Thought for the month

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Origin uncertain, usually attributed as a Chinese Proverb.

Friday, 8 January 2016

Le petit prix

2016 will see Toulouse in France host one of the more unusual international races. The track will be a (111) crystalline gold surface at 5K within a UHV scanning tunnelling microscope. The race will be the first NanoCar Race for molecule-cars. It is intended that the molecule-vehicles will have a chemical structure of about one hundred of atoms, preferably with 4 wheels, a chassis and a molecular motor. During the races the vehicles can be propelled using tunnel electrons passing through the molecule-car, also by light or by nano-magnetic effects.

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