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Your finger can feel the change of a single atom in a material

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A swap of a single atom can change how a easy floor feels

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The human fingertip can distinguish between supplies which have minuscule chemical variations – even a substitution as small as a single atom.

Generally, what we feel with our fingers are bodily bumps in a material’s floor construction. Charles Dhong at the University of Delaware and his colleagues got down to discover whether or not it could be potential to feel a chemical distinction in which the inside molecular constructions of two supplies barely fluctuate however their surfaces are equally easy.

They did this by taking a …

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