What Is It? #8

What Is It? #8

What Is It? #8

It’s that time of the week again – time for our What Is It? competition, courtesy of Prof. Dowling. Or at least, this week, it’s more of a Who Is It? The rest of the rules are the same, so tell us who/what you think this photo is.

Last week we showed you this photo, and asked you what it is. The answer? Pure gold atoms (as if there were any other type!).  The spacing between the gold atoms is 2 Angstroms (or 0.2 nm). They are not gold coloured due to the image having been taken with an electron microscope. Find out more on NanoNews-Now.

Not many of you attempted an answer this week. It was a difficult one, sure enough, and no-one quite got there in the end. The closest to the correct answer were probably Tom and Jon D, with graphite and crystal joints in metal respectively. Sorry, Stu, it wasn’t a stipple pad for artexing the ceiling, nor was it cake decorations on a biscuit tin lid, which was Jon D’s alternative offering! Better luck next time.


  1. #1 by Jon d on March 20, 2010 - 12:26

    An author of iffy self-help books? Maybe it’s Wayne Dyer.

  2. #2 by Mike on March 20, 2010 - 17:25

    They look like the squinty eyes of Ted Haggard to me.

  3. #3 by Andy Wilson on March 22, 2010 - 16:04

    Looks like Brian Dunning to me. Am I allowed to win?

  4. #4 by Marsh on March 22, 2010 - 16:36

    Both Andy and Mike could win, if either had the right answer.

    They do not.

    The quest continues.

  5. #5 by Andy Wilson on March 22, 2010 - 16:55

    Grrrrr! Thought I had it nailed

  6. #6 by Sophie on March 22, 2010 - 17:10

    Does look quite like Sting to me… It’s a lucky guess.

  7. #7 by Barra on March 24, 2010 - 09:12

    Is it GOD? He’s always watching ive heard, can’t really tell without seeing the beard!!

  8. #8 by Michael on March 29, 2010 - 20:05

    Is this a hint?

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