Star Trek: Voyager celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and the show is still inspiring fans, including some Dutch physicists who recreate the model is undoubtedly the smallest ever to present of USS Voyager.
Voyager becomes small … really small
Researchers at Leiden University in the Netherlands have studied artificial “microwimmers”, which are similar in size to bacteria and typically 1–10 µm, that can push themselves through liquids. Most of the work on microwimmers are spherical objects, but Leiden’s physicists have used the new Nanoscribe Photonic Professional printer to create more complex objects.
In an article titled “Microwimmers catalytic 3D printing glue” published last month in the journal Soft Matter, the team showed their latest efforts, including a small-class spacecraft. Intrepid.
These microwimmers can self-repel through liquids using chemical reactions, with their platinum coating reacting with a solution of hydrogen peroxide. So this little USS Voyager can really fly – well… swim, if you want the technique.
Researchers hope that microwimmers can be developed that can perform complex behaviors that can be used in a number of practical applications, including drug therapy. Maybe one day, a small spaceship will fly around your bloodstream to save your life.
(h / t PC Gamer)
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