Originally posted by ubeenhad
Scientists have engineered a new kind of particle that spontaneously self assembles in the same way atoms form molecules.
The team created chemically distinct "patches" on the particles' surfaces that could form directional bonds, sticking to other particles in specific patterns to spontaneously form "colloidal molecules" of the researchers' design.
THINK ABOUT IT!!!!!
Very cool, and very applicable in future technology.
One key difference is in nature the bonds were set, and the universe learned how to use the effects to make other things. The flow was from bottom to top.
The researchers are going top to bottom here. The bonding matrix is designed to attract certain things rather than it being certain things are attracted to each other.
Hard to put it the way I mean. But it is a reversal from the way nature engineered the effect.