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Sophisticated Nano-structures Assembled With Magnets
February 18, 2009
As shapes in the natural world, Saturn and flowers are similar. Now, at the nanoscale, researchers from Duke University and the University of Massachusetts have created a unique set of conditions in which tiny particles within a solution will consistently assemble themselves into these and other complex shapes.
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