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The Molecular Olympics

The creation of well-known macroscopic objects in molecular form is something that usually leads me to mutter under my breath and roll my eyes. Every now and then, a paper or a press release will herald the synthesis of a molecular ‘X’, where X = pretzel, wheelbarrow, car, tie fighter (yes, really), and so on — I’m not going to link to these, your favourite search engine will do you proud if you really want to know more about these things. In some cases, if you tilt your head to one side and perhaps squint a bit, you can maybe understand the analogy; and admittedly, sometimes the analogy is one of function rather than form. Because of a certain major sporting event that is happening in London at the moment, however, I’m going to make an exception — and be slightly less grumpy about such things. 


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