August 29, 2012

CalTech’s Virus Weighing Machine

CalTech’s virus weighing machine.

It can measure the mass of a single molecule; it can measure the mass of a virus or protein.
The device—which is only a couple millionths of a meter in size—consists of a tiny, vibrating bridge-like structure. When a particle or molecule lands on the bridge, its mass changes the oscillating frequency in a way that reveals how much the particle weighs.

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