These 3-wheeled nanocars are the size of just one molecule

Miniature cars move along the elevated freeway at Chris Burden's large-scale kinetic sculpture, Metropolis II, during the media preview at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in Los Angeles, California January 11, 2012. The sculpture, modeled after a fast-paced futuristic city with 1,100 miniature cars running through an elaborate system of roadway tracks at a scale speed of about 240 miles per hour (386 kph), is meant to evoke the energy of a city. The exhibit opens to the public January 14. REUTERS/David McNew (UNITED STATES - Tags: TRANSPORT SOCIETY) - RTR2W60M

Scientists are driving three-wheeled, single-molecule “nanoroadsters” Image: REUTERS/David McNew

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Computer models show two possible forms of the single-molecule, three-wheeled nanoroadster.
Computer models show two possible forms of the single-molecule, three-wheeled nanoroadster. Image: Alex Saywell/Leonhard Gill
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