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Freedom for all… this is an idea so far only spoken about in rhetoric and hypotheticals. There will never be true freedom from exploitation and all forms of slavery until freedom is actually granted unconditionally to all, with unconditional basic income.
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Wage slavery is just another form of slavery, which most of us are born into. One day we may all be free, our birthright as a human being.
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SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest - 27/2015.
Permalink here: http://www.scitechdigest.net/2015/07/femtosecond-photodoping-liquiglide.html 

Femtosecond photodoping, LiquiGlide Coatings, Quantum dot spectrometer, Doubling fiber data, Microfluidics and colloids, Graphene flexoelectrics, Printable conductive inks, Prions and memory, Functional meshes, Antibodies and CFS. 

1. Femtosecond Semiconductor Photo-Doping
Following on the heels of femtosecond lasers being used for in-air holograms last week we have femtosecond lasers being used in ultrafast photo-doping experiments http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2015/making-a-better-semiconductor/. In this case the femtosecond lasers are being used to controllably alter the electronic properties of semiconductors, using brief high-intensity laser light to mimic the chemical doping of bulk semiconductor materials, temporarily - the electrical properties of a chip might be altered on the fly as needed. 

2. Commercial Launch of LiquiGlide Coatings
The commercial roll-out of LiquiGlide coatings is finally picking up, promising to come to a product near you after launching to some fanfare a number of years ago http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2015/liquiglide-condiments-0630. LiquiGlide typically coats the inner surface of a container for example, and is tailored to allow the contents (such as a viscous sauce) to glide out completely without leaving a residue. The coating is typically tailored to a particular application, which can include foods and condiments, oil and gas pipelines, catheters, de-icing situations, and in the case of foodstuffs is comprised of edible materials. 

3. Quantum Dot Spectrometer
A new spectrometer device is small enough to fit inside a cell phone camera module, and is powered by an array of quantum dots http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2015/quantum-dot-spectrometer-smartphone-0701. The prototype uses 200 different quantum dots, each tuned to absorb a different wavelength of light spanning a 300nm slice of spectrum, and was made with cost effective solution processing and thin film printing. More dots could be used to cover a wider spectral range, with applications comprising personal medical diagnostics, materials identification, and many others. 

4. Doubling Fiber Optic Data Transmission
Newly developed wideband frequency combs allow an effective doubling of the amount of data that can be carried by a fiber optic cable http://www.jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/news/news_releases/release.sfe?id=1768. The comb allows for signal distortions that inevitably occur when piping large amounts of data to be predictable and reversible, and so enables significantly increased power and longer distances for which optical signals can be sent through optical fibers. 

5. Confined Colloids Improve Lab-on-Chip Design
New models have been developed for better optimising the design of microfluidic chips with miniaturised features that hold fluids under superconfinement - where it is meaningful to discuss the size of fluid channels in reference to the size of the particles in the fluid. These models were generated by studying larger colloidal particles (instead of fluid molecules) in small fluid channels http://theconversation.com/how-oversized-atoms-could-help-shrink-lab-on-a-chip-devices-43791. The study used 200nm colloidal particles and altered the size of channels to determine and subsequently model behaviour. 

6. Graphene Flexoelectric Straintronics
“Straintronics” is a fascinating field that involves controllably stretching, compressing, and bending a material to induce different electrical properties. The latest work in this space involves stretching and bending graphene into new and novel shapes, particularly cones, with different properties and bandgaps, sometimes called the flexoelectric effect http://phys.org/news/2015-06-electrical-properties-carbon-cones.html. And swelling / shrinking graphene sheets can create a range of novel surfaces http://www.nanowerk.com/spotlight/spotid=40607.php

7. Advanced Printable Inks
Printable materials innovations continue to be a hot this week. First, the latest developments in printable silver inks continue to show promise for printable electronics http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2015/jul/new-technology-using-silver-may-hold-key-electronics-advances. Second, new graphene polymer inks are being used to produce 3D prints of strong, flexible, biocompatible, and conductive scaffolds for tissue engineering and medical applications, and with base properties tunable by modifying the proportions of graphene and polymer http://www.mccormick.northwestern.edu/news/articles/2015/05/printing-3D-graphene-structures-for-tissue-engineering.html. Finally, we have a good overview of photopolymer inks and 3D printing advances http://www.technologyreview.com/photoessay/538326/speeding-up-3-d-printing/

8. Prions, Proteins, and Long Term Memory
In a series of new studies functional prion proteins have been found to be critical components underlying the mechanism of long term memory formation http://newsroom.cumc.columbia.edu/blog/2015/07/02/long-term-memories-and-prions/. When production of this particular protein was interrupted in mice recently formed long term memories were disrupted and lost. Like disease-causing prions, the memory “prion” proteins are made available as a soluble form in the cell and as new synapses are formed by neurons they are recruited to form aggregates that stabilise the synapses and are responsible for their long-term stability. 

9. Functional Mesh Materials
Silver nanowires have been formed into functional, flexible meshes that can securely encase different body parts and apply uniform heating and protection http://phys.org/news/2015-07-stretchy-mesh-heater-sore-muscles.html. Cheap to manufacture and sandwiched in insulation such meshes or functional textiles might form therapeutic heating bandages or elements in clothes, and applications could expand in future with additional features such as antennas and other electronic interfaces. 

10. Antibodies Linked to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Rituximab, a drug that wipes out most of the body’s B-cells and is used to treat certain blood cancers and arthritis, has been found to be very effective in treating chronic fatigue syndrome for many patients http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22730284.000-antibody-wipeout-relieves-symptoms-of-chronic-fatigue-syndrome.html. This seems to be the second human clinical trial exploring this possibility and others are planned. The implication of the result is that CFS is most likely an autoimmune disorder in many cases, triggered by wayward antibodies, and further studies aimed at identifying the antibodies responsible might enable even better treatment options. 

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Memristor chips will soon be integrated in textiles, windows, even coffee cups, and any imaginable items used in daily life.
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The Supreme Court's recent blessing of Obamacare has precipitated a rush among the nation's biggest health insurers to consolidate into two or three behemoths. The result will be good for their shareholders and executives, but bad for the rest of us -- who will pay through the nose for the health insurance we need.
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