IBM super-quiet room
IBM has just finished building new noise-free labs at its Binnig and Rohrer Nanotechnology Center in Zurich, Switzerland. The labs are designed to keep out vibrations, audio and radio noise, and magnetic fields so atomic-scale structures can be studied.
Humans are too hot and cause too many vibrations to be in the same room as a super-precise transmission electron microscope, so IBM Research runs it by remote control. A video camera lets researchers keep an eye on equipment, and patterned baffles absorb sound.
October 18, 2013 8:14 AM PDT
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