nanostructures

Gold Molecules Make Like A Snow-Blower To Carve Nano-Scale Pathways

Gold Molecules Make Like A Snow-Blower To Carve Nano-Scale Pathways

These perfectly straight trenches were dug by molecules of gold. Under just the right conditions, gold will act like a mini-snow blower. It will pry molecules out of a material, puff away the detritus, and then move on to the next. One day, we could use this to make entire…

New Ultralight Ceramic Cubes Can Be Squished And Recover Like A Sponge

New Ultralight Ceramic Cubes Can Be Squished And Recover Like A Sponge

A CalTech scientist and her team just announced the development of one of the strongest and lightest materials ever created. It’s light enough to float like a feather, and so uniquely strong, it can be crushed and completely recover its shape. And — get this — it’s made of ceramic.