 10th grade, huh? Shocking.

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Reader Comments

that's nothing, i had the declaration of independence lasered on my taint

@1 you nasty i have a cereal box tattooed on one of my buttcheeks for real though

Haha, who reported this, some jealous fraternity jock?

I immediately thought "Hey nonni-nonni and a ho-ho-ho" when I read that it was from Nottingham University.

Old news, already seen the full vid actually.

Great for saving space. Hopefully everything will be printed that small and you will have to walk around with a high-powered microscope to read anything.

@2 - what kind of cereal. Honey Smacks?

pics or it didn't happen.

@7 Cap'n Crunch with Dingleberries


Louis of

@9 - Were you thinking about printing your website spam on hair? You put it everywhere else, so hair is the next logical step.

@8 I wish they owuld bring those back. Cap'n crunch was the shit when it had dinggle berries in it

Good to see they are putting such advanced technology to practical use.

Including all known lanthanides AND actinides! Hah! Good luck!


too small to read during the test

finally i can get a tattoo on my penis.

for the love of god GW please, please ban this dip shits IP address or something so i can read comments without advertising.

whats the font? =p

This is a Christmas miracle. God made this possible.

Do it on a cat pube!

That professor was out of control when he found out what he was getting for his birthday.

New Era HatsTook me awhile to read all the comments, but I really love the article.

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