A crystalline tulip, grown by the Harvard scientists
False-color scanning electron microscope images of some of the crystalline flowers
The flowers have been grown on the surface of glass slide, metal blades and even a penny
When we think of crystals, most of us probably either picture spiky things like snowflakes, or cube-shaped objects like grains of sugar. Researchers from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, however, have recently coaxed barium carbonate crystals to grow into very miniature replicas of soft, curved flowers.
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