Scientists have captured the world’s first image of a single molecule, and it is…kind of blurry. But still really cool, on principle.
The image was captured by a team at IBM Research Zurich, which used a super powerful atomic force microscope to get a glimpse of a single carbon monoxide molecule. The team, which made headlines earlier this year when they precisely measured the charge of a single atom, has managed to get so close this time that the lines in the middle of the picture represent the individual chemical bonds holding the molecule together.
Which is great, because now, instead of just theorizing about what’s happening to matter on a molecular level via plastic models, we can keep an eye on it. Make sure it’s not getting up to anything suspicious.
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