No joy for Bill Joy today. All those scientists working away feverishly
with nary a thought for relinquishment. We're all doomed! Ha, ha, ha, ha.
>From EurekAlert at:
Northwestern researchers clone gene responsible for inner ear motor
>The speed of the motor, the researchers said, and the fact that it does
not require extra
> biological energy but only a voltage, such as that from a battery, to
function, holds promise
> for applications in nanotechnology.
> "Here we have a molecule that directly converts electricity into
mechanical force," said
> Dallos. "This novel motor potentially could be used to build machines
on the molecular
> scale." The other biological motors are poor candidates because they
are slow and do
> require additional energy to work.
> "This is an exciting development for nanotechnology," said Laurence
Marks, professor of
> materials science and engineering at Northwestern and an expert in
> electron microscopy and atomic structures. "One can envisage creating
> using this protein in artificial membranes that are part of Nano
> (NEMS), for instance biological pumps that might be used for drug
And if you liked that, check this out:
A droid that can change shape
>The scientists have developed what they call a polymorphic robot -- a
machine that can
> change its shape to suit the job in hand. Shape-shifting robots could
be used as planetary
> explorers, or for search-and-rescue missions, changing their shape to
meet each new
> challenge and adapting to strange and unpredictable environments.
I particularly like this part:
>It is also conceivable, says Lipson, that the 3D printing technology will
> materials to be printed, including conductive, nonconductive and even
> materials. "Wires, motors and logic circuits, as well as structure,
could be printed in one
> pass without the need for assembly," Lipson predicts.
I couldn't help wondering if this manufacturing technique might make a
macroscopic self-replicating machine
simpler to achieve.
All in all, it's been a good day for technophiles.
Think of it as science non-fiction.
"Becuz, becuz, becuz, becuz,...
Becuz of the wonderful things he does."
Best, Jeff Davis
"Everything's hard till you know how to do it."
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