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This is what gold atoms look like and that giant machine is what peered in to the tiny – Link.


  • World’s most powerful transmission electron microscope – Link.
  • Plenty of Room at the Bottom, Feynman – Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.



  1. john gomm says:

    I don’t know where Make got this image from, but no self-respecting researcher would publish an electron micrograph without a scale bar on the image. The press does it all the time (I think they deliberately crop them out for ‘clean lines’) and it annoys the hell out of serious people who spot something intriguing and want to know what scale it is. I know this is probably out of your hands, but its a little bug-bear of mine.

    Nice image though. I wish I had one of those machines in my shed, but the running costs are a little high.

  2. Gear Head says:

    I wonder if that has a macro mode. The picture shown is a bit fuzzy.