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IBM Research's nanoMRI microscope - Comments

Chris Roberts's Avatar Comment 1 by Chris Roberts

Wow, this is awesome.

Normally I wouldn't believe something that I first saw on youtube, but posting it here and publishing in PNAS gives credibility in my eyes.

Is there anything (natural) we won't be able to see with this thing?

Wed, 14 Jan 2009 11:50:00 UTC | #304240

Jamie V's Avatar Comment 2 by Jamie V

Being a scientist must be tough - you think you're doing okay, then someone does something astounding and you have to learn a whole lot of new information.

Wed, 14 Jan 2009 11:53:00 UTC | #304245

Jabee8's Avatar Comment 3 by Jabee8


Science saves! hehe...

Wed, 14 Jan 2009 11:53:00 UTC | #304246

zeroangel's Avatar Comment 4 by zeroangel

One step closer to immortality. Or, at least, prolonging human life to "unnatural" levels.

Wed, 14 Jan 2009 11:59:00 UTC | #304256

NewEnglandBob's Avatar Comment 5 by NewEnglandBob

"It was an itsy bitsy teeny weenie...."

"....detects the magnetic signal of the nucleii..."

That blows me away.

Wed, 14 Jan 2009 12:18:00 UTC | #304273

PaulJ's Avatar Comment 6 by PaulJ

A development as impressive as this deserves a professional voice-over...

Wed, 14 Jan 2009 12:50:00 UTC | #304297

kaiserkriss's Avatar Comment 7 by kaiserkriss

Jamie V #2

Yes, it can be tough being a Scientist, but learning new things is also part of the reward and drive that separates thinking people from those that just parrot others. BELIEVERS don't think for themselves and remain static in their thinking and get overtaken.

Think of Scientific development as an evolutionary process. jcw

Wed, 14 Jan 2009 12:58:00 UTC | #304306

Szymanowski's Avatar Comment 8 by Szymanowski


... alternates between attraction and opposion ...

... gah

Wed, 14 Jan 2009 12:58:00 UTC | #304307

Don_Quix's Avatar Comment 9 by Don_Quix


I'm pretty sure she said "attraction and repulsion", not opposion (whatever that is).

And the voice over sounds fine to me. You brits must not dig on the 'merican accent or something ;)

Wed, 14 Jan 2009 13:19:00 UTC | #304326

DoctorE's Avatar Comment 10 by DoctorE

We have come a long way since priests sprinkled the blood of a dead bird seven times on the sick eh.

Wed, 14 Jan 2009 13:28:00 UTC | #304334

kev_s's Avatar Comment 11 by kev_s

Maybe something that sensitive could detect god somewhere because certainly there's no evidence so far. :-)

Wed, 14 Jan 2009 14:16:00 UTC | #304390

Diacanu's Avatar Comment 12 by Diacanu

Ah, finally, an uplifting big juicy jolt forward in technology.


Bring it on.

More, more, more.

Wed, 14 Jan 2009 15:15:00 UTC | #304485

Galaxxian's Avatar Comment 13 by Galaxxian

Ugh that voice-over, made something awe inspiring a rather painful experience.

I wonder if this is limited to nano fine items or if it can isolate areas deep in a surrounding substrate.

Wed, 14 Jan 2009 15:42:00 UTC | #304523

Dr Doctor's Avatar Comment 14 by Dr Doctor


Institute of Broken Marriages.

Wed, 14 Jan 2009 20:45:00 UTC | #304894

bamboospitfire's Avatar Comment 15 by bamboospitfire

Making something 100,000,000 times better than it was is no mean feat. I am astonished.

Thu, 15 Jan 2009 02:16:00 UTC | #305211

Geysser's Avatar Comment 16 by Geysser

Oh,come on!God could do that,if asked through a prayer,couldn't he?

Thu, 15 Jan 2009 05:52:00 UTC | #305449

squinky's Avatar Comment 17 by squinky


The latter: items deep in the surrounding substrate (though much of nanotech makes use of surfaces). All that's required for imaging is an element with an odd atomic number, most commonly hydrogen atoms.

Thu, 15 Jan 2009 08:47:00 UTC | #305728

rebby's Avatar Comment 18 by rebby

A 100 million times greater resolution means 100 million times more data. I hope storage technology can keep pace with a breakthrough like this.

Thu, 15 Jan 2009 09:51:00 UTC | #305838

ridelo's Avatar Comment 19 by ridelo

Every time I read something like this Asimovs quote appears in my minds eye: "The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom."
I ask myself: "Who will win the race? Our cleverness or our stupidity?"

Thu, 15 Jan 2009 09:52:00 UTC | #305841

ff5167's Avatar Comment 20 by ff5167

Thu, 15 Jan 2009 10:01:00 UTC | #305852

robotaholic's Avatar Comment 21 by robotaholic

They could even see David Robertson's penis.

Thu, 15 Jan 2009 11:16:00 UTC | #305914

Dr. Strangegod's Avatar Comment 22 by Dr. Strangegod

This stands to impact Sam Harris and friends' fMRI work on belief and disbelief in the human brain as well. Imagine being able to distinguish between shades of belief by imaging the brain!

Thu, 15 Jan 2009 11:46:00 UTC | #305934

m 1 g's Avatar Comment 23 by m 1 g

Holy Shit

Thu, 15 Jan 2009 15:55:00 UTC | #306195

zimmyis's Avatar Comment 24 by zimmyis

Totally cool science, but I feel a bit sicky due to the narration... reminds me of Chandler's girlfriend in Friends... OH MY croscopy!

Thu, 15 Jan 2009 17:01:00 UTC | #306289

frederickfarrell's Avatar Comment 25 by frederickfarrell

Chaaaannnndler..... :)

I've been participating in 'Folding at Home' protein folding distributive computing program.( this technology make their work alot easier? hmmmm..I will check their website and see if it gets a mention.

Sun, 18 Jan 2009 03:45:00 UTC | #307941