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great picture Anna!
> Re: Nanoflower Bouquet
> Here is the original image:
> I sort of like the bright blue version of this one
> any rate, it's the same picture. The image is of a
> nanoflower bouquet, which is actually a complex structure
> of silicon carbide nanowires grown from a vapor phase.
> The morphology of this thing can be precisely controlled
> by varying the growth conditions, which can result
> in all kinds of neat configurations. These particular
> structures were created at the Nanoscience Center
> at the University of Cambridge, UK, and the
> image was published in EMBO reports and can be found
> on www.nature.com.
I, personally, think this
> is absolutely amazing. The picture is incredibly beautiful,
> and it's just so striking that some tiny network of
> nanowires can create something that looks like a bouquet
> of flowers. People don't usually think of flowers
> as a "collection of tiny particles" or anything of
> the sort, and find that they are just aesthetically
> pleasing because they're in front of you and they're
> pretty. Whereas with this picture, you're looking
> at something that resembles a flower, but it's beautiful
> and captivating not only because it's a flower and
> it's pretty, but also because as a scientist, you
> become instantly fascinated with what this thing actually
> is and how it was created, and then come full circle
> to the realization that, "hey, it's kind of like a
> flower, and it's really pretty."
This is actually
> probably one of the coolest and most memorable pictures
> I've ever seen.
Dept. of Physics
NSF Program Director
(on assignment from the AIP and the Society of Physics Students to serve as the Robert Noyce Scholarship Program Director at the National Science Foundation)