FIRST AIRED: October 5, 2016

Nice work! Enjoy the show!

×

You’re busy. We get it.

Stay on top of the news with our Editor’s Picks newsletter.

US Edition
Intl. Edition
Unsubscribe at any time. One click, it’s gone.

Thanks for signing up!

×

Transcript

00:00:00
>> In here we have some molecular machines.>> The world's smallest machines. A trio of scientists awarded the Nobel prize for chemistry on Wednesday for their work on molecular motors. France's Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Scottish scientist J Fraser Stoddart and Dutch scientist Bernard Feringa developed molecules with controllable movements that can perform tasks in response to a stimulus.
00:00:25
And they're miniscule. Some are a thousand times thinner than a human hair, but Reuters science correspondent, Ben Hirschler, says their impact could be very large indeed.>> No one's yet got a killer application for them. But they've got potential in medicine and energy storage. So you could envisage that perhaps you'd inject one of these into a patient.
00:00:46
Then it can go and find a cancer and deliver a drug. Or maybe it might be used to deliver or to make new energy storage systems for the future. So it's a bit like the first electric motors which were invented in the 1830s, or the first flying machines.
00:01:00
No one quite knew then that would lead to washing machines and jumbo jets. So we don't quite know where this is going but it's an exciting area.>> Stoddart, a chemistry professor at Northwestern University in the United States was surprised and elated to learn of the three way win.
00:01:17
Chemistry is the third and last of the Nobel science prizes to be awarded this week after physics and medicine.