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Tenio Popmintchev

Tenio Popmintchev "is not intimidated by what might go wrong in an experiment," says adviser and mentor Henry Kapteyn.

Black Hole app

AIM FOR THE STARS  The objective of a new iPad game is to collide celestial objects together to grow a star so large that it collapses to form a black hole.

cesium atoms

MAMMOTH MOLECULES  Pairs of cesium atoms (illustrated) can be bonded together into molecules the size of bacteria, like the E. coli shown here for scale. The outermost electron in each atom has been boosted to high energy, creating a state known as a Rydberg atom (indicated by asterisks).

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