The smallest man-made object ever to be filmed

Jonty Hurwitz work merges art with cutting-edge technology. He is known for his high-tech pieces, including anamorphic sculpures and “nano sculptures” like the elephant shown in this video, which is only 0.157 mm tall.

To create his nano sculpures Hurwitz uses multiphoton lithography, an extremely precise laser-based 3D printing technique. These sculpures can only be seen through an electronic microscope, which can require several minutes to capture a single image. Indeed, making this 30 seconds movie took days of high precision work.

More info: www.jontyhurwitz.com

Helmet translates “droidspeak”

A canadian eletronics designer has created a helmet which enables you to speak in “droidspeak” – the languages of R2D2 and BB8 from the StarWars-saga.

Unfortunately the helmets don’t translate and retranslate the spoken words and create sounds literally. They rather work as a workie talkie as they just output some “droidspeak”-sounds and transmit the original spoken message via radio. How amazing would it be if these helmets were able to translate “droidspeak” in realtime?

Eternal 5D data storage could record the history of humankind

Scientists at the University of Southampton have made a major step forward in the development of digital data storage that is capable of surviving for billions of years. The storage allows unprecedented properties including 360 TB/disc data capacity, thermal stability up to 1,000°C and virtually unlimited lifetime at room temperature (13.8 billion years at 190°C ) opening a new era of eternal data archiving.

read more: http://phys.org/