This Radical New DNA Microscope Reimagines the Cellular World

The new technique, dubbed DNA microscopy, uses only a pipette and some liquid reagents. The results are absolutely breathtaking. Cells shine like stars in a nebula, each pseudo-colored according to their genomic profiles.

Electron images achieve record-breaking resolution

A sophisticated electron detector has for the first time enabled scientists to reveal sub-angstrom detail in a 2D material.

Robotic assembly of the world's smallest house

A French nanorobotics team has assembled a new microrobotics system that pushes forward the frontiers of optical nanotechnologies.

IBM Unveils "World's Smallest Computer"

In the next five years, tiny computers - smaller than a grain of salt - will be tackling issues of counterfeit and food safety among others, tech giant IBM has predicted.

Scientists 'paint' the world's smallest Mona Lisa on a DNA

New techniques in DNA self-assembly allow researchers to create the largest to-date customizable patterns with nanometer precision on a budget.

Algorithm designer among those honored with the Chemistry Nobel

This year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry went to a group of individuals who pushed the electron microscope to its very limit, figuring out how to use it to determine the position of every single atom in large, complex molecules.

Microscopic and in motion

A quick look at some of this year’s best videos made with a microscope.

Behold the Tiniest Star Ever Discovered

Astronomers at the University of Cambridge have discovered a star that’s barely bigger than Saturn, making it the smallest stellar object known to science.

Quantum Data Storage in a Single Atom Brings New Computing Era Closer to Reality

In a big step forward, physicists achieved the first-ever demonstration of storing and retrieving quantum data from the nucleus of a solitary atom embedded in silicon.

Researchers store computer operating system and short movie on DNA

A pair of researchers at Columbia University and the New York Genome Center show that an algorithm designed for streaming video on a cellphone can unlock DNA's nearly full storage potential by squeezing more information into its four base nucleotides.

World's smallest radio receiver has building blocks the size of two atoms

Researchers have made the world's smallest radio receiver - built out of an assembly of atomic-scale defects in pink diamonds.

World's smallest magnifying glass makes it possible to see chemical bonds between atoms

For centuries, scientists believed that light couldn't be focused down smaller than its wavelength. Now, researchers have created the world's smallest magnifying glass, which focuses light a billion times more tightly, down to the scale of single atoms.

These Are the First Color Images Ever Produced By an Electron Microscope

Electron microscopes are renowned for their ability to peer down into the hidden world of the very small. A new technique that took 15 years to develop finally overcomes this optical limitation, producing the first ever multicolor electron microscope images.

Smart Dust Is Coming: New Camera Is the Size of a Grain of Salt

Miniaturization is one of the most world-shaking trends of the last several decades. Computer chips now have features measured in billionths of a meter. Sensors that once weighed kilograms fit inside your smartphone. But it doesn't end there.