nanomachine


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nan·o·ma·chine

 (năn′ō-mə-shēn′)
n.
A mechanical or electronic device whose parts are single atoms or molecules.
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For Drexler, the ultimate goal of nanomachine technology is the production of the 'assembler.
Microelectromechanical systems (or MEMS, to be succinct) are one step ahead of their smaller evolutionary cousin, the nanomachine, in that they are already integral to daily life for many of us.
Among their topics are the biogenesis of cellulose nanofibrils by a biological nanomachine, poly-electrolyte multilayers for fiber engineering, lignin as a functional biomaterial with potential in surface chemistry and nanoscience, bacterial cellulose and its polymeric nanocomposites, the development and application of naturally renewable scaffold materials for bone tissue engineering, and the template synthesis of nanostructured metals using cellulose nanocrystal.
To help ensure that the accidental creation of a gray-goo nanomachine remains a practical impossibility, Drexler's Foresight Institute, a nonprofit organization he founded to "help prepare society for anticipated advanced technologies," has prescribed guidelines for the safe development of NT.
Proteins are made of long linear chains of amino acids, which have evolved over millions of years to self-assemble extremely rapidly - often within thousandths of a split second - into a working nanomachine.
The proteasome: a proteolytic nanomachine of cell regulation and waste disposal [Review].
A selective catalyst can be viewed as a nanomachine designed to perform the synthesis of molecules with high reaction activity and high selectivity.
This sophisticated nanomachine is functionally and structurally related to virulence-associated type-III secretion systems (T3SS) of pathogenic bacteria.
Proteins are made of long linear chains of amino acids, which have evolved over millions of years to self-assemble extremely rapidly -- often within thousandths of a split second -- into a working nanomachine.
Besides transferring their motion to other parts of a nanomachine, their rotors could lead to new types of sensors and even intelligent materials that respond to their environment.
The nanomachine that was studied in this research can operate as a mechanical sensor for fluctuation parameters (fluctuation period and frequency).