This garden blooms amazingly: there are hundreds of beautiful roses, tulips, lilies... But you can't see the petals, stems and leaves with the naked eye. All the "plants" are grown in a lab, and you have to look at them through a strong electronic microscope.
The scientist Wim Noorduin works at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. In the process of studying crystal structures, the researcher accidentally got beautiful objects like flowers. The most incredible thing is the they also grow! Not under sunlight, but thanks to chemical reactions of water, barium chloride and sodium silicate.
Manipulations with chemical ingredients which Wim Noorduin conducts to cultivate his "garden" largely reflect the processes of natural development of multicellular organisms. "For the past 200 years, scientists have been concerned about how complicated the organisms developed in nature can be. This project demonstrates variations that occur even with a small change in temperature or chemical composition," explains the researcher.
The study of crystal structures at nanoscale is not a sensation. However, the first serious scientific work turned into a real creative process with a stunning result.
I offer you to enjoy the samples of "microscopic flora":
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