Believe it or not, the beautiful flower shapes you see below can only be viewed under a microscope, and they’re small enough to grow on the face of a coin. These unbelievable creatures are the works of Harvard University postdoctoral researcher Wim Noorduin and Harvard chemistry professor Joanna Aizenberg. The pair set out to sculpt crystal on a micro-sized level by manipulating its surrounding conditions.
By using a combination of chemicals, the latest in lab techniques and optical technologies, the two scientists managed to find beauty in the most unlikely conditions. Who said science has no artistic value?
Find out more about the making of these crystal nano flowers here.