Microscopic ramen served

The Associated Press

Japanese scientists say they have used cutting-edge technology to create a noodle bowl so small it can be seen only through a microscope.

Mechanical engineering professor Masayuki Nakao said he and his students at the University of Tokyo used a carbon-based material to produce a noodle bowl with a diameter 1/25,000 of an inch in a project aimed at developing nanotube-processing technology.

The microscopic bowl was first created in December 2006 but not revealed until last week after its entry in a microphotography competition was filed.

The bowl was carved out of microscopic nanotubes, tube-shaped pieces of carbon, measuring about 1/10,000 of the thickness of a human hair.

“We believe it’s the world’s smallest ramen bowl, with the smallest portion of noodles inside, although they are not edible,” Nakao said.