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The World's Smallest Electric Car Made Out Of Single Molecule
2011-11-11 06:29:35

Scientists have developed the world's smallest electric car, made from a single molecule. The molecule has four branches that act as wheels and rotate when a tiny metal tip helps apply a small current of electricity to them. The car was made to move six billionths of a meter with just 10 electric bursts. The car's "batteries" are a scanning tunneling microscope, which is a fine point of metal that ends in just an atom or two.  As the tip draws near the molecule, electrons jump...

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2010-01-06 13:42:16

Scientists in Texas are reporting the development of a "nanodragster" that may speed the course toward development of a new generation of futuristic molecular machines. The vehicle "” only 1/50,000th the width of a human hair "” resembles a hot-rod in shape and can outperform previous nano-sized vehicles. Their report is in ACS' Organic Letters, a bi-weekly journal. James Tour, Kevin Kelly and colleagues note that the ability to control the motion of small molecules is essential...

2009-02-02 10:15:06

This year's model isn't your father's nanocar. It runs cool.The drivers of Rice University's nanocars were surprised to find modified versions of their creation have the ability to roll at room temperature. While practical applications for the tiny machines may be years away, the breakthrough suggests they'll be easier to adapt to a wider range of uses than the originals, which had to be heated to 200 degrees Celsius before they could move across a surface.The nanocar was a sensation when...

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2005-10-21 18:58:16

Rice University scientists have constructed the world's smallest car -- a single molecule "nanocar" that contains a chassis, axles and four buckyball wheels. The "nanocar" is described in a research paper that is available online and due to appear in an upcoming issue of the journal Nano Letters. "The synthesis and testing of nanocars and other molecular machines is providing critical insight in our investigations of bottom-up molecular manufacturing," said one of the two lead researchers,...