Thursday, June 04, 2009

Star Trek replicator - closer to reality?

That's the speculation put forth in a recent Dvice article. The picture in this article shows a method where by a beam of atoms are fired through millions of tiny perforations and focused onto a substrate:
  • creating a replica of an object 10,000 times smaller than the original.
The amazing thing is that these are exact duplicates albeit in miniature. Right now it is being used to make highly accurate copies of atomic nano-structures.

Granted, this is a long way from making you a tall steaming mug of jo....but consider, if the record were played back, would you not have the macro version of the miniature?

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