View Full Version : 'Super-microscope' opens at Isis

Nov 11, 2008, 03:21 AM
The world's newest "super microscope" is fired up and ready to go.

The 200m second target station at Isis in Oxfordshire will allow scientists to see things 10,000 times thinner than a human hair.

The machine is known as a pulsed neutron source. But what does that actually mean?

Well, if you're a physicist curious to see how matter behaves when no-one is looking, then Isis is your private snoop.

If you're an engineer trying to make the hydrogen car a working reality, then Isis is your genie.

Want to see how spiders spin silk stronger than steel? Or peer into a newborn baby's lungs as they take their first breath? BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7686622.stm).


Nov 11, 2008, 03:51 AM
That's cool. I want to use it!

I've used a Scanning Electron Microscope and on a particularly eventful day in the lab I got some cool views of split hair end, a fly's eye, table salt and some dead skin from my peeling sunburn. I printed them and put them in the lunchroom. :D But a SEM doesn't even remotely compare to this, obviously.