25605174 story Tying Molecules In Knots 12 Posted by samzenpus on Wednesday November 09, 2011 @04:46PM from the nimble-fingers dept. Med-trump writes "Scientists report that they have made a non-DNA molecular knot. They created a 160-atom-loop with five crossing points, a molecular pentafoil knot. The researchers used a technique known as 'self-assembly' to prepare the knot in a chemical reaction. Apparently 85% of the elasticity of natural rubber is due to knot-like entanglements in the rubber molecules' chains."