24-Hour Race Won By Molecule That Traveled 1 Micron

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On March 25, C64H22CuF6N4 emerged a victor, winning first place after travelling 1,054 nanometres in the race featuring the world’s smallest racecars. C64H22CuF6N4 is a 97-molecule nanocar developed by the NIMS-MANA team. Like all the other nanocars in the race, it was propelled forward by gentle electrical pulses generated by the tip of a scanning tunnelling microscope. The presence of opposing electrical charges causes repulsive interaction, making the cars inch a few hundred picometres. A picometre is one trillionth of a metre, while a nanometre is one billionth. Read full article here

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