Nanotechnology Today

How Close Are We To Molecular Manufacturing? (and Other Happenings in the World of Nanotechnology)

Friday, April 11, 2014

PreVentall Is Closer Than You Think!

One of the major technological advances presented in my novel Leviticus is PreVentall.  For those who have not yet read my book, I suggest you read it.  In the meantime, PreVentall is an inoculation of millions of nanobots designed to prolong life and promote health (and by ‘prolong’ I mean forever and by ‘promote’ I mean never get sick or injured are physically harmed), by inserting a nanobot it a few million random cells.  The nanobots sequence the individual genome of the cell and compare it with others to come up with the proper genome of the individual through averaging.  Once an individual’s genome is sequenced, the nanobots multiply and occupy each and every cell in the individual’s body and watch over cell replication and RNA and DNA transcription and correct any errors.  No more cancer, no more illness, no more injury.  Damaged cells are repaired, errant cells are corrected and foreign bodies are property destroyed.  Perfect health and undetermined longevity.

While I did come up with the name PreVentall – I did not come up with the idea.  Nanoscientists have discussed this possibility for years.  The greatest hurdle - for this and much of nanotechnology – has been the ability to manufacture a nano-sized robot.  Several years ago, scientists began experimenting with natural nanobots – genetic material.

Now it seems that scientists have managed to inject strands of DNA designed to carry drugs into cockroaches.  The DNA strands are functionalized to unfold when they meets certain proteins or to interact with each other at various times.  Using the natural folding and unfolding process of DNA strands – scientists have basically designed nano-computers to perform various tasks.  The initial research was recently published in NatureNanotechnology and the scientists involved state that they will shortly be able to inject cockroaches with nanocomputers with computing power to match the Commodore 64. 

The methods have not been attempted in mammals yet due to the cockroaches advantage of lacking antibodies meant to destroy foreign bodies – but the researches believe that any immuno-response activities in the human body can be overcome within the next 5 years.

What does this mean?  It could mean that by 2019 scientists may be performing clinical trials of nanoscience cancer treatments that delivery chemotherapy direct to (and limited to only) cancer cells – sparing healthy cells the damage of current chemotherapy methods.  Add another 6 years – and perhaps by 2024 we’ll be offered the opportunity to achieve perfect and everlasting health – PreVentall (or whatever name is attached).

What would this mean to us as humans?  That, my readers, is answered fully in Leviticus and the two books to follow.  Get your copy of Leviticus and join the conversation.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Now That’s Something That’s Useful (and it won’t kill us!)

Nanotechnology has been promising life-altering advances for several decades.  And – AT LAST! – it has arrived! (Almost)

Well, perhaps not so “life-altering” as I would have hoped – and, in fact, not life-altering at all as far as my life goes. 

My first inclination was to start the last sentence with “Not So Fast . . .” but, in this case, it’s all about fast.  StoreDot Ltd (a Tel Aviv start-up) has developed a prototype phone charger that will charge your smartphone in (get this) about 30 seconds!

That’s right – 30 seconds.  Now, perhaps that’s a wonderful and incredible discovery for some, but I honestly don’t think my phone has ever run out of battery more than once or twice in my life.  Perhaps I’m not connected enough –but my phone charge happily lasts until I head off to bed and plug it happily into its regular charger.

So why write about this?  Because as much as I see promises come close to fruition and then peter out (why hasn’t Joule come up with anything so far better than a “partnership” with a major auto manufacturer? [See my blogpost here] Although I note they have updated their website and still tout the ability to make fuels from CO2 – maybe there is hope yet), this is a product that appears ready not only to go to market, but to do so without breaking the bank.  The charger is currently the size of a laptop charger (?!  I thought we were talking nano?!) but they have determined how to half that.  And the expected cost?  $30.  While twice as much as a typical charger, it is considerably less than extended batteries and other methods designed to keep one’s smart phone up and rolling.

Actual commercially available products won’t be available until 2016.  That will give me time to find out if, in fact, the company is able to produce a fast charger, or a batter that charges quickly.  In reviewing the various sources, it is clear that StoreDot is workign on batteries.  It’s also clear that they have charger that can fully charge a near-dead batter in 30 seconds.  What is not clear from the written articles (and their own website is silent on the product altogether) is whether StoreDot is developing a combo or have moved from the combo to a simple charger.  The demonstration video from StoreDot clearly shows a non-standard battery on the Samsung phone.

Oh well – looks like won’t be changing for anyone else too soon either.