Buckymobile Is Born

Nanocar Forget about the iPod Nano — Researchers at Rice University have built a one-molecule car (Red Herring), complete with working chassis, axles, and wheels. Its wheels are Buckyballs — “hollow spheres composed entirely of carbon atoms, known to chemists as buckminsterfullerenes,” named for visionary scientist/philosopher Buckminster Fuller. The car is not, however, self-propelled (one has to wonder what kind of fuel could be put into a vehicle that’s one twenty-thousandth the width of human hair — constantly losing the gas cap would seem to be a major hassle).

Music: Talking Heads :: New Feeling

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