Why do they have nanoscale beavers in Oregon?

I was expecting some sort of Canadian angle since it’s our national animal but no. Apparently a sports team at Oregon State University (OSU) has a logo with a beaver (btw, unexpectedly ferocious looking) and the students at the university physics lab have shrunk it down using a type of pen that has the width of a single protein molecule. “In the nanolithographic work we’re doing for carbon nanotubes and graphene electronics experiments, we need to be able to draw and cut in very careful patterns.” said Jorg Bochterle, an OSU physics exchange student from Germany. There’s more here.

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