From this article on NPR it appears material scientists have stumbled upon the fundamental Truth of nature at the molecular level.
But perhaps not yet undertand what they’re seeing.
There’s one part of the molecule that doesn’t like the other part,” Bates says. So the one part of the molecule folds up into a sphere, forcing the other part to the outside, where it makes little tendrils. It resembles a hairy sphere.
I think what this work does is that it makes contact with something that is more universal than just plastics. It has the capacity to teach us how nature works,” he says.
And understanding how nature works is something all scientists strive for.
NPR article here.