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Old 08-29-2009, 10:50 PM
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Default Individual Molecule Seen For First Time

I believe the top image is the molecule made up if individual atoms, and the bottom image is a model of that molecule.





For the first time, IBM researchers in Zurich, Switzerland, have taken a 3D image of an individual molecule. Using an atomic force microscope, the researchers constructed a "force map" of pentacene, an organic molecule just 1.4 nanometers long. As the researchers explain, the technique is roughly analogous to how an x-ray machine images bones in the human body by looking through flesh. In this case, the scientists could look through the electron cloud and see the atomic backbone of the molecule. ...

http://www.physorg.com/news170685108.html