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100 million times closer to the meat of the matter

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  • Science never ceases to amaze. I am always wondering what the next major advancements will be in different fields and this seems to be an “out of nowhere” breakthrough, exciting nonetheless.

  • Steve Page

    Keep in mind though that this device is not like a conventional MRI scanner. It is not intended for a hospital setting. You’re not going to sit in a tube and have your nasty little nano-bits examined by this device

    It is promising though, Bob, more due to the scale of the leap than anything. The poor resolution of fMRI brain scans is a bit of a bugbear of mine, so I hope that that is at least on the ‘to do’ list of someone somewhere.

  • DLC

    One of the ultimate in cool developments!
    We can take out a few molecules of Bob’s Brain and see how the pieces fit together !

    Now, if only we could image an entire brain at this level of detail instead of just a few molecules. Still, you have to admit, it’s a big step forward.

  • pzeimet

    I’m always surprised that a news story like this doesn’t make the top stories of the day. This kind of breakthrough is not only scientifically & medically significant, it’s also interesting and positive.

  • irishjazz

    This sounds a lot like the device they developed that enabled them to spell out IBM with silicon atoms.

  • Chris Noble

    This sounds a lot like the device they developed that enabled them to spell out IBM with silicon atoms.

    You are right it is based on atomic force microscopy which can already give the same structural information at the same resolution as this technique.

    The key advantage of this technique is the addition of magnetic resonance which can give chemical information. This means that in addition to getting the overall shape of the virus or whatever you can identify which molecules are where.

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