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Using a high-resolution system called electron tomography, researchers probed a tiny sample of kerogen to determine its internal structure. At left, the sample as seen from the outside, and at right, the detailed 3-D image of its internal pore structure. Image: Courtesy of the researchers

Structure of fossil-fuel source rocks is finally decoded

For the first time, MIT scientists and elsewhere have captured three-dimensional images of kerogen’s internal structure. These images ought to permit more precise expectations of how much...