Swiss researchers: we built world's fastest motor

ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) -- A renowned Swiss scientific institute says it has built a drill that spins at least twice as fast as any motor currently in existence.

The Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich says the matchbox-sized device uses custom-made electronics and a new combination of metals to achieve a million rotations per minute.

Researcher Christof Zwyssig said Friday the engine will allow them to drill holes narrower than the width of a human hair.

He and fellow postgraduate researcher Martin Bartholet are marketing their device to the electronics industry.

Institute faculty and students have won 21 Nobel prizes.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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