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Models Present a New View of Nanoscale Friction
February 25, 2009
Friction is something we all experience, but at nanoscale--mere billionths of a meter--friction can be very damaging to devices made from only a small number of atoms or molecules, yet nano-level friction has not been well understood. In tomorrow's edition of the journal Nature, a team at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, explains how they used computer models to show that the basic laws of friction apply to large and nano-scale materials in similar ways.
University of Wisconsin, Madison
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