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Discovery - Video

A video of a 3-D curved crystalline structure.


This video shows colloidal beads (bright dots) that have assembled themselves on a liquid droplet to form a 3-D curved crystalline structure. The positive electric charges cause the beads to repel each other, leading them to arrange themselves naturally in a honeycomb pattern with each particle equally distant from six others.

Credit: William Irvine, University of Chicago

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