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posted by Fnord666 on Thursday April 20 2017, @07:36AM   Printer-friendly
from the you-have-died-of-Dysentery dept.

Six teams from three continents are preparing for a unique race on a polished gold track in the south of France this month. But this is no luxurious supercar event: competitors will be racing single molecules. In 36 hours, they aim to move them a distance of 100 nanometres — about one-thousandth the width of a human hair — on a laboratory track held in a vacuum and chilled to a few degrees above absolute zero.

The contest is being billed as the world's first nanocar race, and the aim is to get people excited about nanotechnology and molecular machines, says co-organizer Christian Joachim, a chemist who works at the Centre for Materials Elaboration and Structural Studies in Toulouse, where the event will take place. He and Gwénaël Rapenne, a chemist at the University of Toulouse-Paul Sabatier, developed the contest after Joachim realized — following an interview with a journalist — that nanocars attracted much more public attention than did his research on fundamental aspects of nanotechnology.


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20 2017, @07:39AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20 2017, @07:39AM (#496743)

    Winner!!!!!

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20 2017, @08:10AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20 2017, @08:10AM (#496754)

    100 nm in 36 hours = 2.78 nm/h = 1.73 X 10-12 MPH

    • (Score: 2) by jcross on Friday April 21 2017, @12:42AM

      by jcross (4009) Subscriber Badge on Friday April 21 2017, @12:42AM (#497148)

      To be honest, I watch it for the crashes.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20 2017, @12:52PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 20 2017, @12:52PM (#496818)

    36 Hour Nano Lemans, molecule endurance racing.

  • (Score: 2) by Rivenaleem on Friday April 21 2017, @01:17PM

    by Rivenaleem (3400) on Friday April 21 2017, @01:17PM (#497375)

    I for one know who I want commentating on this.

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