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This feature from Physics Central presents tiny machines, including Micro-Electrical-Mechanical Systems (MEMS)--sets of gears, wheels, and ratchets all cut from the same silicon crystal.  You'll also find out about a working electric motor that is less than a millionth of a meter across.
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Keywords: MEMS, micromachine, motor, nanotechnology
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