It shows a remarkable "photograph" of a single molecule - obtained with a new gee-whizz imaging technique.
Here's the image (hope I'm not out-of-order here):
The molecule chosen for study is an aromatic hydrocarbon by the name of pentacene. It's a relative of naphthalene (mothballs). What's immediately clear from the piccy is that it's made from five fused six-carbon rings - benzene rings in fact. (Naphthalene by contrast has only two fused benzene rings).
The BBC's report draws attention to the fact that one can even see the bonds to hydrogen at the periphery of the molecule. However, that won't mean a lot to non-specialist readers if they are not familiar with pentacene's chemical structure.
Ay, but there's the rub - there are different ways of representing chemical molecules, depending on precisely which aspects one wishes to highlight. A quick look at Google images will show what I mean:
The conventional chemical shorthand strips out all non-essential detail, including the hydrogen atoms, and attempts to show the chemical bonding within the rings, as an alternation of single and double bonds (wrong, as it happens).
But that's another story: suffice it to say that chemists know it's wrong...
It took a bit of searching, but here's the representation that best complements, in my view, the BBC's image:
Ignore the second small molecule that hovers above pentacene. This structure shows clearly the five fused rings, and the hydrogen atoms. It is the bonds to the hydrogens at the two opposite ends of the molecule that are visible as bright areas in the BBC image. Don't ask me why the other C-H bonds are not easily visible.