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A Crystallographer’s New Year’s Poem

May you solve all your structures
May your crystals shine bright
May the beamlines keep working
All through the night

With your fingers crossed
And your loop at the ready
When you find all those crystals
May your hands be steady

A little tweaking, a lot of knowledge
And some magic vapor
Here’s hoping that this year
Nature publishes your paper!

Tom Friedlander