Getting Mice Smashed
Not one for the chaps at PETA, but some scientists at UCLA have been using nanotechnology as an excuse to get mice pissed.
Once shit-faced (the mice that is) the scientists inject them with nanocapsules that contain a payload of enzymes that break down the alcohol.
This reduces the detectable level in the blood to that of the control group. The end product, once rigorous inebriation of mice is deemed sufficient, is most likely to take the form of an alcohol prophylactic, namely a pill that stops you from getting out of your tree. In essence, it will provide you with millions of little liver cells, each speeding up the alcohol metabolism.
So, if you have a boss who attaches a premium to the ability to drink vast vats of booze, simply drop one of these and watch them collapse around you. Of course, the uses of this type of nanocapsule extend beyond liquor disposal and into areas as world-changing as targeting tumours to more cosmetic uses such as treating hair loss.