Fascinating images from all parts of science!

Although my job is writing about science — putting it into words — there are times when images can say so much more than words. I am not much of a photographer or graphic artist, so most of these images were provided by other people, who are credited in the captions when I can remember who they were.

Octahedral Packing

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The most efficient way to pack octahedra together (image by Salvatore Torquato). The best packing of tetrahedra is still unknown. From What's Happening in the Mathematical Sciences.

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