Monday, August 31, 2009

We took a picture of...a molecule?

Holy crap. Scientists have taken a picture of a molecule -- or at least its chemical structure.

From the BBC:

"The physical shape of single carbon nanotubes has been outlined before, using similar techniques - but the new method even shows up chemical bonds.

Lead author of the research Leo Gross told BBC News that the group is aiming to combine their ability to measure individual charges with the new technique, characterising molecules at a truly unprecedented level of detail.

That will help in particular in the field of "molecular electronics", a potential future for electronics in which individual molecules serve as switches and transistors."

The Future Ladies and Gentlemen.


Ozkirbas said...

The future seems a little hazy. HEY-OH!

Matt Lindeboom said...

Three points!