The devil is in the details…

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CNN is now covering David Leigh’s molecular ‘information ratchet’ that was inspired by Maxwell’s demon (which Katharine wrote about here yesterday)…

I do despair about the communication of science to the public when the story contains statements like this:

“His mechanism traps molecular-sized particles as they move. As Maxwell had predicted long ago, it does not need energy because it is powered by light.”

Is there any hope!?


Stuart Cantrill (Associate Editor, Nature Nanotechnology)

Stu Cantrill

Chief Editor, Nature Chemistry, Springer Nature