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May 29th, 2005
... physicists have found ways to create extremely short flashes of laser light, which they can use like strobe lamps to "freeze" atomic motions. It's like photographing a 100 mph baseball as it nears home plate, only a billion billion (or a quintillion) times faster.
"We are opening a new field of science," Ray Orbach, director of the Office of Science at the Department of Energy, told the House Science Committee in April. "Just ask the pharmaceutical industry what they could do with a machine that shows them how the chemical bond forms during a chemical reaction."
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