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Probing the Nanoscale

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Science  09 Apr 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5975, pp. 183-184
DOI: 10.1126/science.1186023

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Measurement probes to determine nanomechanical properties are confirming long-held beliefs, revealing new phenomena, and enabling commercialization of devices based on micro- and nano-electromechanical systems (MEMS and NEMS). The resistance of materials and structures to the complete range of deformation modes—reversible, irreversible, and time-dependent—can now be measured with great accuracy, precision, and spatial resolution.