Nano Technology News – October 2018



BT owned mobile operator EE has announced that 5G will be rolled out in 16 UK cities in 2019 , the UK authorities are in a rush to trial their own technology and get a head start on any competition .

The technology is in it’s infancy , but aligned with the 5G networks is the global nanosensor market , which intends to turn cities into smart cities and citizens into ‘smart citizens’ .

The nanosensor market is estimated to be worth $4.92 Billion over the next five years . Nanosensors promise to connect everyone and everything .

“The increasing demand of Nanosensors in military and homeland security is the key reason which drives the Global Nanosensors Market.”

“North America is expected to dominate the Global Nanosensors Market in the forecast period due to growing efforts to improve national security.”

Meanwhile a group of scientists and health professionals have called for a moratorium on 5G until the adverse effects on ourselves and the environment have been investigated .

Take a look at the list of signatories in the link above .

As is to be expected , they have been ignored .

Cash and control is King , do not expect any establishment figures to have 5G masts installed in their locale .

Nobel Prize For Chemistry 2018

The 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Frances H. Arnold “for the directed evolution of enzymes” and jointly to George P. Smith and Sir Gregory P. Winter “for the phage display of peptides and antibodies.” 

“This year’s Nobel Laureates in Chemistry have been inspired by the power of evolution and used the same principles — genetic change and selection — to develop proteins that solve humankind’s chemical problems.”

Satisfaction in Science

Cultocracy note :

Nature’s survey offers a snapshot of salaries and career paths in the scientific sector , it does not paint a pretty picture .

Competition for funding was cited as a major factor towards career progression . Basically if you take the cash and sell out you’re rolling in it .

Just like most other Western establishments , if you follow a more honest , ethical and moral path , you will end up skint and possibly out of a job .

Around 30% of scientists also report suffering from mental health issues .

I wonder why that is ?

“The survey asked about salaries, job satisfaction, work–life balance, encounters with discrimination, mental health and other key issues”

” Survey participants were generally unsatisfied with their ability to influence decisions that affect them, job security, career-advancement opportunities and recognition for achievements”

“Sixteen per cent of those surveyed said that they had either received help or were currently getting help for depression or anxiety. Seventeen per cent said that they had not received help but would like to. And 3% had sought help but had yet to receive it. Those responses follow a pattern of widespread unease in science.”

“What is the biggest challenge to your career progression ? :
Competition for funding (55%) highest factor “

UK Division of Brain Science – Imperial College London

“More than 100 members of the Division of Brain Sciences gathered for the annual retreat to celebrate the best of brain research.”

“Professor Paul Grasby, formerly Professor of Psychiatry at Imperial, brought the day to a close with an eye-opening talk titled, “Science, transition and terrorism – reflections on an academic journey from neuroscience to counter terrorism research.”

Cultocracy note :

Neuroscience & counter terrorism research ?!?!?!

What can they mean ?

Nano Technology News – October 2018


“Study provides insight into how nanoparticles interact with biological systems”

“Now a research team of Northwestern University chemists and colleagues from the national Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology has discovered that when certain coated nanoparticles interact with living organisms it results in new properties that cause the nanoparticles to become sticky. Fragmented lipid coronas form on the particles, causing them to stick together and grow into long kelp-like strands.”

“The impact on cells is not known.”

Further reading :


“Functions of lipoprotein receptors in neurons”

“The LDL receptor (LDLR) family is comprised of several multifunctional cell surface proteins that bind and endocytose ligands with diverse biological functions. One ligand common to all LDLR family members is apolipoprotein E (apoE), a lipid transport protein that also plays a central role in the pathogenesis of neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease.”

“There are seven members of the LDLR family in mammals, including the LDLR, the VLDL receptor (VLDLR), apoER2, MEGF7, the LDLR-related protein (LRP), LRP1B and Megalin (Fig. 1) . All are expressed in the developing and/or the adult brain.”

“In the nervous system, non-neuronal cell types, most notably astroglia and microglia, are the primary producers of apoE, while neurons preferentially express the receptors for apoE.”

“apoE is present in abundance in the brain as well as in the cerebrospinal fluid. Lipid-associated apoE binds to LDLR family members on the neuronal cell surface receptors, where it has been shown to modulate neurite outgrowth in an isoform-specific manner”

“ApoE binds to a family of cell surface receptors, the LDL receptor gene fam-

Apolipoprotein E :

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3D Bioprinting

“3D bioprinting technique could create artificial blood vessels, organ tissue”

“CU Boulder engineers have developed a 3D printing technique that allows for localized control of an object’s firmness, opening up new biomedical avenues that could one day include artificial arteries and organ tissue.”



No label on me darlin’

“Public opinion on GMOs might impact similar technologies in stores”

“If an individual is skeptical about the safety of genetically modified foods, chances are they’re wary of nanotechnology, too.”

“Currently, the U.S. does not require labeling the more than 1,800 nano products on the market. Because most of the public is unaware of nanotechnology, people might associate it with GMOs, another complex topic that involves manipulating materials at the molecular level.”


“How to Grow a Custom Mouse Brain”

“Research in mice has already provided clues about how the larger and more complex human brain works. The mouse brain’s small size and the plethora of genetic tools available make it useful for gleaning insight into neurological diseases, Alt says.”

“The new mouse brains his team are able to grow can carry mutations that contribute to autism, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, or various cancers – giving the researchers a way to study specific genetic glitches. The team’s system could speed brain research and even be a step toward growing other types of organs for transplant patients. “The approach is versatile,” Alt says. “It’s a powerful thing.”


“DEET Scrambles Worms’ Sense of Smell”

“The U.S. military developed the insect repellent DEET more than half a century ago, but no one knows how the chemical keeps mosquitoes from biting.”

“The results suggest that DEET interferes with neural circuitry underlying worms’ sense of smell, ultimately jumbling their response to certain odors.”

Cultocracy note :

Hmmmm ….Do the results also suggest that the US military was experimenting with neurally active compounds as early as the 1940’s ? I wonder what exotic substances they have developed in the meantime ?


“Fisetin is a senotherapeutic that extends health and lifespan”

“Senescent cells have been demonstrated to play a causal role in driving aging and age-related diseases..”

“Administration of fisetin to wild-type mice late in life restored tissue homeostasis, reduced age-related pathology, and extended median and maximum lifespan.”

Cultocracy note :

No good if you are actually a zombie .

Implants Neuroprostetics

“Monitoring electromagnetic signals in the brain with MRI”

“For this study, the MIT team shrank the radio antenna down to just a few millimeters in size so that it could be implanted directly into the brain to receive the radio waves generated by water in the brain tissue.”

“MRI is often used to measure changes in blood flow that indirectly represent brain activity, but the MIT team has devised a new type of MRI sensor that can detect tiny electrical currents, as well as light produced by luminescent proteins.”

“The researchers demonstrated that the sensors can pick up electrical signals similar to those produced by action potentials (the electrical impulses fired by single neurons), or local field potentials (the sum of electrical currents produced by a group of neurons).”

“One major advantage of this sensor is that it does not need to carry any kind of power supply, because the radio signals that the external MRI scanner emits are enough to power the sensor.”

“If the sensors were on the order of hundreds of microns, which is what the modeling suggests is in the future for this technology, then you could imagine taking a syringe and distributing a whole bunch of them and just leaving them there,”

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“Latest Cornell dot features a new cancer weapon: antibodies”

“By surrounding fluorescent dyes with a protective silica shell, Cornell University researchers have created fluorescent nanoparticles with possible applications in displays, biological imaging, optical computing, sensors and microarrays such as DNA chips. These are all applications for which quantum dots have been used or are being considered.”

Cultocracy note :

I  will be writing a full article on C-Dots soon(ish) .



“Nanotechnology and Green Technology: How Can the Two Work Hand in Hand?”

“The manufacturing process of nanomaterials can be compared to the chemical manufacturing process and is known to produce harmful pollutants as well as adverse environmental effects. Although these can be mitigated during the initial design stage, it has not been seen as a priority for current industries.”

Cultocracy note :

There is very little enforceable regulation in place regarding nanotechnology & nanomaterials .

Profit always comes first .


“New fuel cell concept brings biological design to better electricity generation”

“Inspired by biology, a team has designed a fuel cell using cheaper materials and an organic compound that shuttles electrons and protons.”


“New spheres trick, trap and terminate water contaminant”

“Scientists have enhanced micron-sized titanium dioxide particles to trap and destroy BPA, a contaminant in water with health implications. The robust particles can be recharged for reuse in water remediation.”



Quantum Computing & Communicaions

Cultocracy note :

Take note of the wide variety of quantum technologies that have ‘sensing & communication’ applications .

“That New Kind of Aurora Called “Steve”? Turns Out, it Isn’t an Aurora at All”


“Toward unhackable communication: Single particles of light could bring the ‘quantum internet'”

“Hacker attacks on everything from social media accounts to government files could be largely prevented by the advent of quantum communication, which would use particles of light called “photons” to secure information rather than a crackable code.”


“Scientists forge ahead with electron microscopy to build quantum materials atom by atom”

“A novel technique that nudges single atoms to switch places within an atomically thin material could bring scientists another step closer to realizing theoretical physicist Richard Feynman’s vision of building tiny machines from the atom up.”

“They used a scanning transmission electron microscope, or STEM, at the lab’s Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences to introduce silicon atoms into a single-atom-thick sheet of graphene. As the electron beam scans across the material, its energy slightly disrupts the graphene’s molecular structure and creates room for a nearby silicon atom to swap places with a carbon atom.”


“Mathematicians confirm the possibility of data transfer via gravitational waves”

“Gravitational waves are waves of curvature in space-time, which, according to General Relativity, are completely determined by space-time itself.”

“They report the possibility of transmitting information with the help of nonmetricity waves and transferring it spatially without distortions. The discovery could lead to a new means of data transfer in space, e.g., between space stations.”

Cultocracy note :

I report the possibility of transmitting information via my toilet . This discovery could lead to a new means of data transfer e.g. between my toilet and the ocean .

“Physicists Discover That Strange ‘Ferroelectric’ Particles Actually Exist, And Could Change Computing”

“More than eight decades after they were predicted to exist, physicists have found evidence of discrete units of matter that could help us better understand the electrical equivalent of ferromagnetism.”

“What does that mean? While some materials are permanent magnets that produce their own magnetic field, other materials, such as iron, are ferromagnets. They become attracted to magnets under the influence of a magnetic field.”

“Called hysterons, they are nano-scaled stacks of molecules that act like independent particles in a crowd.”

Related :

Molecular Electronics


Coronene :



“Harvesting solar fuels through a bacterium’s unusual appetite for gold”

“A bacterium named Moorella thermoacetica won’t work for free. But UC Berkeley researchers have figured out it has an appetite for gold. And in exchange for this special treat, the bacterium has revealed a more efficient path to producing solar fuels through artificial photosynthesis.”


“Eco-friendly nanoparticles for artificial photosynthesis”

“Researchers have developed a nanoparticle type for novel use in artificial photosynthesis by adding zinc sulfide on 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.”


“Self-healing material can build itself from carbon in the air”

“A material designed by MIT chemical engineers can react with carbon dioxide from the air, to grow, strengthen, and even repair itself. The polymer, which might someday be used as construction or repair material or for protective coatings, continuously converts the greenhouse gas into a carbon-based material that reinforces itself.”


“Iran Produces Cooling Fabrics Using Nanotechnology”

“An Iranian knowledge-based company has used nanotechnology to produce nylon fabrics that could cool down human body by reflecting infrared radiation.”


Meet the Nanoaugmented Materials Industry Summit!



“Stamp-sized graphene sheets riddled with holes could be boon for molecular separation”

“MIT engineers have found a way to directly “pinprick” microscopic holes into graphene as the material is grown in the lab. With this technique, they have fabricated relatively large sheets of graphene (“large,” meaning roughly the size of a postage stamp), with pores that could make filtering certain molecules out of solutions vastly more efficient.”


“Covalently modified two-dimensional arsenic”

“The discovery of graphene, a material made of one or very few atomic layers of carbon, started a boom. Today, such two-dimensional materials are no longer limited to carbon and are hot prospects for many applications, especially in microelectronics. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, scientists have now introduced a new 2-D material: they successfully modified arsenene (arsenic in a graphene-like structure) with chloromethylene groups.”

Cultocracy note :

Aresenic ? Are they having a laugh ?


“New materials are powering the battery revolution”

Graphene is perhaps the best-known of these – a sheet of carbon just one atom thick. We want to see whether stacking up layers of various two-dimensional materials and then infiltrating the stack with water or other conductive liquids could be key components of batteries that recharge very quickly.


“Graphene shows unique potential to exceed bandwidth demands of future telecommunications”

“Graphene enables ultra-wide bandwidth communications coupled with low power consumption, with potential to surpass the needs of 5G, IoT and Industry 4.0.”


“Improving Farming with Graphene”

“In a move that shocked no-one, the versatile material graphene is now being used to improve farming. ”


Beware the fake graphene

“A conclusion that sounds even more damming is that “our extensive studies of graphene production worldwide indicate that there is almost no high quality graphene, as defined by ISO, in the market yet.”



“Taking steps toward a wearable artificial kidney”

The researchers turned to an emerging nanomaterial called MXene, two-dimensional nanosheets of metal carbides. Instead of breaking down urea, MXene can capture the compound by sandwiching urea molecules between its nanometer-thin layers.


“A self-powered heart monitor taped to the skin”

“Scientists have developed a human-friendly, ultra-flexible organic sensor powered by sunlight, which acts as a self-powered heart monitor. Previously, they developed a flexible photovoltaic cell that could be incorporated into textiles.”


“Vaccinating humans to protect mosquitoes from malaria”

“Researchers discovered that the antigens could be mixed with nanoparticles containing small amounts of cobalt-porphyrin and phospholipid. The cobalt-porphyrin, which is similar in structure to vitamin B12, is responsible for binding the nanoparticle to the antigens.”

“The resulting structure is a next-generation adjuvant, which is an immunological agent that enhances the efficacy of vaccines. The vaccine works by inducing humans to make malaria-attacking antibodies, which are then transmitted to the mosquito as it bites the immunized human.”

Cultocracy note :

I’ll take the malaria instead thanks .


“Nanoparticle Therapy for Prostate Cancer Treatments”


“Microplastics found in human stools for the first time”

Cultocracy note :

I’m shocked , but not surprised , that human beings are now being turned into stools .

Related :

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  7. Nano Technology News – March 2018
  8. Nano Technology News – February 2018
  9. Nano Technology News – January 2018
  10. Nano Technology News – December 2017
  11. Nano Technology News – November 2017
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  14. Nano Technology News – August 2017
  15. Nano Technology News – July 2017
  16. Nano Technology News – June 2017


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