I don’t want to get all High School Biology Teacher on you, but This. Blows. My. Mind.
It’s a pentacene molecule. 22 carbon atoms. 14 hydrogen atoms. Smaller than I can even comprehend. And, for someone who spent two hours a day in science classes throughout college, surprisingly breathtaking.
Not because it’s so small. And certainly not because it’s a clear picture, or because of the technology involved.
It’s breathtaking because it’s exactly the way we always thought it would look. Five circles of atoms, hooked together in the same way as my Organic Chemistry 201 textbook.
But seriously. THOSE ARE ATOMS. IN A PICTURE.
(Via Make the Logo Bigger. Funny how I learned about a major breakthrough in science from an ad blog.)