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Atom Hauler: Molecular rig snags multi-atom loads

A molecule with a knack for picking up and delivering atoms may prove a useful tool for atomic-scale construction.

Scientists in France and Germany who created and tested the molecule say that it and similar custom-made structures might aid tasks such as building molecular-scale circuitry, depositing arrays of atom clusters with special optical or magnetic properties, and cleaning up debris on nanoconstruction sites.

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