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Water found to be an ideal lubricant for nanomachines (phys.org)
31 points by jonbaer 609 days ago | 12 comments



Which is why 'nanotechnology' of the future will be (and of the past was) done with proteins & nucleic acids packed by lipids. Want to build a nanobot? Build it out of organic material. The rocks we build iPhones out of do not maintain their useful properties at the nanometer scale.

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The computers of the future will just be blobs of flesh.

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Most of the computers of the present are.

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The number of electronic computers in the world probably exceeded human population around 1992--3, and currently has a 'birthrate' of 10^10 per year, counting ╬╝controllers.

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"Goddamn hacker bullshit. Looks like someone used a buffer overflow on the mainframe to encode a virus, and the thing dropped a bunch of malformed proteins while replicating in place of the data organelles. It's growing tumors and vomiting everywhere, probably cancer. We're going to have to terminate it and promote the secondary out of hibernation."

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Can't wait for the public to realize that renewable machines looks like, well us.

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> '...the researchers noticed that the molecular motors moved with slightly different speeds, dependent on the bottle of solvent used in the experiment.'

This is why reproducibility is crucial in science. Always look for confounding factors.

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Cells found to be ideal nanomachines and field gets renamed to biology.

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Cells are probably just as ideal nanomachines as birds are ideal flying machines. Yes, quite nicely optimized to do what they do, but for our purposes 787s, F-22s and S-92s are much more useful.

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>787s, F-22s and S-92s are much more useful.

Well, we can say that we're using them. Whether systems that consume thousands of years of fossilized sunlight remain beneficial to society in the long term remains to be seen. Personally I think our systems should be steady-state instead of depletionary.

Just because we're doing it doesn't mean it's ideal.

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Considering how much fighters cost we could renewably synthesize fuel for them just fine.

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Am I the only one that is irritated by the way the molecule is displayed in the image? The 'nanomachine' is displayed at a vastly larger scale than the water.

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