iCandy: March 2010

IEEE Spectrum's monthly slideshow proves that a picture is worth a thousand bytes

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Image: Gerald Poirier
Appreciation of art—or at least the romantic notion of it—is based on loving something for its own sake rather than its utility. But the subject of this abstract piece—nickel nanowires set in a polymer matrix and magnified 2696 times—is actually functional. The image was one of hundreds of submissions to a monthly imagery contest accessible via Facebook and Flickr.
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