Aug 28, 2009

The First Molecular Photo

The real trouble with small things is they're hard to see, and nearly two hundred years of technological advancement has finally afforded us the opportunity to do more with cameras than upload photos of drunken, naked coeds. As Jack Loftus goes on to write:

That B&W structure is an actual image of a molecule and its atomic bonds. The first of its kind, in fact, and a breakthrough for the crazy IBM scientists in Zurich who spent 20 straight hours staring at the "specimen"—which in this case was a 1.4 nanometer-long pentacene molecule comprised of 22 carbon atoms and 14 hydrogen atoms.

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