This year the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics will go to Brit, Peter W. Higgs and Belgian, Francios Englert for their work on the theory of the Higgs Boson; a particle invisible to the human eye that is thought to give matter mass. This time 100 years ago, a British father-son duo William Henry Bragg and William Lawrence Bragg were blasting salt crystals with x-rays. This allowed them to see something else the human eye cannot, the atomic structure of the salt, and two years later they were also awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.
Blasting crystals with x-rays to work out their atomic structure is a technique called X-ray Crystallograhy. This has had a profound impact on many areas of science since it was developed, from molecular biology to mineralogy, and in celebration of 100 years of this the RI Channel have produced this wonderful animation.
Remember, investigating the incredibly small, although rather difficult, can bring incredibly large rewards!
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