Oct 18, 2015 – [Sunday] WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Extra(ordinary)

Glasgow, Scotland, taken on various dates

For this week’s challenge, I decided to do what I did for a challenge a while back and post an image from my work with the atomic force microscope. It isn’t a typical optical image, but you can’t deny what the chemical instrument “sees” on the atomic scale, heh. In my work, experiments often fail and characterization becomes very mundane when you have to deal with plain, old, boring images of well…nothing. That’s why I always look forward to getting humourous images that resemble interesting objects, even if it meant that the experiment didn’t work. To me, at least that was a form of extraordinary “scientific art”, though I didn’t create it – I was discovering it. For example, the top image looks like a happy family of turtles that appeared after a failed solvent wash, and the bottom one is a top-down view of a volcano that is really a polycaprolactone film surface. My collection is growing – another proof that failure doesn’t have to be negative!

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