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'Touching' microscope

This type of microscope is unique because it 'touches' objects rather than looks at them. Even better, its probe can be used to pick up single atoms and move them around. It was made in 1985 and it's the world's first atomic force microscope.

Source: T R Albrecht
Inv. No. 1993-675

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World's first atomic force microscope.
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