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November 1st, 2007
To Invent a Nanomachine
From the Royal Society of Chemistry comes a report on Building Tomorrow's Nanofactory:
"UK scientists have been granted £2.5 million to invent a nanomachine that can build materials molecule by molecule.
Such a robot doesn't -- and may never -- exist, though it has been imagined for over half a century. But this autumn, researchers across the UK are starting work towards it, following the funding of three research projects by the Engineering and physical sciences research council.
One of the projects, led by Rasmita Raval at the University of Liverpool, imagines creating a machine that can be instructed by computer to move molecules or atomic clusters as desired. Scanning tunnelling microscopes are already able to nudge atoms over surfaces, and image the result. But the goal now is to move into three dimensions, and to build a structural network of atoms."
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