The continuing protests have now apparently spread to Sudan, Indonesia, and Malaysia. In Sudan they’ve stormed the German embassy and replaced the flags with Muslim banners.
Again … all of this is over a crappy low-budget video insulting Islam. Nice to see an increasing number of people think that the best way to react to a film stereotyping their religion is to provide enough material for an entire line of sequels and perhaps a video game.
Anyway, screw this. Have some science.
A pioneering team from IBM in Zurich has published single-molecule images so detailed that the type of atomic bonds between their atoms can be discerned.
The same team took the first-ever single-molecule image in 2009 and more recently published images of a molecule shaped like the Olympic rings.
The new work opens up the prospect of studying imperfections in the “wonder material” graphene or plotting where electrons go during chemical reactions.
Sometimes the articles I post speak well enough on their own without much comment. This image was made, in part, using a “needle” made of a carbon monoxide molecule. This needle was passed over the hydrocarbon molecule, and an image was created based on the minuscule vibrations in response to the presence of either the atoms or the atomic bonds.
The images show just how long the atomic bonds are, and the bright and dark spots correspond to higher and lower densities of electrons.
Together, this information reveals just what kind of bonds they are – how many electrons pairs of atoms share – and what is going on chemically within the molecules.
A few months ago I write about these same scientists showing an image of the electron charge distribution of a molecule. Every year we move closer to being able to peer into the atomic scale to gain a fuller understanding of the natural world.
I was friends with a young Christian lady who used to work in our rental office. When she found out I was an atheist she asked me something along the lines of, “so everything we see … this entire world … this is it? There’s nothing else?”
I look at images like the one above … or marvel at NASA’s astronomy picture of the day and think to myself, “This isn’t enough?”