Microscale particles shaped like letters


“UCLA professor Thomas G. Mason and chemistry graduate student Carlos J. Hernandez produced particles that are just microns wide and shaped like each letter of the alphabet. Graduate student James Wilking used “laser tweezers” to pick up the letters ’U, C, L, A’ and move them in order.”

Be sure to click “Next” for the second image too.

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This is sweet—how long until I can have type in my blood?

I want an injection as well. Now we can all literally become type junkies.
But what typeface is it?

Actually Simon posted this recently.

Blood? Well, my submission to the erstwhile Typophile
t-shirt contest did say “type is my blood”. Set in Sangue.


Using nanomanipulation to create logos dates back to 1990, when Eigler and Schweizer used a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) to etch the IBM logo onto a nickel substrate using just 35 atoms of Xenon. That and other images can be found at:


An Intel logo is at:

Penn State’s logo:


Notre Dame:


National Institute of Standards (NIST):

And for something completely different, a Bucky Badger made out of carbon nanotubes:

Is this how they make alphabet soup into a lovely purée? I couldn’t resist after that second page.

Founder, This Day in Type

If you scroll down to “Related stories” and click on “Nano alphabet soup gets cooking,” there’s a story with a little more detail, including this:

“The letters could be manufactured to conform to a variety of typefaces, even something like the Times New Roman font favored by many newspapers.”

Hard to tell if “even something...” means that they don’t like TNR, or that they think it would be a great achievement to duplicate it.

It probably means something that’s not just composed of stick lines.


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