Using laser tweezers, chemists nudged two atoms to bond

It’s the first time chemists have manipulated two atoms to create a compound

illustration of two atoms

GETTING TOGETHER  For the first time, researchers have picked out two specific atoms and smashed them into each other (as suggested in this artist's conception) to form a single molecule.


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