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    • Virginia Stevenson

      Taken by scientists Sung Hoon Kang, Boaz Pokroy and Joanna Aizenberg, from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the photograph offers an astonishing view of something we take for granted every day: plastic. The image, captured with a high-powered electron microscope camera, shows microscopic plastic fibers that measure just 250 nanometers in diameter (1/500th of a human hair) as they wrap around a plastic green sphere. The image won first prize at the International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge.

    • Gary Penn

      Tiny plastic fibres, each with a diameter of 250 nm, spontaneously wrapped around a plastic ball when they were immersed in an evaporating liquid. The finding demonstrates a new way of controlling the self-assembly of polymer hairs. The image was produced with a scanning electronic microscope and was digitally enhanced for colour. Sung Hoon Kang, Boaz Pokroy and Joanna Aizenberg, Harvard University.

    • Conny León

      The photo was taken through an electron microscope and shows hairlike fibres of epoxy resin assembling around a polystyrene sphere about 2 microns in diameter. They hope to use the hair-like fibers to create more energy-efficient materials. Created by Sung Hoon Kang, Joanna Aizenberg, and Boaz Pokroy from Harvard University.

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