iPad app allows scientists to move molecules

iTweezers means a drag, pinch or swipe can manipulate real microscopic objects

Science dorks are edging ever closer to playing God, thanks to the might of the iPad. iTweezers, which lets a user control real lasers that – like a Star Trek tractor beam – move molecules at a microscopic level as easily as moving a homescreen icon.

The app’s creator, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu won a Nobel Prize in Physics for the invention. It simplifies an otherwise highly skilled process. Swipe a molecule on the screen and the level of radiation from an attached laser varies to pin-down or push about the tiny object. Now we just need to build a giant version and the world is our, bwarhaha!

Here’s how it works:


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