02/12/2022 08:28 PM | Click to read full article
Over millions of years of evolution, nature has worked out solutions to many problems. Humans have arrived late in the day and pinched them. Our ability to copy nature is becoming more sophisticated thanks to advances in nanotechnology. The atomic force microscope, invented in the 1980s, uses a probe with a very sharp tip 1,000 times smaller than a width of hair and can closely scan sample materials.