You know how sunflowers track the sun and move with it? They are powered by light. Well, researchers at the University of Florida have used a single molecule of DNA to create a molecular nanomotor powered only by particles of light (photons). It’s not the first photon driven nanomotor but it is the first made entirely of a single DNA molecule. There’s an artist’s illustration and more detail about the work here.
On a more philosophical bent, a physicist at Canada’s Perimeter Institute, Lee Smolin who, based on his work with Roberto Mangabeira Unger, a Brazilian philospher, suggests that the timeless multiverse (beloved of physicists and science fiction writers) does not exist. The article by Smolin was written for Physics World and is available here.