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October 31, 2012
Scientists have created new kinds of particles, 1/100th the diameter of a human hair, that spontaneously assemble themselves into structures resembling molecules made from atoms. These new particles self-assemble in patterns that were previously impossible to make. They hold promise for manufacturing advanced optical materials and ceramics.
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