Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Get your nanomotor runnin'

Molecular motor goes both ways (Technology Research News)

    University of Edinburgh researchers have constructed a molecular motor that can spin in either direction, much like the biological molecular motors involved in many of life's processes.

    The motor consists of a pair of interlocking rings; the smaller ring travels clockwise or counterclockwise around the larger ring depending on the order in which several chemical reactions are carried out on the molecule.

    The motor could eventually be used in nanotechnology applications like nanomechanical computers and molecular assembly. More here

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