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We’ll watch nanotech experiments as they happen

Chemist Derek Lowe describes some amazing-sounding work at Caltech: “They’re taking electron microscope snapshots, one trillionth of a second at a time. And what is this technique good for? Well, electron microscopy has long been used for imaging all sorts of materials and biological samples. Fast freezing of the samples has revealed an extraordinary amount of information in the past, and [Ahmed] Zewail’s new method basically allows this to happen in real time, at room temperature, under normal conditions. The energies required to do it aren’t huge, and it’s quite likely that we’ll be able to get useful data without destroying delicate targets. We could end up with extreme slow-motion movies of molecular processes, imaged at electron-diffraction resolutions. We’re actually going to be able to watch nanotechnology experiments as they happen.” He speculates that this could be worth a Nobel Prize. (Credit: Instapundit)

2 Responses to “We’ll watch nanotech experiments as they happen”

  1. . Says:

    What happened to crit.org? I thought web enhancement was one of your biggest research areas, now it seems that you have abandonded it completely.

  2. Christine Peterson Says:

    The software used at crit.org was prototype software that eventually was not able to handle the amount of data needed. We are hoping that the author, Ka-Ping Yee of UC Berkeley, will do a new version. –Christine

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