I have to get out of bed really early in the morning to scoop something before Nanogirl gets to it... So I thought I'd offer up a tidbit or two from this week's Science:
"Controlling Molecular Self-Organization: Formation of
Nanometer-Scale Spheres and Tubules"
G. William Orr, Leonard J. Barbour, Jerry L. Atwood
If you have a Science OnLine subscription the abstract is: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/285/5430/1049
The key points are:
The materials aren't going to be as strong as buckyballs/tubes because the bonds between the subunits aren't covalent but it points out how clever the chemists are getting. Looking at the pictures, what keeps going through my mind is that we are on the path towards NanoLegos.
Also in the issue are a good discussion of the super-iron batteries, pointing out that we may be able to improve battery density quite a bit, Josephson Persistent-Current Qubits (for you QC folks), and a discussion about how Human Genome Sciences is moving from a genome company into a drug company.