The movies make it seem like someday we'll be able to make people and objects grow really big or shrink really small. Whether this will be possible comes down to the smallest of things.
There are countless nanoscopic architectures in nature, creating iridescence, sticky feet, magnetic navigation – and more.
It's a crystal - but not as you've seen it before. A new crystal can be bent and flexed, and is expected to deliver new responsive materials for emerging technologies.
With current modes up against their limits, we need new data storage solutions. Tiny defects in diamonds' atomic structure might turn them into a new medium for memory.
We may have to rewrite physics textbooks after a material that can act both like a conductor and an insulator simultaneously has been discovered.
Zircon crystals from ancient rocks in Greenland suggest the movement of plate tectonics to have occurred 3.2 billion years…