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March 18th, 2004
Tiny 'elevator' most complex nanomachine yet
Nanoscale elevators made of two interlinking organic molecules have been built and operated by US and Italian scientists. They are the most complex molecular machines built yet, consisting of a platform flanked by three rings that thread through three vertical rods. The force of an acid-base reaction is used to power the "elevator". The elevators could be used to tightly control chemical reactions, or as drug-delivery systems.
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