Feb 08, 2015 – [Sunday] WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale

Photo taken on November 12, 2013

I might have cheated a bit on today’s challenge, since the photo was not taken with a conventional camera, but with a microscope. On top of that, it isn’t even a conventional light microscope, but one that functions based on atomic interactions and laser signals. However, given the circumstances of my profession, nothing expresses scale better than an atomic force microscopic image of arrays of peptide “nanodonuts”, each with a diameter of 150 nm (that is 0.00000015 metres). Don’t try to publish this, it’s a failed experiment, and it isn’t the most groundbreaking image ever or anything. In any case, my work revolves around the word SMALL. If it ain’t small, it ain’t interesting. Ten years stuck in nanotechnology and I’m still somehow surviving in this field. They say we’re on the cutting edge but a clever ex-classmate said we’re on the bleeding edge. Can’t say she’s wrong…

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