World's Smallest Nativity #NanoJesus

If you could give a Christmas present to the Pope, what would it be? A chest filled with silver and gold? A painting? Chocolates? A team of 30 researchers from the Laser Research Center at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU) in Lithuania, decided they would give the Pope the world’s smallest nativity scene for Christmas. The nativity is a replica of the most famous nativity in Lithuania. It sits at the center of Cathedral Square—a prominent landmark in Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital city.     The researchers partnered with a micro-fabrication company called Femtika and 3D-technology company called Ideja 3D to scan the original sculptures, render them as 3D models, and then print copies of the nativity at nanoscale proportions. The project took the team of researchers 3 months to complete and at the end, they had five copies that were 10,000 times smaller than the original.       How small is nano small? Pretty much, the nano-sized nativity set is invisible to the naked eye. You need a microscope if you want to see the holy family, there wise men, sheep, camels, and other animals. The baby Jesus in the set is smaller than a human cell.     If that doesn’t put it into perspective for you, imagine how tiny it would have to be to fit on the tip of an eyelash or in the eye of a needle.     The researchers dubbed their project, the cleverly poignant, yet somewhat distasteful name, nanoJesus. They believe their nativity set is the world’s smallest and have submitted their claim to the Guinness Book of World Records.     Afterward, they gave Lithuanian President, Dalia Grybauskaite, a copy of the tiny nativity scene to present to Pope Francis.   To learn more about NanoJesus, check out this video.