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Lou's Clues Lead to Nano Revelation

February 15, 2010

engineering graphic Jun Lou, an assistant professor in mechanical engineering and materials science, and his group have discovered that gold wires between three-billionths and 10-billionths of a meter wide weld themselves together quite nicely--without heat. Full Story

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