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McMaster research engineer creates world's tiniest gingerbread houseDecember 19, 2019

Using an electron microscope at the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy at McMaster University, Travis Casagrande made a microscopic gingerbread house that's making international headlines.

Now that's a tiny house!

Research engineer and McMaster Engineering alumnus Travis Casagrande's microscopic gingerbread house is stirring wonder in the scientific community and beyond.

Casagrande made the house from silicon under intense magnification at the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy at McMaster University, a national facility with a suite of 10 electron microscopes and other equipment used mostly for materials research.

The centre is led by Acting Scientific Director Nabil Bassim, Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

“I think projects like this create science curiosity,” Casagrande told McMaster Daily News. “I think for both children and adults, it’s important to be curious about science. Looking into how this was made leads to more interest in science, and that builds more science literacy, which allows everyone to make better decisions.”

Read more about Casagrande's work in The Globe and Mail, CTV NewsCBC Hamilton and Daily Mail UK.