First-Ever Image of a Molecule (Million Times Smaller Than Grain of Sand)

Air Date: 08/31/2009
Source:
NBC Nightly News
Creator:
Brian Williams
Air/Publish Date:
08/31/2009
Event Date:
08/31/2009
Resource Type:
News Report
Copyright:
NBCUniversal Media, LLC.
Copyright Date:
2009
Clip Length:
00:00:33

In the summer of 2009, researchers at IBM release the first-ever image of a single molecule--a million times smaller than a grain of sand.

First-Ever Image of a Molecule (Million Times Smaller Than Grain of Sand)

BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor:

Normally you'd never see what we're about to show you because it's a photo of something so small it's never been photographed until now. But this is a single molecule, five interconnected rings of carbon and hydrogen atoms, about a million times smaller than a grain of sand, captured with state-of-the-art image photography by the guys at IBM.

By the way, it's a molecule of something called pentacene, chosen because its molecules are flat, therefore easier to keep in focus, and they seldom blink.

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