Research from the Institute of Solid State Physics in Russia shows that structures at the nanometer scale can look strikingly like feathers, trees and/or bone. Images such as this one have been developed using a technique called electroplating to build up the structures layer by layer, here using a combination of lead, indium, palladium and nickel. The different metals spontaneously meld to create fantastically complex forms – like this fern structure reminiscent of so many other shapes derived from mathematics or nature.
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