At Brookhaven, we actually do love science, and we also really dig the data images science produces. Like this one, where a metallic alloy of platinum, iridium, and strontium formed an accidental heart.
The familiar shape was a chance discovery made when scientists examined the atomic-scale structure of the custom-made material. Each of those red dots is an individual atom pinpointed with a scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) at our Center for Functional Nanomaterials. Way down on the nanoscale color doesn’t actually exist, so physicist Dong Su added the red to bring out the romance.