"Researchers led by E. Charles Sykes at Tufts University have created what they believe is the world’s smallest electric motor comprised of a single molecule," reports GeeKOSystem.com, which adds, "If accepted by Guinness World Records, their one nanometer long motor will obliterate the previous record-holding 200 nanometer motor."
The article says that the motor is "comprised of a single sulphur atom with four carbon atoms on one side and a lone carbon atom opposite this chain."
Then, the story says "Once in place, a tiny needle — no more than a few atoms wide — was positioned above the sulphur atom."
Next, according to the article, "When the needle was electrically charged, the molecule started to spin about 50 times a second. Well, “spin” might be generous. In their report, New Scientist described it as ‘jittery hops.’ "
The author of the piece, Max Eddy, then came up with our favorite line of the day: "I imagine such a motor could also be the foundational work for micro turntables leading to the smallest copy of The White Album ever conceived, but that’s just me."