Science Pants — explosives

The Science behind Science Pants: Explosives!

Our Explosives Collection features images of white powders that would look mundane to the naked eye, but when visualized using Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM), become beautiful! 

PLM is a way to observe both the optical and physical properties of crystals. This technique, also called polarizing microscopy, is used in many fields, including identifying suspicious white powders in forensic investigations, characterizing minerals in geology, and evaluating cartilage structure in medical applications.