May 31, 2013 AT 6:40 am

First-ever high-resolution images of a molecule as it breaks and reforms chemical bonds

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First-ever high-resolution images of a molecule as it breaks and reforms chemical bonds.

Almost as clearly as a textbook diagram, this image made by a noncontact atomic force microscope reveals the positions of individual atoms and bonds, in a molecule having 26 carbon atoms and 14 hydrogen atoms structured as three connected benzene rings.

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