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15 February 2010 University of Birmingham

3D Atomic Love

The Valentine card, made of pure palladium, is only 8 nanometers in size
The Valentine card, made of pure palladium, is only 8 nanometers in size.
Image Credit: University of Birmingham.

It's Valentine's day - and they say that the best presents come in small packages.

Scientists at Birmingham University's Nanoscale Physics Research Lab have taken this message to heart - their Valentine card, made of pure palladium, is only 8 nanometres in size; you can even see the atoms. Making the card was also a work of love; clusters of palladium atoms bonded together on the surface of carbon and spontaneously arranged themselves into the world's smallest heart.

Source: University of Birmingham /...

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