As science develops new devices for studying the world humanity as a collective gains a new way of looking at the world.
The European XFEL – X-ray Free-Electron Laser – is one such facility, allowing scientists to photograph molecules, in real-time 3D of course. This allows scientists for the first time to capture chemical reactions taking place, reactions too fast for previous technologies. This is a very big window to the world of the hyper small, nano.
XFEL may never be as well-known as CERN and they’re headline grabbing antics, but it will make an important contribution to science none the less.