Since they confirmed that Soldier: 76 is from Bloomington, IN (where my college is), our program wrote to Blizzard asking if he went to IU. Sadly he didn’t attend, but we DID get this sweet figurine in the mail!
This 5-fold symmetric cyclic molecule, called a macrocycle, has a positively charged central cavity that “captures” anions such as borates, chlorates, perchlorates, and phosphates. Pairs of cyanostars sandwich together, trapping the anion using their slightly concave shapes (not shown).
Designed at Indiana University Bloomington, the cyanostars have been shown to be able to be assembled into molecular structures called rotaxanes which resemble wheels and axles and act as simple molecular machines which can be manipulated by heat or light.
In the foreground of the image is a marker that, as of the 1910 Census, noted the exact population center of the United States located in Bloomington, where there were an equal number of people living North, South, East, and West, Bloomington, Indiana,
September 9, 1963