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10. 03. 2011

Tiny 'nanorockets' could soon deliver drugs to our bodies


Scientists have created tiny devices called nanorockets, which can travel through liquids at insanely fast speeds. These small rockets would be ideal for delivering drugs to different parts of our bodies when normal methods aren't as effective. But there's one problem, nanorockets are usually powered by rocket fuel, which as you can imagine isn't going to be very nice to our insides.

However, according to New Scientist, scientists at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research in Dresden, Germany have created a similar device which travels up to 200 times its own length per second and uses a much less toxic kind of peroxide solution to power it.

It's not ready to be used in hospitals yet as peroxide will still be pretty damaging, but it's fascinating to learn that these tiny and super fast ROCKETS (!) could well be used to treat certain problems in the future.

[Via New Scientist. Image via]

Posted by Becca    Category: science
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