Thought for the month
“There is nothing noble in being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.” Probably W.L. Sheldon, US lecturer on ethics (1858 – 1907) rather than Ernest Hemingway.
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.