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Jan 7 (Reuters) - U.S. scientists have found a way to levitate the very smallest objects using the strange forces of quantum mechanics, and said on Wednesday they might use it to help make tiny nanotechnology machines.
They said they had detected and measured a force that comes into play at the molecular level using certain combinations of molecules that repel one another.
The repulsion can be used to hold molecules aloft, in essence levitating them, creating virtually friction-free parts for tiny devices, the researchers said.
Originally posted by soficrow
Good find. S&F
...I don't mean to be disrespectful, but this sounds just like the old majic tricks using magnets to 'levitate' objects...
The team, including researchers at the National Institutes of Health, has not yet levitated an object
"This is an experiment we are sure will work," he said.