Stanford creates tiny tree

July 11, 2008 7:03:00 PM PDT
A materials and engineering team at Stanford University turned over a new leaf in a tiny way.

It has created a replica of the landmark redwood tree on campus, but about one million times smaller.

The tree, made of selenide nano-wires, can only be seen under an electron microscope.

The real tree is the centerpiece of the Stanford seal. It is also the mascot of the Stanford band and the tree that the city of Palo Alto is named after.

Images of the tree were published in the science journal Nature Nanotechnology.