Researchers have observed the simultaneous reorganisation of atomic positions and electron distribution during the transformation of vanadium dioxide from a semiconductor into a metal.
The UK electronics industry is the biggest producer of consumer devices in Europe but also offers a huge variety of careers helping develop everything from medical equipment to spacecraft.
Keeping the country online amid constantly changing technology is just one of the challenges in this innovative and fast-paced industry.
Young people’s confidence with technology is a great chance to get them interested in engineering, but we shouldn’t mistake it for true understanding.
Nobody knows what spin-offs might come from space missions. But as the Rosetta comet-chaser shows, they will come.