molecular FSM

Published January 15th, 2009 by Bobby Henderson
Microscopic fibers coil together – photo cred. Aizenberg/Harvard. click for more.

What at first resembles a sea anemone clasping two pearls is really a micrometer-scale construct created through a new technique devised at Harvard University.

To make these objects, materials science professor Joanna Aizenberg, applied math professor L. Mahadevan, and colleagues fabricate an array of hairlike, epoxy fibers poking up from a substrate, which they then submerge in a liquid such as ethanol or tolulene. As the liquid evaporates, capillary forces cause the flexible hairs to clump and then twist together.

The ropelike structures formed can themselves twine with other ropes. “The process is similar to the formation of dreadlocks” from wet, curly hair, Aizenberg explains.

Sea anemone clasping pearls?

The above photo/excerpt came from Chemical & Engineering News.

16 Responses to “molecular FSM”

  1. Wdabrock says:

    Even at the microscopic level, His Noodliness is everywhere!

  2. Aesi says:


  3. Charles says:

    We are blessed by The Flying Spaghetti Monster with Science!!!!

  4. lilwench says:

    Arrrgh, it be photographic evidence of Our Noodly Master. What other religion has a genuine photograph of its deity?

  5. J. Lee says:

    This be the most clear evidence that the FSM created the world!

  6. Sir Franklin The Noodler says:


  7. StJason says:

    Truly, how can anybody refute this evidence of His Noodly Almightyness??

  8. Benny The Ball says:

    That settles it.

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