Droplets of liquid have been moved uphill by molecular motors designed to manipulate Brownian motion.
While other researchers have found ways to make drops of liquids move before, what is new here, says David Leigh at the University of Edinburgh, is the use of molecular motors to achieve it: â€œThis is the first time you can use molecular-level motion to move a macroscopic object. OK, so itâ€™s only a tiny droplet â€“ but itâ€™s a start.â€?
How very Diamond Age!
Best are the "you might also do this" scenarios:
The so-called â€œnano-shuttlesâ€? could also create a range of different types of smart surfaces, such as adhesive surfaces that can be switched on and off, or surfaces that can be switched from one colour to another.
Brave new world, indeed. I can't wait until I can finally customize the color of my flying car!