The World's Smallest Robots: Rise of the Nanomachines

This week Reactions takes a look at some byte-size science. Nanomachines have some very tiny chemistry at play with some big results. Nanomachines – including nano-sized motors, rockets and even cars – are many orders of magnitude smaller than a human cell, but they have huge promise. In the future, they could deliver drugs anywhere in the body, clean up oil spills and might even be used as artificial muscle cells.

Special thanks to the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Special Grant Program in the Chemical Sciences for funding this episode.

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Producer:
Elaine Seward
Sean Parsons

Writer:
Sophia Cai

Executive Producer:
Adam Dylewski

Scientific consultants:
Rigoberto Advincula, Ph.D.
Darcy Gentleman, Ph.D.
Sophia Cai

Music:
Strut Funk by Dougie Wood

References/video sources:
Controlling Motion at the Nanoscale Level: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acsnano.5b03367
Switches: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/nn201199b
Shuttles: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/bm301437c
Turnstiles: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/ic4001208
Elevators: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ja0543954
Nanocars:http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ja058514r
Nanorockets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRxyN9yxOP0&feature=youtu.be
Nanorockets: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/suppl/10.1021/ja4018545
Nanomotors: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/suppl/10.1021/jp306938b
Nanocars: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/suppl/10.1021/jp306938b
Nanocars: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/nn203969b
Nanobots: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ja511012v
Nanosubmaries: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfNQUeMwLkM

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  1. I know I'm 5 years late to the video, but can we all just appreciate the text in the book at 3:02? Like, some serious effort went into that, come on guys let's show some appreciation for detail!

  2. My body was made an image of God and liking of God. My body does not need any medication or any changes made to it. It is perfect, this is devil trying to destroy gods image

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