PHOTOS: Lab-Made Curvy Crystals Mimic Nature

PHOTOS: Lab-Made Curvy Crystals Mimic Nature
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A "harlequin" biomorph made of silica seems to dance across a field of lavender in an image released in January 2009.

The unusual structure is among the first curved crystals to be created without biological chemicals, scientists announced in January 2009.

In animals such as corals and insects, proteins help various minerals form into rounded crystals to make shells, bones, and exoskeletons.

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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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