German scientist scores with nanoscale soccer field

A German scientist has got into the spirit of the World Cup soccer fever, by creating a nano-scale version of a playing field.

The 500x380nm soccer pitch, created by U. of Kaiserslautern researcher Stefan Trellenkamp, was created by engraving lines using an electron beam on a sample of acrylic glass, according to a Reuters report. 20,000 of the tiny constructions could fit on the tip of human hair.

Aside from displaying one’s enthusiasm for the world’s most popular game — Germany is hosting this year’s World Cup — there doesn’t appear to be any practical application for the item, Trellenkamp noted. “The only problem is that I really don’t know what to do with it,” he told Reuters. “I can’t put it on show as no one can see it. I guess it’ll just stay in my drawer for the time being.”

His enthusiasm unfortunately didn’t provide a home-team advantage — Germany was upset by Italy in the World Cup semifinals.


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