Nano Technology News – November 2018

Cultocracy note :

Like many modern institutions , the scientific establishment is suffering a crisis of confidence , public mistrust is high . This is usually what happens when you allow charlatans and confidence tricksters to enter through the door and take over your house . Large swathes of the scientific establishment are now compromised , corrupted and controlled .

Scientists are now bought , sold and traded like any other commodity .

Many scientific publications are used as crude propaganda tools to further an ulterior agenda .

Simply follow the money .


The UK public & the future of science

“Revealed: What the UK public really thinks about the future of science”

“THE UK public is well-informed and positive about science and technology, but its hopes and fears are largely being ignored by politicians. That is the key finding of an exclusive New Scientist survey of public attitudes to science, technology, medicine and the environment.”

“The 2018 New Scientist Asks the Public survey reveals that the issues uppermost in people’s minds are genetic engineering, artificial intelligence, cancer and climate change. They believe these things are “most likely to have an impact on society and human life”.”

“The poll also reveals broad support for genetically modified foods, with 69 per cent of people in favour of such crops saying they could help feed the world.”

“Of the top four issues, the only source of pessimism was climate change.”

“The survey questioned a representative sample of the UK population, not just New Scientist readers. It shows that the general public’s knowledge aligns more closely to scientific opinion than to coverage in mainstream media. AI researchers and genetic engineers repeatedly warn that scare stories about their work in the press are overblown”

“Genetic engineering of humans is similarly low on the agenda despite a recent call from the Nuffield Council on Bioethics for a widespread debate on its implications.”

“Environmental issues are a source of great pessimism. Close behind climate change as areas of concern are air pollution, plastic waste, extinctions and overpopulation.”

“One unexpected finding of the survey is that 53 per cent of people support genetic engineering.”

“……the ethics of “playing god” also loom large, along with fears that the technology might only be used to benefit the rich.”

“Our survey reveals a variety of anxieties about current or near-future technology. Social media is seen in a negative light, largely because of fake news, trolls and peer pressure on young people.”

“People are more clued up about science than you might think”

“It would be an overstatement to say that this survey reveals the post-truth age to be yet more fake news, or that the tide is turning against it. But it is food for thought for those who believe the public can be endlessly duped, and a comfort to people who care about such quaint values as evidence and fact.”

New Scientist ???

Further reading :

New Scientist was co-founded by Tom Margerison , more about Tom later .

IPC was once owned by the Mirror Group :

Reed International (Now RELX Group) merged with IPC in 1974 .

TI media bought many of IPC’s titles :

TI media is now owned by Time Warner :

Itself owned by AT&T :


Back to RELX (Reed)

Scientific publications are sold under the Elsevier brand .
Reed Elsevier has close links to the military industrial complex and the arms trade .

The RELX group has sought to sever its ties to the arms trade , critics have argued that this position was incompatible with the publishing of medical and science journals .

In 2017 New Scientist was sold by RELX and bought by Kingston Acquisitions Limited :

Kingston Acquisitions is described by the financial Times as ‘an investment vehicle led by Sir Bernard Gray’ .

Like many establishment stooges , Gray has close ties to the arms trade .

Like many establishment stooges , Gray has received a knighthood .

Like many establishment stooges , Gray has secrets .

Back to Tom Margerison :

Cultocracy note :

Tom Margerison was cherry picked and fast tracked .

“They set up an organisation to issue degrees to people of sufficient merit to put them into the war effort; the same thing happened with my PhD,” said Margerison.”

“The government considered Sheffield’s physics department crucial to the war effort and 20 of its best students, including Margerison, were selected by CP Snow and his colleague, Harry Hoff”

“The government was particularly interested in pinpointing distant objects through radiolocation: Margerison found this undercover work to be “glamorous but boring”.”

“After the war he was approached by both MI5 and the KGB”

Cultocracy note :

Tom Margerison was also something of a prophet .

“It was in his Sunday Times days that he predicted the possibility of fire in the Mont Blanc tunnel under the Alps – he was proved right in March 1999 – and the potential for failure of the bow doors on cross-Channel ferries – the fate of the Herald of Free Enterprise in March 1987”

Cultocracy note :

Tom Margerison worked with the BBC .

“Later in the decade he helped to develop the BBC Young Scientists of the Year award.”

“After the Sunday Times and LWT, Margerison returned to science as chairman of Computer Technology Ltd (1971-75), and later director of the Nuclear Electricity Information Group and a consultant for the British Nuclear Industry Forum. For many years he served on the UK national commission for Unesco.”

“He became a trusted source for news of Soviet technology”

“When MI5 tried to harness his exceptional access to the Russians, he was unimpressed by its recruitment technique.”

C.P.Snow (Mentor to Tom Margerison)

“In 1930 Snow received a doctorate in physics from Cambridge, where he remained until 1950 as a fellow and as an administrator.”

“In 1944 he was appointed director of scientific personnel for the English Electric Company (GEC) ”

“In 1968, English Electric’s operations were merged with GEC’s”

“English Electric was formed to acquire ownership of Coventry Ordnance Works of Coventry”

Coventry Ordnance Works :

Royal Ordnance :

“Royal Ordnance plc was bought by British Aerospace (BAe) in April 1987, which became BAE Systems in 1999.”

Cultocracy note :

A carousel of corruption and collusion leading to conformity and consent .

Nano Technology News – November 2018


Cultocracy note :

The genetics ‘revolution’ continues with scant discussion regarding regulation or ethics , where will it lead us ?

“The genome editing revolution”

New Scientist Live – October 2019 , Sponsors include BAE Systems , BT & Shell

“We can rely on deciphering our genetic code through mistakes; when a mutation occurs, we mine the molecules for a cause. But what if we could correct that mistake? A new method of genome editing, called CRISPR, not only acts to target specific areas of a genome, but can also function as a “find and replace” mechanism; the newest spell check of our genetic language.”


“CRISPR bombshell: Chinese researcher claims to have created gene-edited twins”

“On the eve of an international summit here on genome editing, a Chinese researcher has shocked many by claiming to have altered the genomes of twin baby girls born this month in a way that will pass the modification on to future generations.”


“Lab-Grown Mini-Brains Spontaneously Produced ‘Human-Like’ Brain Waves for the First Time”

“The electrical activity of the lab-grown mini-brains was similar to that seen in premature infants….”

“Neuroscientists from the University of California San Diego observed spontaneous electrical activity that resembles human brain waves in a lab-grown “mini-brain” for the first time.”


“Tying the knot: New DNA nanostructures”

“The new study involves innovations in the field of DNA origami, which, as the name implies, uses nucleic acids like DNA and RNA to fold and self-assemble into complex forms.”


“Brain-inspired methods to improve wireless communications (MIMO)”

“One technique generating buzz for its high signal quality is a combination of multiple-input multiple-output techniques with orthogonal frequency division multiplexing.”

“This combination of techniques allows signals to travel from transmitter to receiver using multiple paths at the same time.”


“New Zealand rejects Huawei’s first 5G bid citing national security risk”

“New Zealand’s intelligence agency has rejected the telecom industry’s first request in the country to use 5G equipment provided by China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, citing concerns about national security.”

“With 5G technology, every component of the 5G network means every part of the network can be accessed.”


“MI6 architect reveals hidden tech to combat terrorists and moped raiders”

“The Protecting Urban Spaces installation is the centrepiece of the two-day Olympia show, featuring concealed technology such as heat-seeking cameras. ”

“He said “subtle changes” to public and semi-public spaces were being built in to add security.”

“One of the devices on show is the Argon weapon scanner…..It sweeps passers-by for electromagnetic waves so operators can see on-screen if guns or knives are beneath their clothes.”

“Another scanner works by “directing a low-powered radar beam” and “interpreting the signal” reflected off the body to expose “hard objects” such as suicide vests. ”

Cultocracy note :

Typical , always looking for hard objects in public parks .

No need for this technology when 5G arrives .

Related :


“ARGON, a passive terahertz camera solution for people screening, detects concealed contraband on moving subjects, thanks to its real-time video feed and large field of view. The device can be utilized for several applications, such as event and VIP security, as well as loss prevention.”

“The submillimetre-wave, or terahertz, region of the electromagnetic spectrum is still largely unexplored territory. ARGON is one of the few devices on the market that detects terahertz radiation from the human body, even through most clothing items.”

“The front end of ARGON contains cutting-edge nanotechnology sensors, but operates like a conventional camera: it has a lens, which captures the submillimetre-wave energy and directs it to a sensor array.”


Further reading :

“Electromagnetic radiation in the terahertz (THz) frequency range provides resonant access to fundamental modes, including the motions of free electrons, the rotations of molecules, the vibrations of crystal lattices and the precessions of spins. Consequently, THz waves have been extensively used to probe such responses with high sensitivity.”

“Space-borne THz technology will continue to flourish during coming decades providing both scientific and commercial return .”

Also related :


Quantum Computing & Communications

Cultocracy note :

Quantum computer simulations & modeling are increasingly used to model quantum systems which are simply too complex to study using traditional methods .

Phase transitions are the main area of study .

Phase transitions are thought to be the precursor to quantum entanglement .

“New insulating state found in stretched graphene”

“QPTs are a frontier area of research in many-body quantum mechanics, particularly in condensed matter physics.”

“This discovery only became possible using our quantum Monte Carlo simulations, for which RIKEN’s K computer was essential due to the extremely heavy computations involved…”


“One step closer to complex quantum teleportation”

“For future technologies such as quantum computers and quantum encryption, the experimental mastery of complex quantum systems is inevitable. Scientists have now succeeded in making another leap. While physicists are trying to increase the number of so-called qubits, the other researchers are pursuing the idea to use more complex quantum systems. The developed methods and technologies could in the future enable the teleportation of complex quantum systems. ”


“Model of quantum artificial life on quantum computer”

“The researchers anticipate a future in which machine learning, artificial intelligence and artificial life itself will be combined on a quantum scale. ”

“A burst of ‘synchronous’ light”

“Excited photo-emitters can cooperate and radiate simultaneously, a phenomenon called superfluorescence.”

“This discovery could enable future developments in LED lighting, quantum sensing, quantum communication and future quantum computing.”


Further reading :

Quantum Many Body Systems

Many-body problem

“In such a quantum system, the repeated interactions between particles create quantum correlations, or entanglement.”


“Exclusive: UK police wants AI to stop violent crime before it happens”

“Police in the UK want to predict serious violent crime using artificial intelligence, New Scientist can reveal. The idea is that individuals flagged by the system will be offered interventions, such as counselling, to avert potential criminal behaviour.”

“However, one of the world’s leading data science institutes has expressed serious concerns about the project after seeing a redacted version of the proposals.”

“The system, called the National Data Analytics Solution (NDAS), uses a combination of AI and statistics to try to assess the risk of someone committing or becoming a victim of gun or knife crime, as well as the likelihood of someone falling victim to modern slavery.”


Cultocracy note :

Graphene is described as a revolutionary material .

You can imagine graphene as a material that can be tweaked and tuned in a million different ways , which will produce a million different results .

The seemingly infinite number of possibilities achievable with graphene are related to its band structure , specifically overlaps known as Dirac points , which in graphene touch at six intervals . This allows for electron transport at superconducting levels .

Dirac points are thought to be related to phase transitions in a material .

Contol of phase transitions allows control over the properties of a material .

Phase transitions are also important for quantum computing and communications applications .


Graphene flickers at 400Hz in 2500ppi displays”

“With virtual reality (VR) sizzling in every electronic fair, there is a need for displays with higher resolution, frame rates and power efficiency. Now, a joint collaboration of researchers from SCALE Nanotech, Graphenea and TU Delft have used graphene to make reflective-type displays that operate faster and at much higher resolution than existing technologies.”


“Graphene on the way to superconductivity”

“Scientists have found evidence that double layers of graphene have a property that may let them conduct current completely without resistance.”


“Creating better devices: The etch stops here”

“Researchers have discovered a new, more precise method to create nanoscale-size electromechanical devices. ”


“Whispers about graphene’s electrical properties”

“Researchers have built whispering galleries for light, which are nowadays found in applications ranging from sensing, spectroscopy and communications to the generation of laser frequency combs…”


Further reading :



“A bullet-proof heating pad”

“Sometimes nothing feels better on stiff, aching joints than a little heat. But many heating pads and wraps are rigid and provide uneven warmth, especially when the person is moving around. Researchers have now made a wearable heater by modifying woven Kevlar fabric with nanowires that conduct and retain heat.”


“Ultrathin, ultralight ‘nanocardboard'”

“Engineers have demonstrated a new material they call ‘nanocardboard,’ an ultrathin equivalent of corrugated paper cardboard. A square centimeter of nanocardboard weighs less than a thousandth of a gram and can spring back into shape after being bent in half. Nanocardboard’s stiffness-to-weight ratio makes it ideal for aerospace and microrobotic applications, where every gram counts.”


“A new approach to liquid-repelling surfaces”

“Novel surface design overcomes problem of condensation that bedeviled previous systems.”


“New ‘smart’ material with potential biomedical, environmental uses”

“Brown University researchers have shown a way to use graphene oxide (GO) to add some backbone to hydrogel materials made from alginate, a natural material derived from seaweed that’s currently used in a variety of biomedical applications.”


“Nanofiber carpet could mimic gecko feet, polar bear fur”

“Engineering researchers have developed a new way to make arrays of nanofibers that could bring us coatings that are sticky, repellant, insulating or light emitting, among other possibilities.”


Implants Nanoprosthetics

“Stealth-cap technology for light-emitting nanoparticles”

“Nanoparticles are tiny structures, typically less than 100 nanometers in size, which is about 500 to 1000 times smaller than the thickness of a human hair. Such materials are receiving increasing attention for biomedical applications. If equipped with appropriate properties, they can reach almost any tissue in the human body via the bloodstream—turning into perfect body probes.”


“Nanostraws’ deliver molecules to human cells safely and efficiently”

“In another method, researchers use viruses to carry the molecule of interest across a cell wall, but the virus itself carries risks. While there are similar methods that replace viruses with more benign chemicals, they are less precise and effective.”

“That was the state of affairs until just five or six years ago, when Melosh and colleagues came up with a new way of getting molecules into cells, based on Melosh’s expertise in nano materials. They would use electroporation, but do it in a vastly more precise way with nanostraws, which because of their relatively long, narrow profile help concentrate electric currents into a very small space.”

“At the time, they tested that technique on animal cells sitting atop a bed of nanostraws. When they turned on an electric current, the nanostraws opened tiny, regularly sized pores in the cell membrane—enough that molecules can get in, but not enough to do serious damage.”


“How to mass produce cell-sized robots”

“Technique from MIT could lead to tiny, self-powered devices for environmental, industrial, or medical monitoring.”


“Scientists develop enzymes with remote control”

“Scientists developed a method to enhance the activity of enzymes by using radio frequency radiation. The method requires making a special complex consisting of enzymes and magnetic nanoparticles. The particles can adsorb radio emission and convert it to heat, resulting in enzymatic processes acceleration by more than four times. Such method can be used to create radio-controlled biochemical systems and adjust metabolism in living organisms. ”




“Healing kidneys with nanotechnology”

Their technique involves the use of tiny, self-assembling forms measuring just billionths of a meter in diameter.”

“The triangular, tubular and rectangular shapes are designed and built using a method known as DNA origami. Here, the base pairing properties of DNA’s four nucleotides are used to engineer and fabricate DNA origami nanostructures (DONs), which self-assemble and preferentially accumulate in kidneys.”

Another approach using graphene-like MXene .

“New tech delivers high-tech film that blocks electromagnetic interference”

“Electromagnetic interference (EMI), which can harm smartphones, tablets, chips, drones, wearables, and even aircraft and human health, is increasing with the explosive proliferation of devices that generate it. The market for EM-blocking solutions, which employ conductive or magnetic materials, is expected to surpass $7 billion by 2022.”

Cultocracy note :

Great , I can finally ditch the tinfoil hat , and the tinfoil underpants , and the tinfoil vest , and……

“Laser-activated silk sealants outperform sutures for tissue repair”

“NIBIB funded researchers have developed laser-activated nanomaterials that integrate with wounded tissues to form seals that are superior to sutures for containing body fluids and preventing bacterial infection.”


“Skin-like sensor maps blood-oxygen levels anywhere in the body”

” A new flexible sensor developed by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, can map blood-oxygen levels over large areas of skin, tissue and organs, potentially giving doctors a new way to monitor healing wounds in real time. ”

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  10. Nano Technology News – January 2018
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