MIT researchers have invented a novel way to shrink items to nanoscale, and they have done so using items available in pretty much any lab.
One of the most cliched questions asked during job interviews and on first dates is what superpower would you have if you could choose one? Most likely go with the obvious such as the ability to fly or turn invisible. Others might say super strength or the power to read people's minds. We personally think that last one has more cons than pros.
We know that Ant-Man isn't the most popular of all Marvel's heroes, but what about the abilities that he has? A suit that can make you so small you are imperceivable to the human eye. That could come in quite handy for a number of situations. It's all hypothetical of course as the technology doesn't exist, or does it?
Okay don't get your hopes up, science is not yet so advanced that someone can become Ant-Man. Researchers at MIT may have just gotten a small step closer, though. They have come up with a way to shrink objects to nanoscale, reports CNN. Nanoscale basically means so small that the object cannot be seen by a microscope, so pretty darn tiny.
The process is called implosion fabrication and even though the science behind it goes way over our heads, the tools involved are ones you'll find in almost any lab. A laser and some absorbent gel, the kind typically used in diapers. The researchers use that gel to create a structure, similar to the way you would use a pen to draw in 3D. They then attach metal or DNA to that structure and use the laser to shrink it to a miniscule size.
Don't worry, we don't get it either, but it's pretty cool, right? Aside from being pretty cool, it might well have some industry-changing real-world uses. There is currently research being done into using nano-sized robots in cancer drugs that can enter the body to seek out and destroy cancerous cells. We may also be on the verge of microchips being replaced by nanochips.