How cool is this? Instead of using mass spectrometry to measure the mass of large numbers of ionized molecules, scientists at Caltech have invented a device (shown above under a scanning electron microscope) that can measure the mass of ONE MOLECULE. Directly. The "nanoelectromechanical system resonator" is only 2 microns in length, and uses vibrational frequencies to identify the mass of a molecule that lands on it. - LINK
Randall Munroe of xkcd fame has outdone himself with his new "What if?" segment. I love that he uses math to actually calculate what we all (well, at least all us science nerds) are thinking. In this particular one, he postulates what a mole of the little furry animals would look like. It gets gloriously "gruesome." - LINK
On another note, what if I actually am able to keep up with this blog thing throughout the year?
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