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Huge Advancement in MRI Tech Captures Teeny Molecules With Incredible Resolution

The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines in hospitals are great at creating pictures of the human body. For decades, scientists have hoped that the same technology could be used to examine much smaller things, like individual molecules. Now, a team from Canada and the United States has revealed a new, high-resolution MRI method with resolutions down to two nanometres, the width of a DNA strand. Read More >>

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Behold: The Tightest Knot Ever

A team of scientists from the University of Manchester has successfully created a 192-atom, eight-crossing knot that paves the way for exciting new materials. Measuring 20 millionths of a millimetre across, the knot braids molecular strands together in a tighter formation than ever before, as reported today in the journal Science. Read More >>

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Our Best View Yet of Molecules Moving Inside Living Cells

A new microscope developed by the Marine Biological Laboratory in Chicago is allowing scientists track the position and orientation of individual molecules in living cells. It has the potential to reveal unknown aspects of molecular behaviour, including those that turn cells into agents of disease. Read More >>

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New Imaging Technique Shows How Complex Molecules Buck and Twist

It’s becoming gradually easier to see what molecules look like up close, but seeing how their shape changes in real-time is still incredibly hard. Now, a new technique allows scientists to see how molecules change their shape over the course just trillionths of a second. Read More >>

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Can Atoms Ever Touch?

There's a very commonly held view that atoms can never touch: bring them together slowly, and you reach a point where they begin to repel. But in this video, Professor Philip Moriarty explains that really isn't the case. Read More >>

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How Many Water Molecules Does It Take to Make Ice?

You might think that sounds like a dumb question: why does it matter how many molecules there are, they just need to be cold enough, right? Wrong: you need enough to make the complex crystal structure that you see so clearly in snow flakes—and now scientists have worked out exactly how many that is. Read More >>

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Insanely Strong Molecular Glue, Inspired by Flesh-Eating Bacteria

If you've ever stuck your fingers together with super glue, you know pain. But imagine sticking them together with glue that bonds materials at the molecular level: that's real pain. It's also what scientists are doing, with the help of flesh-eating bacteria. Read More >>

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The World’s Smallest Car Is a Single Molecule

Think the Smart car was too small to squeeze your lardy rear-end into? You're in for a whole new world of pain, because the smallest working car has been built — and it's just one molecule in size. Read More >>