A Spoonful of Rainbow

I am constantly surprised by the beauty of nature in her different forms. Consider the white stuff called sugar which we consume daily. Table sugar is sucrose, which is formed by sticking two simpler sugars (fructose and glucose) together in a molecular structure consisting of 12 atoms of carbon, 22 atoms of hydrogen and 11 atoms of oxygen (C12H22O11). 

Under magnification, sugar crystals reveal an unexpected wonderland of colors due to the orderly arrangement of its molecules. Thus, unknown to most of us, a spoonful of sugar is truly a spoonful of crystalline rainbow. Now, that is sweet. 

Sugar crystals under polarized light microscope


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