Is this Canada? This seems like Canada.
canuckistan is a really interesting place
Pulling Polymers Yields Insights into Mechanical Behavior
In collaboration with colleagues from Berlin and Madrid, researchers at the Department of Physics at the Univ. of Basel have pulled up isolated molecular chains from a gold surface, using the tip of an atomic force microscope (AFM). The observed signal provides insight into the detachment force and binding energy of molecules. The results have been published in the renowned scientific journal PNAS.
Atomic force microscopy is a method normally used for imaging matter with very high resolution. The sharp tip of the microscope is used to scan the surface line by line. The resolution is so high, that single atoms can be seen. “This method is roughly equivalent to using the tip of the Matterhorn to scan the surface of a tennis ball,” says Prof. Ernst Meyer of the Department for Physics at the Univ. of Basel. Because of an improved method, the scientists are now able to investigate the mechanical behavior of a single polymer being pulled off a surface.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/03/pulling-polymers-yields-insights-mechanical-behavior
I leave for 2 minutes to go get a stupid cheeseburger and this happens. God damn it.
Heading through The Great Glen