Nanotechnology has shown the greatest promise for alternative cancer treatments that has been seen in years. The possibility of small robots or devices carrying cancer-destroying medicine straight to malignant cells, while leaving healthy cells alone gets closer to reality every day. Now, engineers at the University of Texas are working to bring this technology closer to reality by creating the smallest, fastest and longest-lasting nanomotor to date.
This new nanomotor is smaller than one square micrometer, but can move at 18,000 rpm for up to 15 hours– a step up from current nanomotors that can move from anywhere between 14rpm to 500 rpm. The small size makes it possible for this nanomotor to enter some living human cells, and the speed will allow it to mix and pump biochemicals as well as move through liquids. For more information on this development, click to watch the video above.