The term innovation derives from the Latin innovatio, the noun of action from innovare. The word first came into modern use in 1540 and stems from the Latin innovatus, pp. of innovare "to renew or change," from in- "into" + novus "new".
Saturday, 9 July 2011
And today's award for the 'How did they possibly get a grant to do that?' paper, goes to the J. Org. Chem. article by Chanteau and Tour from Rice University in Texas. It concerns making anthropomorphic molecules - i.e. molecules that look like humans...but why anyone would want to do this I don't know... They have been named NanoPutians, after the little men from Lilliput in the book 'Gulliver's Travels'. They come in many forms - the basic building block is the NanoKid (shown right), and from this other variants can be made, such as NanoAthlete and NanoBaker.