How to melt gold at room temperature I had to wait for this article to come out, because the original paper is too technical, but they are saying that simply because gold atoms are on the surface of a gold object, it be melted at room temperature and distorted in shape a million different ways. Very tiny waves and bumps to be sure, but its completely new thermodynamics that can be exploited in the semi-conducting and other industries immediately, assuming anyone has actually thought about practical applications yet. The discovery could even imply that everything is constantly changing shape on nanoscopic scales, and could explain the architecture of the cytoskeleton of common cells, in terms of thermodynamics. The first research into this could include producing cheap catalysts and phase changing circuitry. Temperature and shape, may be indivisible yin and yang, with this discovery illustrating how the two can subtly exchange identities without our realizing it. The other implication is we are looking at how quantum mechanics manifests on macroscopic scales that are simply not visible to the naked eye. There have been a steady number of basic insights such as this one over the last couple of decades, as if to remind physicists that they have only begun to explore our world.