A Levitating X-ray Microscope (image) Washington University in St. Louis Caption A levitated drop within the WU-BESL is shown. Electrodes above and below the sample charge its surface by induction, and it rises in the evacuated chamber, hoisted by electrostatic attraction. This "containerless" technique allows the drop to solidify without crystallizing. Credit Ken Kelton Usage Restrictions Please credit Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.