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Smallest Star Trek Fan Art

By Norman Chan

The Enterprise, in atomic scale.

Remember those IBM researchers who made the world's smallest movie using stop-motion manipulation of individual atoms? They also used their atom-arranging Scanning Tunneling Microscope to create some Star Trek fan art. The original Trek logo, Enterprise ship, and Vulcan salute were all recreated using the two-ton piece of equipment. And as with each frame in the "A Boy and His Atom" short film, these micro pictures each took over a week to produce. Unrelated Star Trek awesomeness: 3D Systems is offering to 3D print your likeness on a miniature Star Trek figurine using its Projet printers, though the cost for each print is $70.