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Posted: October 5, 2007

'Most bizarre' nanotechnology image

(Nanowerk News) Welcome to the strage world of nanotechnology. What a perfect addition to our "Slow News Friday" section: this 'nano toilet' won the Most Bizarre prize at The 49th International Conference on Electron, Ion and Photon Beam Technology and Nanofabrication Bizarre/Beautiful Micrograph Contest. This contest already took place in 2005, but this image is making the rounds again; maybe you haven't seen it yet.
Nano Toilet
Chisai Benjo ("Small Toilet") – An effective method of dealing with defects is to find a collection site. Submitted by: Takahashi Kaito (SII Nanotechnology Inc.)
Here are the price winners for the 2004 and 2007 contests' Most Bizzare category (the category wasn't available in 2006 but was brought back by popular demand in 2007):
Running Man Running Man
Left: 2004 winner. Fishing with Nanotubes – These micro fish appear hooked on nanotubes with a catalyst bait. Submitted by: David Tanenbaum and Markus Brink (Pomona College). Right: 2007 winner: Nanojogger sprints along 200nm pitch gratings after a contaminated high temperature anneal. Submitted by: Keith Morton, NSL, Princeton University.
Check out the entire collection of prize-winning micrographs –which can be found here – there are some amazing and beautiful images.
If you would like to enter the 2008 contest, the rules can be found here. There are six categories plus a new video category:
* Grand Prize
* Most Bizarre
* Best Electron Micrograph
* Best Ion Micrograph
* Best Photon Micrograph
* Best Scanning Probe Micrograph
Source: Zyvex Labs