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molecular knot

WOVEN TOGETHER  A new molecular knot (representation shown) is the most complex one ever described. It forms a triple braid, with iron ions (silvery-blue) and a chloride ion (green) guiding the formation.

better batteries

POWERING THE FUTURE  New chemistries and designs promise to take batteries into the 21st century to store energy from solar and wind farms and send energy to homes and businesses.

icosahedron

HYDROGEN HUDDLE  Scientists produced negatively charged clusters of hydrogen in the lab. Hydrogen molecules made up of two hydrogen atoms (pairs of silver spheres) surround a negatively charged hydrogen ion (red sphere). The molecules arrange into an icosahedron, a shape with 12 vertices.

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