Nanotechnology News – September 2018

Synthetic Biology


Cultocracy note :

Synthetic Biology is one of the current buzzwords within scientific circles .

It has been one of the current buzzwords within deep state labs for decades .

Synthetic Biology can best be described as “altering, adding or deleting gene functions by targeted genetic modifications” .

A convergence of biology and engineering , bioengineering in short .

Like most scientific disciplines it can be used for good or evil .

Like most scientific disciplines we can expect Synthetic Biology to eventually be weaponized , bastardized , commercialized and commoditized .

All in the name of profit and power .

All at the expense of the natural environment and ourselves .


Future Directions

As for the general direction synthetic biology research will take , we can perhaps look at a recent publication from the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) titled ‘Synthetic Biology in Australia – An outlook to 2030’ .

In particular a survey on page 123 of the document may yield a few pointers .

The survey participants were ‘stakeholders at universities, publicly funded research organisations, commercial entities and government agencies’ .

As is usually the case the general public were excluded from the survey . You can guarantee that the public will be included in future surveys conducted by the above groups , although not in the context the public would like .

Australia-Syn-Biology-Survey

Red or Green ?

The survey participants were required to provide their full name and address , so we can probably assume that many were overtly conscious of the scrutiny and potential pitfalls that could (or could not) befall them if their answers were in any way misconstrued by higher policy makers with entrenched agendas .

The survey results suggest either a naivety towards the technology or more likely a schizoid approach to research and development which is prevalent in modern scientific research . The scientists and academics seem prone to half burying their heads in the sand , or maybe it constitutes a unique form of cognitive dissonance , scientific style .

In modern times the corporate world and ‘defence’ industries provide the bulk of research funding , I am sure the scientists and academics know exactly where this could possibly lead , this is apparent in the survey results .

On the one hand the scientific institutions agree that the building blocks of synthetic biology should be thoroughly researched , this can be seen in rows 1-5 which are all green for go with very little disagreement . On the other hand the scientists also seem to acknowledge that the research may soon turn to the dark side (rows 11-14 , Radiation to Tissue Engineering) , or at least some of them do .

Quite perturbing is the fact that many respondents strongly agree that tissue engineering (humanoid technology) , radiation mutagenesis (blasted with radiation) and pluripotent stem cell research (often involving human embryo tissue) , are all ok . You can expect that this generalized group of ‘Mengele Minds’ will receive the bulk of research funding , at the expense of more humane , honest and moral minds .

It should be noted that like most deep state operations , scientific research and development is fully compartmentalized . Imagine the individual building blocks of a house . Only the architects are aware of the final grand design .

Maybe in the future we will all have Five Eyes , and ears , and brains , and arms , and………….

Synthetic Biology – Further Reading

  1. Synthetic biology: promises and challenges
  2. The synthetic biology revolution is now – here’s what that means
  3. Experts warn of synthetic ‘bioweapons’ danger
  4. Synthetic Biology
  5. Synthetic Biology Applications
  6. What is Synthetic Biology?
  7. Synthetic biology – CRISPR Cas Systems


Nanotechnology News – September 2018


Cultocracy note :

The lines between each individual discipline within the broader heading of nanotechnology are becoming increasingly blurred . A technical breakthrough in one discipline is equally transferable to another seemingly unconnected discipline .

Many technologies are being researched in the push towards a more ‘green’ environment , most are purely commercial .

Although it is a step in the right direction , there is very little research regarding the potentially detrimental impact of nanotechnologies in the context of the wider environment .

This is usually the case when money takes over , the nano goldrush has started .

For others nanotechnology research is the modern day equivalent of the search for a unicorn .

The same applies to ‘medical’ research , there is a huge push towards the commercialization of DNA based nanotechnology .


DNA


 Cultocracy note :

There is a blurred line between commercial & military research .

Biotechnology is now attracting large scale investment .

Investors always want a quick return on their cash .

Human guinea pigs will be required .

You need not apply .


“The hope and hype of CRISPR genome editing”

“Genome editing based on CRISPR-Cas9 nucleases is still in the early stages, and its safety and efficacy in various applications will require further preclinical studies in appropriate animal models and carefully designed human clinical trials.”

 

“First test of in-body gene editing shows promise”

“A therapy that edits genes directly in the human body might be safe, suggest early findings from the first trial to test the approach.”

“That explanation might not have been enough to placate investors: Sangamo’s stock dropped by 22% in the hours after the presentation.”

 

“Pivotal CRISPR patent battle won by Broad Institute”

“A fierce and unprecedented patent battle between two educational institutions might be nearing a close, after a US appeals court issued a decisive ruling on the rights to CRISPR–Cas9 gene editing.”

 

“Red glow helps identify nanoparticles for delivering RNA therapies”

“A new screening process could dramatically accelerate the identification of nanoparticles suitable for delivering therapeutic RNA into living cells. The technique would allow researchers to screen hundreds of nanoparticles at a time, identifying the organs in which they accumulate—and verifying that they can successfully deliver an RNA cargo into living cells.”

 

“Japan set to allow gene editing in human embryos”

“Japan has issued draft guidelines that allow the use of gene-editing tools in human embryos.”

“Manipulating DNA in embryos could reveal insights into early human development. Researchers also hope that in the long term, these tools could be used to fix genetic mutations that cause diseases, before they are passed on.”


Cultocracy note :

A waste of time , looks like the Japanese aren’t doing much ‘passing on’ in the first place .




Neural


brain-technology

Cultocracy note :

The BRAIN Initiative continues at a rapid pace . The research findings are being applied to a wide variety of subliminal technologies .

The research is not related to finding cures for neurodegenerative disease , exactly the opposite .

In the future we will have to completely rethink what is categorized as a disease .


“A new way to capture the brain’s electrical symphony”

“How voltage readings from individual neurons could power the next revolution in neuroscience.”

“……..a fluorescent protein engineered into specific mammalian neurons could be used to track individual electric impulses in real time.”

“The average human brain contains about 120 billion neurons, which constantly receive and send information through branch-like appendages called dendrites. Chemical or electrical signals that reach the dendrites produce small voltage changes across the cell’s membrane, which are routed to the cell body. When the sum of the voltage changes reaches a point of no return, called a threshold, the neuron fires a large electrical spike — an action potential.”

“So far, GEVIs have proved successful in tracking individual action potentials in both cultured neurons, grown in a dish, and in the intact brains of a wide range of animals, from insects to mice .”

“Nanocomposite fiber optic sensor measures tiny magnetic fields”

“Researchers have developed a light-based technique for measuring very weak magnetic fields, such as those produced when neurons fire in the brain.”

“The inexpensive and compact sensors could offer an alternative to the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems currently used to map brain activity without the expensive cooling or electromagnetic shielding required by MRI machines.”

“They selected nanoparticles based on magnetite and cobalt because these materials exhibit very high magnetic sensitivity.”

“The researchers detected the polarization rotation using an optical interferometer.”

“Next, the researchers…..want to fabricate several hundred sensors to make a system for evaluating and imaging the entire magnetic field of a human brain.”


Cultocracy note :

I suffered a mild concussion after reading that the above system could potentially be used to screen concussion in soldiers , who will require the nano implants neuroprosthetics to be embedded in their brain , which could possibly lead to concussion .

I suffered a major concussion when I read that the research was funded by DARPA .


“Snooker in the live cell”

“They used a photoactivatable, dual-chemically induced dimerization (pdCID) system to control the positioning of organelles and proteins at multiple locations in a single cell.”

“This system combines two chemical reactions that form protein dimers in a single cell. One of them could be controlled by light.”

“The MAC approach could also be used to emulate or interfere with disease conditions….”



Implants Bioelectronics and Neuroprosthetics


Cultocracy note :

Implants Bioelectronics and Neuroprosthetics are increasingly being developed as part of the Internet of Things (IoT) .

Spray on antennas and membranes that can be used as speakers or microphones ?

Smart phones + Dumb people = Dumb phones


 “Nanomembranes turn your skin into a loudspeaker”

“An international team of researchers, affiliated with Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) has presented an innovative wearable technology that will turn your skin into a loudspeaker. ”

“…..the research team has developed ultrathin, transparent, and conductive hybrid nanomembranes with nanoscale thickness, consisting of an orthogonal silver nanowire array embedded in a polymer matrix. ”

“They, then, demonstrated their nanomembrane by making it into a loudspeaker that can be attached to almost anything to produce sounds. ”

“The researchers also introduced a similar device, acting as a microphone, which can be connected to smartphones and computers to unlock voice-activated security systems.”

 

“Spray-on antennas could unlock potential of smart, connected technology”

“….a breakthrough by researchers in Drexel’s College of Engineering, could now make installing an antenna as easy as applying some bug spray.”

“….made from a type of two-dimensional, metallic material called MXene.”

“We found that even transparent antennas with thicknesses of tens of nanometers were able to communicate efficiently,”

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Graphene


snowflakes

Cultocracy note :

Graphene is an extremely versatile material .

Useful in quantum computing and biosensing applications which utilize spintronics .


“Team finds Wigner crystal—not Mott insulator—in ‘magic-angle’ graphene”

“Recently, a team of scientists led by Pablo Jarillo-Herrero at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) created a huge stir in the field of condensed matter physics when they showed that two sheets of graphene twisted at specific angles—dubbed “magic-angle” graphene—display two emergent phases of matter not observed in single sheets of graphene. Graphene is a honeycomb lattice of carbon atoms—it’s essentially a one-atom-thick layer of graphite, the dark, flaky material in pencils. ”

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“Device uses graphene plasmons to convert mid-infrared light to electrical signals”

“A team of researchers has developed a device that uses the material graphene to detect mid-infrared light and efficiently convert it to electrical signal at room temperature. It’s a breakthrough that could lead to better communications systems, thermal imagers and other technologies.”

“Graphene is a kind of material that can convert mid-infrared light into plasmons and then subsequently the plasmons can convert into heat.”

“It can effectively detect the mid-infrared light at room temperature.”

“This makes the graphene detector highly suitable for high-speed free-space communication applications in mid-infrared .”

 

“Graphene enables clock rates in the terahertz range”

“Graphene—an ultrathin material consisting of a single layer of interlinked carbon atoms—is considered a promising candidate for the nanoelectronics of the future.”
“Today’s silicon-based electronic components operate at clock rates of several hundred gigahertz (GHz), that is, they are switching several billion times per second. The electronics industry is currently trying to access the terahertz (THz) range, i.e., up to thousand times faster clock rates.”

“With this breakthrough, the researchers are paving the way for ultrafast graphene-based nanoelectronics”



Nano Polymers

“International effort to uncover properties of polymer nanoparticles”

“From photonics to pharmaceuticals, materials made with polymer nanoparticles hold promise for products of the future. However, there are still gaps in understanding the properties of these tiny plastic-like particles.”

“The characteristics of polymer nanoparticles differ from those of larger particles of the same material.”



Medical

nano-medical-sign

“Wearable ultrasound patch monitors blood pressure deep inside body”

“The patch uses ultrasound, so it could potentially be used to non-invasively track other vital signs and physiological signals from places deep inside the body. ”

“By integrating ultrasound technology into wearables, we can start to capture a whole lot of other signals, biological events and activities going on way below the surface in a non-invasive manner.”

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“Bioadhesive, wirelessly-powered implant emitting light to kill cancer cells”

“……we have developed a wirelessly-powered optoelectronic device that stably fixes itself onto the inner surface of an animal tissue like a sticker with bioadhesive and elastic nanosheets, enabling a continuous, local light delivery to the tumor,”



AI & Quantum Computing


ai-eyes

Friend or Foe ?

Cultocracy note  :

Research into artificial intelligence and hybrid artificial neural networks is closely related to the BRAIN Initiative .

The only problem is , once you have created an artificial brain , how could you then ‘train’ it ?

Or perhaps a more appropriate word should be entrain .


“Artificial synaptic device simulating the function of human brain”

“It is expected to be applied to next-generation intelligent semiconductor device technologies such as development of artificial intelligence (AI) including machine learning and deep learning and brain-mimicking semiconductors”

“We expect to contribute to the development of AI based on the neuromorphic system that mimics the human brain by creating a circuit that imitates the function of neurons.”


Cultocracy note :

The technology described below will not be necessary when 5G is rolled out .

Although it will be necessary if you live in a deep underground bunker and require a secure link to the outside world .


“Tiny camera lens may help link quantum computers to network”

“An international team of researchers led by The Australian National University (ANU) has invented a tiny camera lens, which may lead to a device that links quantum computers to an optical fibre network.”

 

“Novel nano material for quantum electronics”

“An international team has synthesized a novel nano material with electrical and magnetic properties making it suitable for future quantum computers and other applications in electronics.”

“Chromium-Chloride-Pyrazine (chemical formula CrCl2(pyrazine)2) is a layered material, which is a precursor for a so-called 2D material. In principle, a 2D material has a thickness of just a single molecule and this often leads to properties very different from those of the same material in a normal 3D version.”

“However, the novel material is based on a very different concept. While the other candidates are all inorganic — just like graphene — Chromium-Chloride-Pyrazine is an organic/inorganic hybrid material.”

“3-D bioprinting of living structures with built-in chemical sensors”

“An international team of researchers led by Professor Michael Kühl at the Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen has just published a breakthrough in 3D bioprinting.”

“Professor Kühls group implemented oxygen sensitive nanoparticles into a gel material that can be used for 3D printing of complex, biofilm and tissue like structures harboring living cells as well as built-in chemical sensors.”

 

“Robotic electronic skin made from spray-coated tactile sensor”

“Robots will be able to conduct a wide variety of tasks as well as humans if they can be given tactile sensing capabilities.”

“The making of electronic skin to mimic the tactile sensing properties of human skin is an active area of research for various applications such as wearable electronics, robotics, and prosthetics.”

 

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Also related :

“Reimagining of Schrödinger’s cat breaks quantum mechanics — and stumps physicists”

“In a multi-‘cat’ experiment, the textbook interpretation of quantum theory seems to lead to contradictory pictures of reality, physicists claim”

“In the world’s most famous thought experiment, physicist Erwin Schrödinger described how a cat in a box could be in an uncertain predicament. The peculiar rules of quantum theory meant that it could be both dead and alive, until the box was opened and the cat’s state measured”

“Now, two physicists have devised a modern version of the paradox by replacing the cat with a physicist doing experiments — with shocking implications.”

“For now, physicists are likely to continue debating. “I don’t think we’ve made sense of this,” Leifer says.”


Cultocracy note :

“I don’t think we’ve made sense of this”

Understatement of the century .




Internet of Things (IoT)

5g-hand-earth

“Enabling ‘internet of photonic things’ with miniature sensors”

“In the grand world of the “internet of things” (IoT), there are vast numbers of spatially distributed wireless sensors predominately based on electronics. These devices often are hampered by electromagnetic interference, such as disturbed audio or visual signals caused by a low-flying airplane and a kitchen grinder causing unwanted noise on a radio.”

“But optical sensors are immune to electromagnetical interference and can provide a significant advantage in harsh environments,”

 

“Algorithm accurately predicts how electromagnetic waves and magnetic materials interact”

“The tool allows engineers to design new classes of radio frequency-based components that are able to transport large amounts of data more rapidly, and with less noise interference. Future use cases include smartphones to implantable health monitoring devices.”


Cultocracy note :

Above research funded by DARPA .

Haven’t yet come across a public research paper funded by IARPA or one of their equivalents .

Below research :

‘Set phasers to stun’ .


“Tuning terahertz beams with nanoparticles”

“For years, scientists have dismissed terahertz radiation. Why? There were few ways to control this line-of-sight, nonionizing radiation. However, they saw its potential.”

“For example, it could be used for short-range, high-bandwidth communications for tiny medical and environmental sensors.”

“Now, researchers have developed a way to magnetically control terahertz beams using specially designed nanoparticles.”

“This study shows the potential for engineered nanoparticles to magnetically control terahertz beams.”



Environment


green-earth-hand

Cultocracy note :

It may be too late for many aquatic species .

Also new toxins are being introduced to the environment at a daily rate .

I propose a higher rate of tax for the tech $billionaires and their corporate partners .


“Cheap nano-filter scrubs toxic metals from polluted water”

“Researchers from the RMIT University and University of New South Wales (UNSW) present a new filter technology that harnesses naturally occurring nanostructures that grow on liquid metals. The team also shows that their new creation can filter both oils and heavy metals from water. The filter works over 100 times faster than current ones.”

 

“Quick and not-so-dirty: A rapid nano-filter for clean water”

“Australian researchers have designed a rapid nano-filter that can clean dirty water over 100 times faster than current technology. ”

 

” ‘Papertronics’ could fold, biodegrade and be the basis for the next generation of devices”

“It seems like every few months there’s a new cellphone, laptop or tablet that is so exciting people line up around the block to get their hands on it.”

“While the perpetual introduction of new, slightly more advanced electronics has made businesses like Apple hugely successful, the short shelf life of these electronics is bad for the environment.”

“I’ve developed flexible batteries, batteries powered by saliva and more”

 

“Photoelectrode that can harvest 85 percent of visible light”

“Scientists have developed a photoelectrode that can harvest 85 percent of visible light in a 30 nanometers-thin semiconductor layer between gold layers, converting light energy 11 times more efficiently than previous methods.”

 

“Breakthrough could see bacteria used as cell factories to produce biofuels”

“The researchers redesigned and engineered the tiny bacterial cellular structures — known as organelles — so they can be more easily manipulated and deployed to turn bacteria into ‘cell factories’.”

“This breakthrough could open up the possibility of utilising these organelles for a wide variety of applications, including the generation of biofuels, as well as for drug delivery and vaccine development.”

 

“Nanotechnology-enabled devices could soon tap their owners as a battery source”

“Along with human movements, triboelectric nanogenerators can capture energy from common energy sources such as wind, wave, and machine vibration.”

“A TENG is an energy harvesting device that uses the contact between two or more (hybrid, organic or inorganic) materials to produce an electric current.”

 

“Eco-friendly nanoparticles for artificial photosynthesis”

“Researchers at the University of Zurich have developed a type of nanoparticle by adding zinc sulfide to the surface of indium-based quantum dots. These quantum dots produce clean hydrogen fuel from water and sunlight—a sustainable source of energy. They introduce new eco-friendly and powerful materials to solar photocatalysis.”

“Or they could be developed into low-toxic biosensors or non-linear optical materials, for example,”



More Graphene

More Hair

man-hair

Think he’s overdone it on the flexible , wearable photostimulator .


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