PHOTOS: Lab-Made Curvy Crystals Mimic Nature

PHOTOS: Lab-Made Curvy Crystals Mimic Nature
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Crystal expert Juan Manuel García-Ruiz, of the University of Granada in Spain, led the team that created the first non-biological curvy crystals in a lab.

In a January 2009 paper, he and colleagues dubbed the new forms biomorphs, because they mimic biological shapes. The researchers named the different types of structures they created based on their artistic impressions.

The "fiesta" biomorph seen above was likely named for its suggestion of party streamers.

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—Image courtesy Emilio Melero and Juan Manuel Garcia-Ruiz/Laboratorio de Estudios Cristalograficos (CSIC-Universidad de Granada)
 
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