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Titan 80-300 Cubed – The microscope that makes tiny structures look like mountain ranges

Canada’s McMaster University has received a stunning new piece of equipment – the world’s most powerful electron microscope. The Titan 80-300 Cubed microscope was built in the Netherlands and has been installed in the new Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy, at the university in Hamilton. With this microscope, scientists can now easily identify atoms, measure their chemical state, and even probe the electrons that bind them together. This new microscope pushes the very limits of physics to peer into the smallest of known particles, making even surface structures of only nanometers high look like mountain ranges. The university said the microscope would be used to help produce lighting that is more efficient and better solar cells, study proteins and drug-delivery materials to target cancers.

The Titan 80-300 Cubed costs approx $15-million, and will not be featured on eBay if you fancy it. It says the microscope will also be used to help create lighter and stronger automotive materials, more effective cosmetics, and higher density memory storage for faster electronic and telecommunication devices.

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October 24, 2008 - Posted by | News, raw art gallery, Technology, Uncategorized | ,

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