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Nanomaterials Up Close: Gum Arabic

This alien glob is a piece of gum arabic from the hardened sap of the Acacia tree, most likely collected from a tree in Sudan. Rox Middleton, from the University of Cambridge, explains how the electron microscope has changed the way we are able to interact with objects at the nanoscale, allowing us just to enjoy a glimpse of the exquisite abstract forms around us.

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