Monday, November 12, 2007

The Monday Molecule - Belgium Version





One of the features on my dad's blog, Sandwalk, is the Monday Molecule, where his readers have to guess the identity of a random molecule. This is the Beer with Chocolate Belgian-style Monday molecule! The game is that you not only have to identify this structure, but also the molecule from which it gets its shape.

To make it even easier, I'm posting multiple views of the structure.

12 comments:

Leslie said...

Atomium, Brussels
Built for the 1958 Brussels World Fair (Expo ’58), this 103-metre high structure represents a molecule of iron, magnified 165 billion times.
Nine 18-metre diameter steel spheres are linked by tubes which enclose escalators up to 35 metres long. Windows in the top sphere offer a panoramic view of Brussels. Some spheres house 1950s exhibitions. Initially planned for a life span of only six months, architect André Waterkeyn's design has lived on to become a popular tourist attraction and a Belgian landmark. It sits beside the King Baudouin Stadium in Heysel Park.

Jane said...

I forgot to mention that there is a prize associated with correctly identifying the Monday Molecule! Mom, you've won a lunch at the Hagen-Daaz in downtown Brussels, where the main feature is a chocolate fondue with a selection of ice cream dipping balls. You have 6 months to claim your prize. Congratulations!

Larry Moran said...

Jane,

You have to block comments for 24 hours. If you don't do this then it gives a huge advantage to some people who have nothing better to do with their time than to read their daughter's blog.

For not doing this you have just won a booby prize! Michael's mother-in-law will be coming to stay with you for six months!

Anonymous said...

In defence of your father.

Helen Beach said...

Hi Jane,
Please be informed that the prize really goes to your old aunt as it was I who explained the Monday molecule mystery to your mother early yesterday. You know my reputation as one who likes to share, and this goes for dessert and information. I am sure your mother will happily share the Hagen-Daaz with her sister when next we are in Brussels.
Congratulations Jane! Your hard work has paid off and we are so very proud of you.
Auntie Helen

calin said...

I need to check your blog more often than once a week if you keep posting contests with prizes : ) . I totally knew this one, dr. Dy drilled in my head the bcc structure. In fact there are quite a lot of metals with this structures (make your choice: tungsten, chromium, sodium ....) and some of them are way cooler than iron : ) .

calin said...

since you are up for quizzes, try this one:

http://www.nature.com/news/specials/climatepolitics/index.html#qui

it's only 17 questions, you'll like it, it's from a course taught by some berkley professor, "physics for presidents" : )

Jane said...

I've decided that due to the obvious confusion surrounding the prize, that everyone who who has already posted a comment or who will post a comment in this thread in the next 24 hours will be eligible to claim the prize - chocolate fondue with Hagen-Daaz ice cream in Belgium, redeemable for the next 6 monhts. I'm off to do Calin's quiz now.

Jane said...

Calin,

You made it sound like a fun little quiz, but I only got 2/17, which is really not very fun. :(

I wish they had this course at UNC though, I would have liked to be a TA for it.

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It looks like made of iron atoms :)