We just love tiny things and we take any opportunity to incorporate them into our Apple accessories.
There’s something intrinsically attractive about all things small. They’re adorable aren’t they? Have you ever seen a sugar glider, for instance? No? It’s a tiny thing that will glide right into your heart, symbolically, not literally. Look!
Yes, we love tiny things. That’s why we’re so excited about our ultra thin iPhone 5 cases. It’s also why we’re so excited about these insanely small “nano-flowers,” grown chemically in labs where the scientists are very serious, smart guys, who just really, really love flowers. Look at these things.
Your first instinct, if you’re anything like us, is probably to assume that you’re seeing a Martian garden from millennia ago, when there was still plant life, but you’d be wrong. These are microscopic flowers that Harvard scientists have grown using specific chemical combinations. They’re engineered. In the words of lead scientist Wim Noorduin:
“The emergence of complex nano- and microstructures is of fundamental interest, and the ability to program their form has practical ramifications in fields such as optics, catalysis, and electronics. We developed carbonate-silica microstructures in a dynamic reaction-diffusion system that allow us to rationally devise schemes for precisely sculpting a great variety of elementary shapes by diffusion of carbon dioxide (CO2) in a solution of barium chloride and sodium metasilicate.”
Translation: “We made these flowers using crazy, complicated processes you’ll never understand, and they’re really, really cool.”
We wonder if this Harvard study will yield anything we can use to produce even smaller wooden iPhone cases… Doubt it. In the meantime, we’re content to stop and smell the really, really, really small flowers.