X

This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

I agree
Learn More
Great Geek Gifts in the Technabob Shop! Follow Us: Subscribe | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
AWESOMER MEDIA SITES: THE AWESOMER | MIGHTYMEGA | 95OCTANE
Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob

Scientists Create World’s Smallest Olympic Rings

by Shane McGlaun
Advertisement

It appears that everyone is getting into the Olympic spirit, including scientific geeks at the Royal Society of Chemistry, IBM Research-Zurich and the University of Warwick. Working together, the team of scientists and researchers have created an imaged the smallest possible five-ring structure. The structure is about 100,000 times thinner than a human hair.

Since this is Olympic year, the scientists dubbed the molecule “olympicene.” The molecules were imaged using noncontact atomic force microscopy. The scientists used a combination of synthetic chemistry and state-of-the-art imaging techniques to create image you see here.

When the molecules clump together, they form a white powder that turns to an orange-yellow color as it is exposed to light. There was a bigger scientific reason for creating and taking an image of the molecule other than celebrating the Olympics. The olympicene molecule is said to be similar to that of graphene. Graphene has electric properties that make it interesting for potential use in electronics.

[via Futurity]

Deals in The Technabob Shop



Advertisement

More from Awesomer Media...

Diamond Select Toys Batman Classic Shakespeare Bust Bank

Diamond Select Toys Batman Classic Shakespeare Bust Bank

Hot Toys Star Wars Grand Moff Tarkin 1/6 Scale Action Figure

Hot Toys Star Wars Grand Moff Tarkin 1/6 Scale Action Figure

Rick and Morty Go to Bikini Bottom

Rick and Morty Go to Bikini Bottom

Samsung T5 Portable SSD

Samsung T5 Portable SSD

Volkswagen T-Roc Is a Compact Crossover, Not a Rap Star

Volkswagen T-Roc Is a Compact Crossover, Not a Rap Star

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Review: Luxury SUV Superhero

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Review: Luxury SUV Superhero