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Some Fundamental Interactions of Matter Found to be Fundamentally Different Than Thought


July 2, 2008

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When an atom collides with a molecule, traditional wisdom said the atom had to strike one end of the molecule hard to deliver energy to it. People thought a glancing blow from an atom would be useless in terms of energy transfer, but that turns out not to be the case. "We have a new understanding of how energy can be transferred in collisions at the molecular scale," said Richard Zare of Stanford University.Full Story

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