Some scientists from IBM have imaged a part of nature that none of us have ever seen before: a single molecule. It’s not just the simple beauty that arrested me, though. It’s the fact that we’ve managed to figure out a way to image something that’s one million times smaller than a grain of sand. And that, in order to do it, they had to replace the tip of their instrument with one molecule of carbon monoxide.
That’s right. To get a picture of a single molecule, scientists had to make an instrument just one molecule wide to measure it. Um…wow?