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    [University of Victoria (BC)] scientists are learning how to use the new Scanning Transmission Electron Holography Microscope, or STEHM.

    The seven-tonne, 4.5-metre-tall microscope, with a footprint of six square metres, exposes subatomic objects at a magnification of up to 20 million times larger than what a human eye can see.

    It uses an electron beam and holography techniques to study surfaces and the insides of materials. Gold atoms have already been viewed at a resolution of 35 picometres — a pictometre is one trillionth of a metre — and Humphrey said the microscope will be able to reach higher resolutions.

    Question is, will it be able to detect the heart or brain of a TeaParty/GOP politician? snark

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