Accelerated healing of the tissue in the blood-brain barrier with gelatin

It’s been a few years since my last brain and gelatin story (Dec. 24, 2014 posting: Gelatin nanoparticles for drug delivery after stroke) and this time they’re trying to make brain surgery easier and to reduce any attendant brain damage according to a Nov. 6, 2017 news item on ScienceDaily, Researchers already know that gelatin-covered electrode implants cause less damage to brain tissue than electrodes with no gelatin coating. Researchers at the Neuronano Research Centre…

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Alberta adds a newish quantum nanotechnology research hub to the Canada’s quantum computing research scene

One of the winners in Canada’s 2017 federal budget announcement of the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy was Edmonton, Alberta. It’s a fact which sometimes goes unnoticed while Canadians marvel at the wonderfulness found in Toronto and Montréal where it seems new initiatives and monies are being announced on a weekly basis (I exaggerate) for their AI (artificial intelligence) efforts. Alberta’s quantum nanotechnology hub (graduate programme) Intriguingly, it seems that Edmonton has higher aims than (an…

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CRISPR-CAS9 and gold

As so often happens in the sciences, now that the initial euphoria has expended itself problems (and solutions) with CRISPR ((clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats))-CAAS9 are being disclosed to those of us who are not experts. From an Oct. 3, 2017 article by Bob Yirka for phys.org, A team of researchers from the University of California and the University of Tokyo has found a way to use the CRISPR gene editing technique that does…

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Cleaning up disasters with Hokusai’s blue and cellulose nanofibers to clean up contaminated soil and water in Fukushima

The Great Wave off Kanagawa (Under a wave off Kanagawa”), also known as The Great Wave or simply The Wave, by Katsushika Hokusai – Metropolitan Museum of Art, online database: entry 45434, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2798407 I thought it might be a good idea to embed a copy of Hokusai’s Great Wave and the blue these scientists in Japan have used as their inspiration. (By the way, it seems these scientists collaborated with Mildred Dresselhaus who…

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CRISPR/Cas9 as a tool for artists (Art/sci Salon January 2018 events in Toronto, Canada) and an event in Winnipeg, Canada

The Art/Sci Salon in Toronto, Canada is offering a workshop and a panel discussion (I think) on the topic of CRISPR( (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats)/Cas9. CRISPR Cas9 Workshop with Marta De Menezes From its Art/Sci Salon event page (on Eventbrite), This is a two day intensive workshop on Jan. 24 5:00-9:00 pm and Jan. 25 5:00-9:00 pm This workshop will address issues pertaining to the uses, ethics, and representations of CRISPR-cas9 genome editing…

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CRISPR/Cas9 as a tool for artists (Art/sci Salon January 2018 events in Toronto, Canada) and an event in Winnipeg, Canada

The Art/Sci Salon in Toronto, Canada is offering a workshop and a panel discussion (I think) on the topic of CRISPR( (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats)/Cas9. CRISPR Cas9 Workshop with Marta De Menezes From its Art/Sci Salon event page (on Eventbrite), This is a two day intensive workshop on Jan. 24 5:00-9:00 pm and Jan. 25 5:00-9:00 pm This workshop will address issues pertaining to the uses, ethics, and representations of CRISPR-cas9 genome editing…

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The Organization for Economic and Cooperative Development’s (OECD) test guidelines for nanomaterials

An Oct. 13, 2017 news item on Nanowerk announced news test guidelines from the Organization for Cooperation and Economic Development (OECD), The OECD has released a first set of Test Guidelines developed specifically for nanomaterials, in response to their increased production and usage. The guidelines will help standardise the way countries test the safety of manufactured nanomaterials, whose near atomic-sized particles mean they may require more than regular chemical testing to understand their impact on…

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Audio tattoo

When I use the term machine/flesh, it’s usually about hardware being combined with the body (e.g., neuroprosthetics) but this news bit concerns a rather different way of integrating technology into the body. From a January ?, 2018 news item on BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) Newsbeat, In the message, her grandma can be heard wishing her a happy birthday, before saying “I love you”. She tells her granddaughter [Sakyrah Morris of Chicago, Illinois, US]: “You should…

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Audio tattoo

When I use the term machine/flesh, it’s usually about hardware being combined with the body (e.g., neuroprosthetics) but this news bit concerns a rather different way of integrating technology into the body. From a January ?, 2018 news item on BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) Newsbeat, In the message, her grandma can be heard wishing her a happy birthday, before saying “I love you”. She tells her granddaughter [Sakyrah Morris of Chicago, Illinois, US]: “You should…

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H. G. Wells’ Crystal Egg as an immersive multimedia experience in London, UK (January 6 – 15, 2018)

Here’s the promotional trailer, Exciting, eh? Tash Reith-Banks writes about this immersive theatre experience in a January 5, 2018 article for The Guardian (Links have been removed), HG Wells hold a special place in the hearts of many sci-fi enthusiasts and scientists alike. Best known for his novels The War of the Worlds, The Island of Doctor Moreau, and The Invisible Man, Wells’s work is renowned for its prescience and has been revisited and adapted…

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