Scientists capture video of atoms bonding and separating for first time


For the first time ever, scientists have managed to capture video of two atoms bonding and separating on a scale that is half-a-million times thinner than a human hair.

Through the use of “advanced microscopy methods”, researchers from the University of Ulm in Germany and University of Nottingham in the UK managed to show the phenomenon as two atoms bond, then split up.

The atoms were between 0.1 and 0.3 nanometres, (1,000 millionths of a metre) – making capturing it difficult.