A group of scientists and nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego have developed incredibly high-tech nanomotors that could go a long way towards helping reduce the extent of polluting carbon dioxide in our precious oceans. These motors are capable of autonomously moving through the water and removing carbon dioxide, converting it into more useful and usable materials.
The autonomous movement of the nanomotors through the water is not just a fun gimmick; it's actually something that aids in the process of mixing, which helps speed up the process of carbon dioxide conversion.
These nanomotors have some potentially huge applications. Student and research team member Kevin Kaufman says that "in the future, we could potentially use these micromotors as part of a water treatment system, like a water decarbonation plant."