Not all crystals come out looking like diamonds or cubes. Some, like this crystal, resemble fractals. Lindsey Power, an undergraduate at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, found this fractal pattern, reminiscent of an Apollonian gasket, left behind in a beaker after crystallizing a compound she’d synthesized (4-nitro-1,3-diphenyl-1-butanone, structure shown). Power works in the lab of Daniel Chase and makes new fluorescent dyes using molecules like these.
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