Science Mystery Photo: Are these the pages of an ancient book? Flaming rivulets of lava? Go ahead and take a wild guess.
Hint: These are extraordinarily efficient assembly lines producing up to 31,000 “products” per second or 2.7 billion per day! The special arrangement seen in the photos increases the surface area of the “factories” by 20 fold, with optimum spacing for maximum efficiency.
Cool Fact: The products of this factory are released by a mechanism known as surface tension catapult, achieving speeds of 1.8 m per sec, although they only need to be ejected about 1 mm or so.
Shhh! Do you already know what this is? Don’t be a spoilsport, be a fun guy (or gal!). Share an interesting fact about it in the comments. We’ll all be wiser in the end.
Photo credits: Brian J. Kelly, Kip Taylor-Brown and Claudio Pia