In Pictures: 15 amazing tech feats and world records

Not to be outdone by athletes at this summer’s Olympic games, techies have been setting some world records of their own of late.

Smallest transistor

This record could be tough to beat. I mean, how much smaller can you get? An international group of United States and Australian researchers have created what they call the smallest possible controllable transistor: It’s only an atom large. Heralded as a major step toward ushering in an era of next-generation quantum computing, the researchers created the transistor using only a single phosphorus atom. “We can’t make it smaller than this,” claimed Purdue researcher Gerhard Klimeck.

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