A shout out to Slapinions Dan who posted this originally "Finally, using an Atomic Force Microscope, researchers at IBM have taken the first ever photograph of a single molecule. The carbon rings and the positions of the hydrogen atoms in the molecule can clearly be seen. It may look like a piece of honeycomb, but this lattice-shaped image is the first ever close-up view of a single molecule."
The experiment was also performed inside a high vacuum at the extremely cold temperature of -268C to avoid stray gas molecules or atomic vibrations from affecting the measurements.
I get the feeling there will not be any practical applications for a while :o)