I don't really keep up on microscope technology because I only use mine to look at breakfast cereal and bits of weed, but apparently there's been a breakthough in optics that allows an actual glimpse of objects on the nanometer scale (versus scanning electron microscopy, etc.). Which -- fun fact: the T-virus isn't even shaped like a T! WTF UMBRELLA?!
Their technique, reported in Nature Communications, makes use of "evanescent waves", emitted very near an object and usually lost altogether.
Instead, the beads gather the light and re-focus it, channelling it into a standard microscope.
Professor Li and his colleagues used glass beads measuring between two and nine millionths of a metre across, placed on the surfaces of their samples.
The beads collect the light transmitted through the samples, gathering up the evanescent waves and focusing them in such a way that a standard microscope lens could pick them up.
The team imaged minuscule features in various solid samples and even the nanometre-scale grooves in Blu-Ray discs to show that the approach's resolution beat all previous records for optical microscopy.
Not to brag or anything, but I have laser-vision that allows me to see objects on the through-walls scale. Just kidding, that's not what laser-vision is all about. I have been known to light a female's cigarette though which is a pretty cool party trick provided I haven't had too much to drink and melt the chick's face off.
Thanks to Rev Dr Dom, who made some joke about scientists finally being able to see my wiener BUT I'M NOT GONNA LET IT GET TO ME.