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Microscopic clownfish!

By Leonard Ho - Posted Dec 17, 2015 09:00 AM
A research team has engineered the smallest image ever created. These clownfish and their host anemone are printed on a surface area that measures only 0.0092 mm² and is invisible to the naked eye!
Microscopic clownfish!

You'll forgive the pixellation when you realize how impossibly tiny this image is.

Researchers from Scrona Ltd. and ETH Zurich joined forces to create the world's smallest image certified by Guinness World Record.  All this detail is contained in only 0.0092 mm² (1.42600285e-5 in²), which is no wider than a human hair!  This equates to an astounding resolution of 25,000 DPI!

Quite fitting for its reef subject, the research team employed a type of inkjet-printable LED technology called quantum dots, which Advanced Aquarist has written about before, to paint the microscopic clownfish and anemone.  And when we say microscopic, we really mean it: only 30 µm (0.001 inches) in length!


Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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