Atomic Van der Waals force measured for the first time – physicsworld.com

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Scientists in France are the first to make a direct measurement of the Van der Waals force between two atoms.The Van der Waals force between atoms, molecules and surfaces is a part of everyday life in many different ways. Spiders and geckos rely on it to walk up smooth walls, for example, and the force causes proteins inside our bodies to fold into complicated shapes.

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