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Most Fun Non-TV Story of Day: World’s Smallest Electric Motor, Made From a Single Molecule, Smashes Record. Author of Story Fantasizes This Could Get Us ‘micro turntables leading to the smallest copy of The White Album ever conceived, but that’s just me’

Sep 7, 2011  •  Post A Comment

"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."

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