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cryoARM300 has found its new home

on 6th of April as a fine piece of art the microscope was delivered to VUB grounds  by Crown Fine Art transporter company.

in two large trucks

carefully unloaded and moved into the just finished EM building 

column, the heart of the microscope is packed into the box Nr1. Of course!

it looks beautiful

many, many boxes

and more boxes

Many thanks to coordinated efforts of Crown Fine Art, JEOL and VUB infrastructure teams for making the microscope delivery a great success!

And for having very nice spring weather to whoever is in charge…

Ready to receive cryoARM300

By 6th of April the EM building is completed enough to receive cryoARM300. The decoration works in the control room and facade are to be finished still, but they will not interfere with the assembly of the microscope.

We would like to thank VUB infrastructure department and builders for managing to finish all the essential works on time!

Synthetic molecular machines win Nobel!

The 2016 Nobel Prize in chemistry goes to three scientists that created the first human-made molecular machines!

molecular-machines-nobel

Recognition of the potential molecular machines have for the future technology and research is an important milestone.  It  will provide support to the research filed with new engineered molecular machines to come.

Molecular machines are widespread in nature: most of the critical processes in the living organisms are facilitated by biological molecular machines our understanding of which is still limited.  I believe that it is the combination of our ability in making more and more complex molecular machines on one hand and deeper understanding of the complexity of the biological molecular machines on the other  will eventually lead to development of the true nanorobots capable of performing sophisticated and controlled processes on molecular scale.

One day hypothetical Maxwell daemon  will become a reality in the service to a humankind.

How to get new ideas?

An essay of Isaac Asimov is published in MIT technology review titled “How do people get new ideas?“.

A remarkable idea of requirements for creativity is well expressed by the following paragraph:

“Probably more inhibiting than anything else is a feeling of responsibility. The great ideas of the ages have come from people who weren’t paid to have great ideas, but were paid to be teachers or patent clerks or petty officials, or were not paid at all. The great ideas came as side issues.”