menu
Get a daily delivery of PSFK
Subscribe to get a daily digest of new ideas and discoveries and to find out about upcoming events

Future Of Medicine May Have You Swallowing Super Fast Nano-Rockets

Future Of Medicine May Have You Swallowing Super Fast Nano-Rockets

New remedy delivery system could travel incredibly fast using only our stomach acid to propel itself.

Yi Chen


Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, have created microscopic capsules that can travel at lightening fast speeds. These “microrockets” are powered by the bubbles of hydrogen from the stomach acid to propel itself 1,050 nanometers per second. At only 10 nanometers long, that’s the same equivalence as a human traveling at 400 miles per hour.

The microrockets are created from zinc, which is a considered as a more eco-friendly material when compared to other materials. Researcher Joseph Wang commented that the applications of these nano-devices can include targeted drug delivery and even human imaging and monitoring industrial applications.

Wang and his team are currently developing a microrocket coated with a magnetic layer to allow scientists to guide it towards “cargo for pick-up, transport and release.”

 

Post Image
Read More Tap to Expand
PSFK CONFERENCE 2015

Live. Work. Play. Better.
The PSFK 2015 conference experience

NEW YORK, NY | April 16-April 18 2015
Get a daily delivery of PSFK
TREND REPORT

PSFK Labs presents
The Future of Retail 2015

A Manifesto To Reinvent The Store