Cultocracy Introduction :
Perfect timing .
I wonder what specific areas of Charles Lieber’s research were of interest to the Chinese administration ?
Remote neural entrainment and manipulation can be enhanced with this particular type of nanotechnology , although it is not a necessity .
The fact that the technology has been in the public domain for a while now suggests that it has now been superseded .
Maybe Elon Musk should be arrested as well ?
Although Musk is simply a salesman , recycling deep state tech for the civilian market is a natural progression .
Apparently Charles Lieber has been charged with ‘making materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statements to an agency of the US government’ .
A charge better known as ‘lying’ .
I always thought that ‘lying’ was a prerequisite for all government agency employees and their subordinates ?
Pots calling the pan….
It does make you wonder who they are all actually working for .
Besides themselves of course .
Stitched up Arrested
“Charles Lieber, one the world’s top nanotechnology experts and the chairman of Harvard University’s chemistry department, was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with lying about payments he’d taken from the Thousand Talents Program, a Chinese effort to lure top research minds.”
“The charges against the chemist, announced by the US Department of Justice, are part of a wide-ranging effort by the US to crack down on what it calls rampant intellectual-property theft by China.”
“According to a charging document written by an FBI agent, Lieber received more than $15 million in US grant funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense, among other sources.”
“Researchers are supposed to disclose if they also have foreign funding. But Lieber didn’t do so and then, when confronted, gave “false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements”“
“According to the charging document, Lieber, starting in 2011, agreed to help set up a research lab at the Wuhan University of Technology and “make strategic visionary and creative research proposals” so that China could do cutting-edge science.”
“He was well paid for it. Lieber earned a salary when he visited China worth up to $50,000 per month, as well as $150,000 a year in expenses in addition to research funds. “
“Lieber was ranked the most cited chemist in the world between 2000 and 2010 and came up with the concept of “neural lace.”“
“The metallic mesh, which can be injected into the brain, was an inspiration for Elon Musk’s brain-machine interface company, Neuralink.“
- A Harvard super chemist has been arrested over lying about secret China payments
- Harvard Nanotech Mad Scientist Arrested
- The Lieber group
- “We are focusing on a novel approach for integrating electronics within the brain and other areas of the nervous system, which involves non-invasive syringe delivery of neural network-like mesh electronics into targeted distinct brain regions.”
- Spying charges against Chinese-American scientists spark fears of a witch hunt
Not related (I think) :
Nanotechnology News – February 2020
“The problem of pain continues to grow, and new analgesic approaches are urgently required.”
“The sodium channel NaV1.7 expressed in sensory neurons is required for pain perception in mice and humans…..”
“NaV1.7 gain-of-function mutations result in ongoing pain in humans, while rare recessive loss-of-function mutants are pain free but otherwise normal apart from an inability to smell….”
“NaV1.7 has also an unusual role as an integrator of synaptic input in the hypothalamus….”
“All experiments were performed with approval from the United Kingdom Home Office according to guidelines set by personal and project licenses…….”
Cultocracy note :
Dual use research is common in scientific circles , many unwitting researchers are in the dark about the primary motives for their work .
The rest are simply insane .
Digging a Deeper Hole
“Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin have harnessed specially engineered symbiotic honey bee gut bacteria to protect the insects from Varroa mites and deformed wing virus, two key honey bee pathogens that represent major causes of colony collapse.”
“The engineered bacteria live as part of the the honeybee gut microbiome, and effectively act as biological factories that produce double stranded RNA (dsRNA) to alter gene expression and trigger immune responses.”
“Researchers could also use the technology as a tool for studying bee genetics. The engineered bacteria can knock down specific bee genes, giving scientists new insights into the bee genome function, and possibly enabling new breeding strategies to produce more robust bee colonies. “
Cultocracy note :
If science is to save us , then who will save science ?
Quantum Computing & Communications
“A new approach developed by researchers at MIT could provide a significant step forward in quantum error correction.”
“The main issues we now face in developing quantum technologies are that current systems are small and noisy……”
“…….unwanted disturbance of any kind, is especially vexing because many quantum systems are inherently highly sensitive……”
“The quantum system they’re working with consists of carbon nuclei near a particular kind of defect in a diamond crystal called a nitrogen vacancy center. These defects behave like single, isolated electrons, and their presence enables the control of the nearby carbon nuclei.”
“But the team found that the overwhelming majority of the noise affecting these nuclei came from one single source: random fluctuations in the nearby defects themselves.”
“This noise source can be accurately modeled, and suppressing its effects could have a major impact, as other sources of noise are relatively insignificant.”
“If it works as expected, this could make up an important component of future quantum-based technologies including quantum computers , quantum communications systems or highly sensitive sensor systems.”
“The research was supported by the U.S. Army Research Office and the National Science Foundation.”
“In a future built on quantum technologies, planes and spaceships could be fueled by the momentum of light. Quantum computers will crunch through complex problems spanning chemistry to cryptography…..”
“But before this future can come to pass, we need bright, on-demand, predictable sources of quantum light. “
“Toward this end, a team of Stanford University in collaboration with labs at Harvard University and the University of Technology Sydney, have been investigating hexagonal boron nitride……”
“Unfortunately, hexagonal boron nitride has a significant downside: It emits light in a rainbow of different hues. “
“By employing a combination of microscopic methods, the scientists were able to trace the material’s colorful emission to specific atomic defects.”
“We needed to know how these defects couple to the environment and if that could be used as a fingerprint to identify and control them…..”
“…..the team envisions strategic placement of quantum emitters, as well as turning their emission on and off for future quantum computers.”
- Boron nitride aerogel
- Boron nitride colloidal solutions, ultralight aerogels and freestanding membranes
- Biocompatible Hydroxylated Boron Nitride Nanosheets
Artificial Intelligence – AI
Sharpen the Pitchforks
“According to the paper, past examples of new technology suggest it will take longer than companies predict for workplaces to become fully transformed by AI, and some jobs might not be as easily replaceable as economists believe. This means researchers have more time to gain a deeper understanding of how workplace automation will affect society, in order to have more say in how it unfolds.”
“Maybe the reasons our neighborhoods work well is that so many of us are away from them during the day. We might have to rethink all of these things — and that’s what the paper argues we should do…”
“Researchers and policymakers also need to weigh the societal benefits of work, in order to make informed decisions about which jobs are worth saving.”
“We might decide, ‘Maybe AI can do this better than a person, but we don’t care, because we get some value out of it.”
Cultocracy note :
Several copies of this particular paper where handed to the board of several large industrial corporations .
Where they were promptly shredded .
I wonder how the established power structures hope to deal with a restless , angry and disenfranchised public ?
Ethical Murder , Global Racketeering and Destruction
“The US Department of Defense (DoD) has formally adopted a set of principles to use artificial intelligence (AI) for military use .”
“In October 2019, the recommendations for use of the technology were provided to Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper by the Defense Innovation Board. These recommendations came after 15 months of consultation with leading AI specialists in several industries like the government, academia, commercial, and the public. “
“The move aligns with the DoD’s AI strategy objective directing the country’s military lead in AI ethics and the legal use of AI systems. “
“As the existing framework delivers technology-neutral and enduring foundation for ethical behaviour, the use of AI increases new ethical uncertainties and risks. This is where the new principles will play their role by addressing the new challenges.”
“According to a UK government report issued earlier this month, the government was ‘failing on openness’ with regards to its AI usage, although a specific regulator was not proposed as the answer. “
“The report added that fears over ‘black box AI’, whereby data produces results through unexplainable methods, were largely misplaced.”
It almost sounds like there are those in power who are concerned about the current misuse of AI…….
Or at least the possible potential financial price of misuse……
I wonder why ?
Ethical AI – UK
“The UK does not need a specific regulator for artificial intelligence (AI), according to a new government report – yet more clarity needs to be given around usage and ethics in the public sector.”
“Public sector organisations are not sufficiently transparent about their use of AI and it is too difficult to find out where machine learning is currently being used in government…..”
“It is too early to judge if public sector bodies are successfully upholding accountability.”
“As with any technology that relies on data, garbage in means garbage out. From facial recognition in policing to helping diagnose and treat patients on the NHS….”
UK government “failing on openness” – Guilty
UK government “Successfully upholding accountability” – Not guilty
Same as it’s ever been .
Shock , Horror……..UK Met Commissioner is Establishment Stooge
“The chief commissioner of the Metropolitan Police has dismissed critics of law enforcement using facial recognition systems.”
“Met Commissioner Cressida Dick was speaking at the Royal United Services Institute think tank on Monday. Much of Dick’s speech was spent on making the case for British police to use modern technologies to tackle crime.”
“Dick accused critics of police facial recognition technology as being “highly inaccurate or highly ill-informed.” “
“Needless to say, this angered said critics who believe Dick is the one who is ill-informed…”
“Dick says she welcomes a public debate about facial recognition but attacked organisations such as Big Brother Watch and Liberty who brought the attention to the wider public.“
“Big Brother Watch tweeted. “Dick would do better to acknowledge and engage with the real, serious concerns….”
“Met Police tests of facial recognition technology so far have been nothing short of a complete failure.“
“…..police should not be allowed to use tech lawfully and proportionally to catch criminal……Dick argued.”
“An initial trial, at the 2016 Notting Hill Carnival, led to not a single person being identified. A follow-up trial the following year led to no legitimate matches but 35 false positives.”
“Needless to say, this angered said critics who believe Dick is the one who is ill-informed by ignoring an independent report which suggests the technology in question only works in just 19 percent of cases.”
“This report raises significant concerns regarding the human rights law compliance of the trials.”
- Dick (Wikipedia)
- Secrecy Shrouds Unknown Role Of Top UK Government Official
- Set up to Fail
- Dick talks tech
- Dick: Facial recognition critics should face up to victims of crime
- Dick is Common Purpose
- FOIA Request – Dick
- London’s ‘Thick Dick’ Cop – A Menace To Free Speech!
Further AI related reading :
5G & IoT
Smart Phones make you Dumb
“As smart phones have become a pervasive part of daily life over the last decade or so, they’ve changed the way people socialize and communicate. They’re always around and always within reach, or nearly always.”
“So what happens to people’s brains and bodies when their phones are out of reach, or within reach but not usable?”
“Markowitz and colleagues found that participants without their phones had more difficulty concentrating and more mind wandering compared to those who used their phone. And those who had to resist using their phone had greater perceived concentration abilities than those who sat without their phone.”
“At least having it front of you was psychologically better than not having it all…”
“Markowitz said his study also fits in a framework of trying to understand if technology, or media in general, are mirrors or modifiers of human behavior.“
5G to the Rescue
“Today, Huawei announced their support for Hubei Mobile and Hubei Unicom to launch 5G base stations in the Wuhan Vulcan Mountain Hospital. As you’ve probably heard by now, the Wuhan Vulcan Mountain Hospital is the building China is trying to build as quickly as possible to fight against the Coronavirus epidemic.“
“At present, the three major operators in Hubei have already established and opened a 5G network near the hospital. 5G will help the Vulcan Mountain Hospital achieve ultra-high-speed network connectivity. Ensuring high-speed data access, data collection, remote consultation, remote monitoring and other services.“
Cultocracy note :
Window dressing alert…..
Shine a Light
“Implants that can probe the brain at the individual neuron level are not widely available to researchers.“
“Researchers at the University of Arizona, George Washington University and Northwestern University have created an ultra-small, wireless, battery-free device that uses light to record individual neurons so neuroscientists can see how the brain is working.“
“The process first involves tinting select neurons with a dye that changes in brightness depending on activity. Then, the device shines a light on the dye, making the neurons’ biochemical processes visible. “
“The device captures the changes using a probe only slightly wider than a human hair, then processes a direct readout of the neuron’s activity and transmits the information wirelessly to researchers.”
“The device can be tiny, and even flexible like a sheet of paper, because it does not need a battery. It harvests energy from external oscillating magnetic fields gathered by a miniature antenna on the device.“
“We hope that the technology can make a difference in fighting neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and cast light on the biological mechanisms, such as pain, addiction and depression.“
Ion Channel Stimulation
“In this paper, a chip-scale device consisting of piezoelectric Aluminum Nitride ultrasonic transducers was engineered to deliver gigahertz (GHz) ultrasonic stimulus to the human neural cells.”
“………an ultrasonic transducer integrated with and controlled by CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) electronics can implement closed loop systems that can feedback regulate delivered ultrasonic power, and also communicate to the external electronics through RF or ultrasonic communication links. “
“This paper reports on the direct mechanical effects of GHz ultrasonic stimulation on ion channels, negating possible electrical or thermal effects.”
“This study opens the door to many new possibilities for engineering, treating, and understanding neural tissue.“
- GHz Ultrasonic Chip-Scale Device Induces Ion Channel Stimulation in Human Neural Cells
- Supplementary Material (PDF)
Brain Computer Interface – BCI
Internet Mind Meld
“Brain functions are made possible by circuits of spiking neurons…….”
“In this new study, published in the scientific journal Nature Scientific Reports, the scientists created a hybrid neural network where biological and artificial neurons in different parts of the world were able to communicate with each other over the internet……..”
“During the study, researchers cultivated rat neurons in their laboratory, whilst partners created artificial neurons on Silicon microchips. The virtual laboratory was brought together via an elaborate setup controlling nanoelectronic synapses .”
“These synaptic devices are known as memristors.”
“We are very excited with this new development. On one side it sets the basis for a novel scenario that was never encountered during natural evolution, where biological and artificial neurons are linked together and communicate across global networks….”
“On the other hand, it brings new prospects to neuroprosthetic technologies, paving the way towards research into replacing dysfunctional parts of the brain with AI chips.“
Cultocracy note :
Some scientists are truly insane……
Human Machine Interface – HMI
The Human Touch
“In this week’s issue of Applied Physics Reviews scientists report the development of a new tactile-enhancement system based on a highly sensitive sensor.”
“The crack-based sensor used in this device was inspired by a spider’s slit organ…”
“This pattern of cracks in the exoskeleton allows the spider to detect small movements. In the same way, the ultrathin crack-based strain sensor, or UCSS, uses cracks formed in a thin layer of electrically conductive silver. “
“They attached UCSSs to gloves, either on the fingertips or on the back of the hand, producing a type of electronic skin, or e-skin. Tiny movements, as small as a person’s pulse moving the tip of a finger, could be monitored. “
“These results demonstrate the wide applications of our ultrathin strain sensor in e-skin and human-machine interfaces.”
Remote Sensing & Stimulation
Cultocracy note :
Another month , another mad mouse terror attack , just like clockwork .
A man called Tobias Rathjen seemingly went postal and shot up a shisha cafe in Germany on the 20th of February .
Buzzwords which were splashed over the related articles in an otherwise eerily subdued press .
Just for good measure , a brand spanking new website also attributed to Tobias Rathjen apparently contained comments on ‘aliens’ and ‘underground bases’ .
For even gooder (sic) measure , many MSM reports also stated that Tobias Rathjen was a ‘Trump supporter’ .
A threadbare narrative to the informed , which is now starting to sound like a ‘conspiracy theory’ in itself .
Less well publicized is the fact that Tobias Rathjen had contacted the authorities in Germany months before the shooting complaining that he was under ‘surveillance’ .
In the letter , Tobias Rathjen asked prosecutors to ‘approach me and communicate with me‘ .
Something , you would think , should have caused the alarm bells to ring out .
Although certain MSM sources make a specific point of refuting the possibility that Tobias Rathjen was on any German authority watch list at all .
Unusual , especially when you realize that by now most state authorities must realize that manufactured terror is real , this is discounting the possibility that internal state factions have themselves been compromised .
Even less well publicized is why the authorities did not investigate the approach by Rathjen , particularly interesting when you consider that Rathjen owned licensed firearms .
A rambling manifesto attributed to Tobias Rathjen suggests that he was deliberately targeted and that he knew he was being targeted .
The question is by whom and what is the agenda ?
Good luck with that one .
You can read a copy of the manifesto at the link below .
“Scientists led by Blanca del Rosal have developed a technique that uses thermosensitive nanoparticles to measure brain temperature through the skin and the skull.”
“The nanoparticles emit near-infrared light which, unlike visible light, can penetrate biological tissue.”
“This enabled the researchers to monitor brain temperature in real-time….”
DARPA and Friends
“BAE Systems was awarded a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop the next generation of mixed-signal electronics that could enable new Department of Defense (DoD) applications including high capacity, robust communications, radars, and precision sensors, and lead to solutions that enhance situational awareness and survivability for the warfighter.”
“The new developments could be integrated into electronic warfare, communications, precision munitions, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms.”
“The advanced electronics we are developing under the T-MUSIC program could create the foundation for greatly enhanced Department of Defense capabilities in advanced RF sensors and high capacity communications.”
Cultocracy note :
Orbital Angular Momentum (OAM) is a relatively new field of research .
It potentially offers new systems of quantum communications .
OAM can be transferred to many different wavelengths , including visible light and microwaves .
Techniques originally developed for microscopy are often also transferable to larger real world scenarios .
“The phenomenon of orbital angular momentum (OAM) affects a variety of important applications in visible optics, including optical tweezers, free-space communication, and 3D localization for fluorescence imaging.”
“Such beams have previously been used within the fields of free-space communication, computational imaging with enhanced depth resolution, and optical tweezers….”
“In the x-ray community, vortex beams have been generated by means of spiral phase plates and experimentally studied using interferometry………”
“Recent work demonstrated time-dependent OAM in extreme ultraviolet beams, resulting in self-torque…..”
“In conclusion, we have generated helical soft x-ray beams using DOEs and characterized their properties by means of ptychography.”
Further reading :
- Microwave-Sensing Technology Using Orbital Angular Momentum: Overview of Its Advantages
- A Novel Scheme for MIMO-SAR Systems Using Rotational Orbital Angular Momentum (PDF)
- Super-resolution radar imaging based on experimental OAM beams
- High-capacity millimetre-wave communications with orbital angular momentum multiplexing
- Leiden physicists entangle four rotating photons
- Twisted Photons: New Quantum Perspectives in High Dimensions (PDF)
- Detecting Orbital Angular Momentum of Light in Satellite-to-Ground Quantum Communications
Cultocracy note :
There is already a wealth of research available regarding the secrets of the human mind , much of which has not yet been published .
In the future , at what point will man and machine become indistinguishable from each other ?
A partnership ?
Or a merger ?
Or a takeover….
“Despite billions of dollars spent and decades of research, computation in the human brain remains largely a mystery. Meanwhile, we have made great strides in the development of artificial neural networks, which are designed to loosely mimic how brains compute.”
“In a paper published in Nature Neuroscience, my co-authors and I argue that the lessons we have learned from artificial neural networks can guide us down the right path of understanding the brain as a computational system rather than as a collection of indecipherable cells.”
“Given the ability of modern artificial neural networks to solve complex problems, a framework for systems neuroscience guided by machine learning insights may unlock valuable secrets about the human brain.”
Big Brain – Big Data
“A big data approach to neuroscience promises to significantly improve our understanding of the relationship between brain activity and performance.”
“To date, there have been relatively few attempts to use a big-data approach within the emerging field of neurotechnology.”
“The Army in particular is interested in how the cognitive state of Soldiers can affect their performance during a mission. If you can understand the brain, you can predict and even enhance cognitive performance.”
“Researchers from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory teamed with the University of Texas at San Antonio and Intheon Labs to develop a first-of-its-kind mega-analysis of brain imaging data–in this case electroencephalography, or EEG.”
“The vast majority of human neuroscientific studies use a very small number of participants employed in very specific tasks……”
“Mega-analysis seeks to address this by aggregating large, heterogeneous datasets to identify universal features that link neural activity, cognitive state and task performance.”
“Next-generation neurotechnologies will require a thorough understanding of this relationship in order to mitigate deficits or augment performance…”
Cultocracy note :
I wonder if there is a dark and sinister system already in place which can leverage unwitting human targets into a massive mega-analysis which could be used to develop next generation neurotechnologies ?
Volunteers need not apply .
“University of Central Florida researchers are helping to close the gap separating human and machine minds. “
“…..a UCF research team showed that by combining two promising nanomaterials into a new superstructure, they could create a nanoscale device that mimics the neural pathways of brain cells used for human vision.”
“This is a baby step toward developing neuromorphic computers, which are computer processors that can simultaneously process and memorize information….”
“To test their device’s ability to see objects through neuromorphic computing, the researchers used it in facial recognition experiments…..”
“Roy said a potential use for the technology is for drone-assisted rescues.”
“Imagine a drone that can fly without guidance to remote mountain sites and locate stranded mountaineers………”
- Researchers develop device that mimics brain cells used for human vision
- Ultrasensitive and ultrathin phototransistors and photonic synapses using perovskite quantum dots grown from graphene lattice
Cultocracy note :
Take the blinkers off Roy .
Although to be fair , both Yemen and Afghanistan are mountainous countries .
- Smart contact lens has potential to improve sight for many
- Retina-inspired carbon nitride-based photonic synapses for selective detection of UV light
Computer Generated Life
“All organisms on our planet store the molecular blueprint of life in a DNA code within their genome. “
“The digital revolution in biology, driven by DNA sequencing, enables us to read the genomes of the myriads of microbes and multi-cellular organisms that populate our world.”
“Using this incredible treasure trove of molecular building blocks, bio-engineers learn to read (sequence) and write (using chemical synthesis) long DNA molecules and to breed useful microbes with the help of computers.”
“In his research, Beat Christen, Professor of Experimental Systems Biology and researchers in the Christen Lab, ETH Zurich in Zurich, Switzerland use a digital genome design algorithm in conjunction with large-scale chemical DNA synthesis to physically produce artificial genomes and understand the code of life at the molecular level.
“The research team has physically produced Caulobacter ethensis-2.0, the world’s first fully computer-generated genome.”
“During the AAAS 2020 session, “Synthetic Biology: Digital Design of Living Systems” Christen will discuss possible future applications of synthetic genomes for industrial purposes and health benefits.”
“He will also talk about the need for profound discussions in society about the challenges and purposes for which this technology can be used and, at the same time, about how potential for abuse can be prevented.“
Atom Scale Materials
“Every age in the history of human civilisation has a signature material, from the Stone Age, to the Bronze and Iron Ages. We might even call today’s information-driven society the Silicon Age. “
“So if we are about to exhaust the potential of silicon nanomaterials, what will be our next signature material? That’s where “atomaterials” come in. “
““Atomaterials” is short for “atomic materials”, so called because their properties depend on the precise configuration of their atoms. It is a new but rapidly developing field. “
“Using lasers, we can fashion these atomic structures into miniaturised devices with exceptional performance. “
“A material shaped like a one-dimensional DNA helix might further push the limits on a transistor’s size. The material comes from a rare earth element called tellurium. “
“Over the past few years, transistors have been built as small as a few nanometers in lab settings. The goal is to build transistors the size of atoms. “
“Silicon atoms look straight, but these tellurium atoms are like a snake. This is a very original kind of structure…..”
“The wiggles were the atoms strongly bonding to each other in pairs to form DNA-like helical chains……..”
“This research reveals more about a promising material that could achieve faster computing , said Joe Qiu, program manager for the U.S. Army Research Office, which funded this work.”
“That technology would have important applications for the Army.”
“An Israeli startup, Sonovia Ltd., says it may have the ability to create virus resistance masks and textiles to help combat the coronavirus by using a nanotechnology process it developed to impregnate textiles with antifungal and antibacterial chemicals.”
“Studies have shown that nanoparticles of zinc, silver and graphite are all viral inhibitors…..”
“Sonovia has developed an ultrasonic fabric finishing technology for the mechanical impregnation of zinc oxite nanoparticles — which are known to be strong anti-microbial and anti-viral agents — into textiles in a permanent manner. “
Cultocracy note :
Available globally very soon .
Except for Palestine .
Cultocracy note :
Amazing how many scientists are researching technologies that are in some way or another connected to the human brain .
“Researchers have created a unique device which will unlock the elusive terahertz wavelengths and make revolutionary new technologies possible. “
“Terahertz waves (THz) sit between microwaves and infrared in the light frequency spectrum, but due to their low energy, scientists have been unable to harness their potential. The conundrum is known in scientific circles as the “terahertz gap.” “
“A team of physicists has created a new type of optical transistor—a working THz amplifier—using graphene and a high-temperature superconductor.”
“One major application would be as a safe, non-destructive alternative to X-rays.”
“He added that such a device would vastly improve current technology and allow scientists to reveal more about the human brain.”
“The universe is full of terahertz radiation and signals, in fact, all biological organisms both absorb and emit it.”
“I expect that with such an amplifier available, we will be able to discover many mysteries of nature, for example, how chemical reactions and biological processes are going on, or how our brain operates and how we think.”
Electricity out of Thin Air
“Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed a device that uses a natural protein to create electricity from moisture in the air….”
“The Air-gen connects electrodes to protein nanowires in such a way that electrical current is generated from the water vapor naturally present in the atmosphere.”
“We are literally making electricity out of thin air…”
“The researchers say that the current generation of Air-gen devices are able to power small electronics….”
“Next steps they plan include developing a small Air-gen “patch” that can power electronic wearables……”
“This is just the beginning of new era of protein-based electronic devices………”
Sonar Killing Whales
“We have known for a long time that naval sonar has devastating effects on marine life but just exactly how it leads to sickness and death was a mystery till now.”
“In new research published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, they discovered that the sound emitted by sonar is so intense that marine mammals will swim hundreds of miles, dive deep into the abyss or even beach themselves to flee from the sounds that are literally unbearable to them. “
“The stress response, in other words, overrides the diving response, which makes the animals accumulate nitrogen.”
“It’s like an adrenalin shot.”
- Researchers Have Identified How Naval Sonar Is Killing And Beaching Whales
- Advances in research on the impacts of anti-submarine sonar on beaked whales (PDF)
Cultocracy note :
Know exactly how they feel .
- Kent whale: Sperm whale found dead near Sheppey has been towed to Peel Ports for examination
- Thousands of fish and insects killed as unidentified substance pollutes Somerset river
Health & Medical
Poisoned Forever and Ever
“Summary: Exposure to perfluorooctane sulfonate and perfluorooctanoic acid, so-called “forever chemicals,” results in a decline of both dopamine levels and dopamine neurons in roundworms.”
“The human-made chemicals that make our kitchen pans stick-free, our athletic wear water-repellent and firefighting chemicals more efficient do their jobs incredibly well, but it’s at the expense of lingering in the body and environment for what is believed to be forever.”
“Even if production completely stopped, the world will still live with them forever.”
“These chemicals are detectable in the blood of almost every human. They are often found in other species, as well, including polar bear and whale brains….”
“The carbon-fluorine bond is one of the strongest in nature, and it is difficult to break down….”
“These forever chemicals are something that Cannon refers to as a major public health issue as adverse health effects have been shown to affect hormones and other aspects of the endocrine system.”
“And which regions they accumulate within the brain is unknown….”
“This study found that PFOS exposure led to selective decreases of dopamine levels in Northern leopard frogs, a sentinel species.”
“Northern leopard frog larvae were used for testing because their brains feature certain chemical bio features that are more similar to those in humans…….”
- What the brain really thinks about forever chemicals
- Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) Produces Dopaminergic Neuropathology in Caenorhabditis elegans
- Blasting ‘forever’ chemicals out of water with a vortex of cold plasma
- Dark Waters: is pollution threat a ‘ticking timebomb’?
Laser Printer Poison
“Laser printer-emitted nanoparticles (PEPs) generated from toners during printing represent one of the most common types of life cycle released particulate matter from nano-enabled products.”
“Whole-body inhalation of PEPs perturbed transcriptional activities associated with cardiovascular dysfunction, metabolic syndrome, and neural disorders….”
“If something alters a rat’s, or a person’s, genetic material, it can disrupt how cells make proteins. And protein production is crucial to life itself.”
“She and her team discovered that a single day of toner-particle exposure was enough to disturb the activity of genes associated with metabolism, immune response and other essential biological processes in the rat models.”
“In particular, there is one group I really think should know about this: pregnant women. “
“Because once a lot of these genes are changed, they get passed on through the generations. It’s not just you.”
$cientific $cammer of the month
Glyphosate Corruption and Fraud
“A new report reveals that the Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology (LPT) Hamburg committed fraud in a series of regulatory tests, several of which had been carried out as part of the glyphosate re-approval process in 2017.”
“The laboratory was caught manipulating GLP toxicity studies by replacing dead animals with living ones, changing tumour findings to “inflammations”, and generally distorting the data to please its clients.”
“It is highly concerning that GLP studies are still considered the golden scientific standard by regulatory authorities who seem to believe that cheating under GLP is impossible.”
“The laboratory (LPT) is currently facing criminal charges…..”
“For years, European Member States, EFSA and the Commission have been defending the belief that an industry-funded GLP study is more reliable than a non-industry, non-GLP study.”
“Thousands of relevant independent pesticide studies showing harm to humans or nature have been discarded by regulators because they are not GLP……”
“It is time for citizens’ health to take precedence over companies’ profit……”
- Fraud in German laboratory casts additional doubts on the 2017 re-approval of glyphosate and on the entire EU pesticide safety evaluation procedure
- Fraud in German laboratory casts more doubts on 2017 re-approval of glyphosate
Cultocracy note :
Never forget :
Government regulatory agencies = Dirty , filthy , corrupt , greedy , parasitical vermin .
A bit like most other government agencies .
In fact a bit like government itself .
Cambridge Winos Mega Analysis
“The size of glass used for serving wine can influence the amount of wine drunk, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge, funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR).”
“Alcohol is the fifth largest contributor to early death in high income countries and the seventh world-wide.”
“One proposed way of reducing the amount of alcohol consumed is to reduce the size of wine glasses, though until now the evidence supporting such a move has been inconclusive and often contradictory.”
“The volume of wine sold in restaurants in England may be greater when 370‐ml glasses are used compared with 300‐ml wine glasses, but may not be in bars.”
“This might be related to restaurants compared with bars selling more wine in bottles and carafes, which require free‐pouring.”
“Declaration of interests”
- Wine glass size may influence how much you drink in restaurants
- The effect of wine glass size on volume of wine sold: a mega‐analysis of studies in bars and restaurants
Cultocracy note :
Nice work if you can get it .
Bet the team had a good ol’ time ‘researching’ this particular topic .
A mega-analysis of my own :
One proposed way of reducing the amount of public spending is to reduce the size of grants for bulls**t research .
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