Researchers design an engine that uses information as fuel

A thought experiment from 1867 leads scientists to design a groundbreaking information engine.

Credit: Sergii, Adobe Stock.
  • Their engine is the fastest ever such contraption, using information as "fuel."
  • The application of the technology may lie in nanotechnology and nano-biology.
  • Inspired by an 1867 thought experiment, researchers design an information engine.
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Tiny parasite-like robots are the future of pain relief

Researchers design microdevices that can gradually deliver medicine by latching on to intestines.

Credit: Johns Hopkins University
  • A research team from Johns Hopkins University designs microdevices that can deliver medicine.
  • The tiny robots are based on parasite hookworms.
  • The machines can latch on to the intestines and gradually release pain-relieving drugs.
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Scientists create an "eye on reality" camera that sees invisible light

Harvard engineers make a breakthrough polarization camera.

  • Harvard researchers create a tiny camera that can see polarization.
  • Seeing the invisible light can help in numerous applications, from self-driving cars to satellites.
  • The scientists used nanotechnology to achieve this feat.
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The World’s 1st Molecular Robot Has Just Been Created by UK Scientists

One researcher called it “the ultimate in the miniaturization of machinery.”

 

Arm of a molecular robot. Photo: Nature.

We marvel at movies like Ant Man, Inner Space, and Fantastic Voyage, where someone or something can shrink down to the nanoscale and navigate a microscopic world. Although shrinking something down with some type of laser or energy field is all but impossible today, we are beginning to exact more and more control over tinier and tinier environments.

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Scientists Create Molecular Nanodrills That Destroy Cancer Cells

This could end the days of suffering through cancer treatment. 

 

Nanomachine destroying a prostate cancer cell. Notice the cytoplasm bubbling out. Rice University.

Anyone who has gone through cancer treatment or known someone who has, has seen how detrimental the side effects can be. My mother happens to be going through chemotherapy right now for breast cancer. Although it was an aggressive variety, they caught it early. It was surgically removed and she’s going through chemo only to avoid recurrence. Though I’m thankful for that, the chemo still makes her dreadfully nauseous and weak.

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