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Developers of the world's smallest machines wins the 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry

Developers of the world's smallest machines wins the 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry

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The 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry has been awarded to a Scottish, French and Dutch-born trio of boffins who have developed the world’s smallest machines.

Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L Feringa have developed molecules with controllable movements, which can perform tasks when energy is used.

The micro-machines are not visible to the human eye.

Linking molecules together, they are a thousand times thinner than a strand of hair.

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