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In the fast lane—scientists drive development of the world’s tiniest robots

By Stephanie Liverani / October 23, 2015

Scientists are building nanomachines that will someday do miraculous things on a macro scale. But as the race continues to develop the world’s tiniest machines, focusing on efficiency will be key.

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Other materials science stories that may be of interest

By / August 27, 2012

These color-enhanced scanning electron microscope images show nanosheets resembling tiny rose petals. The nanosheets are key components of a new type of biosensor that can detect minute concentrations of glucose in saliva, tears and urine. The technology might eventually help to eliminate or reduce the frequency of using pinpricks for diabetes testing. (See second story…

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Researchers build first nanodragster

By / January 24, 2010

Live Science reported that researchers have built a new super-small “nanodragster” that could speed up efforts to craft molecular machines. “We made a new version of a nanocar that looks like a dragster,” said James Tour, a chemist at Rice University who was involved in the research. “It has smaller front wheels on a shorter…

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