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(Newsweek)   A student managed to snag a photograph of a single trapped atom, giving one of the most stunning scientific photos ever   ( newsweek.com) divider line
    More: Cool, Atom, Imperial College London, single atom, Russell Group, ion trap, Quantum mechanics, David Nadlinger, United Kingdom  
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2018-02-14 08:45:25 AM  
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2018-02-14 08:53:27 AM  
Needs more Ant-man
 
2018-02-14 08:53:29 AM  
Pffft, big deal, I take pictures of octillions of atoms all the time.
 
2018-02-14 09:00:54 AM  
"when I set off to the lab with camera and tripods one quiet Sunday afternoon, I was rewarded with this particular picture of a small, pale blue dot."

Deep man, deep.
 
2018-02-14 09:08:16 AM  
How'd he get so close to the leaders of the Derpocracy as to take a picture of their shared brains?
 
2018-02-14 09:09:33 AM  
One atom?  Pfft, I have way more than that.
 
2018-02-14 09:10:15 AM  

croesius: "when I set off to the lab with camera and tripods one quiet Sunday afternoon, I was rewarded with this particular picture of a small, pale blue dot."

Deep man, deep.


Artists depiction of a "Blue Dot"

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2018-02-14 09:11:02 AM  
Carl Sagan would be proud of his reference.
 
2018-02-14 09:12:14 AM  
I thought this was totally awesome. Really interesting to read about, actually.

Thanks subby!
 
2018-02-14 09:12:23 AM  
Seems kinda big for an atom.  Is this a Your-Mom atom?
 
2018-02-14 09:12:55 AM  

Mukster: Carl Sagan would be proud of his reference.


Why? Sagan was making a point about the context of humanity in the universe. How does this image compare to that?
 
2018-02-14 09:13:17 AM  
Don't look at the trap, Egon.
 
2018-02-14 09:13:32 AM  
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2018-02-14 09:13:54 AM  
Even though atom is alone he's positive despite the negative press
 
2018-02-14 09:14:45 AM  
Hey, that's where I left that. I recognize that atom.
 
2018-02-14 09:15:23 AM  
How soon before pics of a single lonely atom jacking it to mitosis porn videos? How soon?
 
2018-02-14 09:15:26 AM  
Either the scale they mention is way off, or there's a lot of uncertainty going on.
given that the trap is 2mm across, that dot is probably a few tens of microns across.
 
OOF
2018-02-14 09:15:48 AM  
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2018-02-14 09:16:13 AM  
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"Up and at them!"
 
2018-02-14 09:16:22 AM  

orclover: Seems kinda big for an atom.  Is this a Your-Mom atom?


you beat me while I was mentally mathtubating
 
2018-02-14 09:16:59 AM  
Small Blue Thing-Suzanne Vega
Youtube PBFG372HsW8
 
2018-02-14 09:17:31 AM  
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2018-02-14 09:19:37 AM  
But can he correctly guess the number of molecules in Leonard Nimoy's butt?
 
2018-02-14 09:21:07 AM  

ThatGuyOverThere: Either the scale they mention is way off, or there's a lot of uncertainty going on.
given that the trap is 2mm across, that dot is probably a few tens of microns across.


it's a picture of the light given off. If that was a pic of matter it would be billions of atoms probably.
 
2018-02-14 09:21:15 AM  

ThatGuyOverThere: Either the scale they mention is way off, or there's a lot of uncertainty going on.
given that the trap is 2mm across, that dot is probably a few tens of microns across.


Is it four tens?  Because that's be terrible.
 
2018-02-14 09:21:25 AM  

ThatGuyOverThere: Either the scale they mention is way off, or there's a lot of uncertainty going on.
given that the trap is 2mm across, that dot is probably a few tens of microns across.


The article speaks of it absorbing light form a laser and re-emitting it, so it would perhaps be blown up the way a powerful light source tends to be in long exposure photographs. It's one hell of an amount of wattage to pass through a single atom's electron shells I guess, but that would seem to explain things a bit at least.
 
2018-02-14 09:22:28 AM  
I'm sure he will find love.
 
2018-02-14 09:22:46 AM  
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2018-02-14 09:23:03 AM  
Definitely the most stunning scientific photo ever taken. Because the most stunning photo ever taken was Jennifer Lawrence naked.
/simple man
//simple tastes
 
2018-02-14 09:23:40 AM  
David Nerdlinger? Article clearly a fake
 
2018-02-14 09:24:46 AM  

TofuTheAlmighty: But can he correctly guess the number of molecules in Leonard Nimoy's butt?


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2018-02-14 09:26:44 AM  

RoomFullOfMonkeys: Mukster: Carl Sagan would be proud of his reference.

Why? Sagan was making a point about the context of humanity in the universe. How does this image compare to that?


Scale.  Structures from quanta to galactic superclusters approach fractality.
 
2018-02-14 09:28:27 AM  
Interesting, but I think this is going to be one of those articles that, 3 days from now, comes with a "Yeah, about that" Fark headline.
 
2018-02-14 09:29:09 AM  
Yes, but how fast was it going?
 
2018-02-14 09:30:33 AM  
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It's a sign, that little blue dot. It means something really heavy. It means there's no more telly; it's time to go to bed.
 
2018-02-14 09:33:11 AM  

TofuTheAlmighty: But can he correctly guess the number of molecules in Leonard Nimoy's butt?


He was off by three.
 
2018-02-14 09:36:09 AM  
That's odd to see a single atom trapped, usually you're not trapped until you're married.
 
2018-02-14 09:39:13 AM  
That atom looks fat.
 
2018-02-14 09:41:03 AM  
Soon, they'll be able to take a picture of subby's penis.

/see, it's really small
 
2018-02-14 09:45:50 AM  

Bondith: TofuTheAlmighty: But can he correctly guess the number of molecules in Leonard Nimoy's butt?

He was off by three.


But he still won the first place grand prize
 
2018-02-14 09:47:42 AM  
I once photographed a Higgs Boson Particle trying to arrest those pesky Duke Boys but they Yee-hawed and jumped a ramp out of the electron microscope, leaving Higgs shaking his meaty microfist at the clouds.
 
2018-02-14 09:51:17 AM  

chasd00: ThatGuyOverThere: Either the scale they mention is way off, or there's a lot of uncertainty going on.
given that the trap is 2mm across, that dot is probably a few tens of microns across.

it's a picture of the light given off. If that was a pic of matter it would be billions of atoms probably.


It said it was a time lapse photo so my thought was, even though the atom was trapped, it was still bouncing around in the trap and he caught the reflected light from many locations.

King of like these:
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2018-02-14 09:51:18 AM  

RoomFullOfMonkeys: Mukster: Carl Sagan would be proud of his reference.

Why? Sagan was making a point about the context of humanity in the universe. How does this image compare to that?


You think it's obvious this picture has nothing to do with the context of humanity in the universe??
 
2018-02-14 09:52:19 AM  

GRCooper: Soon, they'll be able to take a picture of subby's penis.

/see, it's really small


It just has to be glowing brightly enough...
 
2018-02-14 09:54:52 AM  

tommyl66: That's odd to see a single atom trapped, usually you're not trapped until you're married.


Or otherwise entangled.
 
2018-02-14 09:55:59 AM  

itcamefromschenectady: GRCooper: Soon, they'll be able to take a picture of subby's penis.

/see, it's really small

It just has to be glowing brightly enough...


Hold still while I adjust the laser...
 
2018-02-14 09:56:41 AM  

Bovine Diarrhea Virus: Definitely the most stunning scientific photo ever taken. Because the most stunning photo ever taken was Jennifer Lawrence naked.
/simple man
//simple tastes


But was she held between two electrodes and vibrating slightly?
 
2018-02-14 09:59:02 AM  

Prof. Frink: Bovine Diarrhea Virus: Definitely the most stunning scientific photo ever taken. Because the most stunning photo ever taken was Jennifer Lawrence naked.
/simple man
//simple tastes

But was she held between two electrodes and vibrating slightly?


She was holding two vibrators and kinda glowing.
 
2018-02-14 10:04:36 AM  
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Not as cool as my play-doh model of the earth and its layers, but I guess I'll just have to respectfully disagree with the judges.
 
2018-02-14 10:14:09 AM  
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Is he an ugly bag of mostly water?
 
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