Sunday, February 15, 2009
A two-armed robot built from DNA molecules has demonstrated 100 percent success as grasping target molecules that could someday be used to assembly nanoscale computers, optical fibers, or mechanically encrypt information.
BOTTOM LINE: Nanorobots were predicted by their seminal inventor, Richard Smalley, to herald a new age of self-fabricating materials that configure themselves. However the goal has been illusive. This two-armed nanorobot may be a stepping stone along the way to self-assembling nanofabrication techniques, but we are still decades away from Smalley's dream.
Posted by R. Colin Johnson at 6:07 PM