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Novel Way to Navigate Liquids on a Surface in the Absence of External Force – AZoM

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Oct 5 2021Reviewed by Bethan Davies

A major discovery in droplet manipulation has been made by scientists from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). They have also found an innovative method to navigate liquids on a surface in the absence of external energy or force.

The shape of the droplet seems to appear like a ball. In-plane droplet control is similar to the game ofsnooker, where the balls are guided to move along a preferred trajectory. It is a feature that has been greatly valued for desalination, thermal management, materials self-deliveryand various other applications.

Scientists traditionally fabricate chemical wetting gradient or asymmetric microtextures to force droplets into motion, which is quite similar to designing a conveyor belt to transport the balls.

The RGC postdoctoral fellow Dr. Xin Tang, Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Li Wei, and Chair Professor of Thermal-Fluid Sciences and Engineering Liqiu Wang from the HKU Department of Mechanical Engineering, for the first time, have found out that when a cold/hot or volatile droplet is released on a lubricated piezoelectric crystal (lithium niobate) at ambient temperature, the droplet instantly propels for a long distance (which could be approximately 50 times the droplet radius) in furcated routes.

The self-propulsion could be bifurcated, unidirectionaland even trifurcated based on the crystal plane that interfaces with the droplet. The breakthrough has been reported in the journal Nature Nanotechnology in an article titled Furcated Droplet Motility on Crystalline Surfaces.

This is an unforeseen phenomenon with far-reaching implications. Droplets with a temperature difference mild at 5 C on a surface can undergo self-sustained propulsion. Imagine placing a ball on a perfectly leveled and smooth table, instead of remaining static, the ball rolls by itself. Even more surprising is that the ball only automatically rolls towards certain definite directions.

Wang Liqiu, Chair Professor of Thermal-Fluid Sciences and Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong

Scientists have discovered that the intrinsically orientated liquid motion has been fueled by the cross-scale thermo-piezoelectric coupling, which is created by the anisotropy of crystal structure. This resembles the atomic arrangement of the smooth table in a strange way such that a symmetric heat source can generate an asymmetric electric field that pushes a ball into motion in a direction established by the cutting direction of the table surface.

The work enables an innovative way to deliver and transport liquids with controllability, versatility and performance, and provides clues for solving some long-standing challenges such as anti-icing, defrost and antifog in humid environments.

Dr. Tang Xin, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong

As soon as a droplet hits a supercooled substrate, like that of a power cable and an airplane wing, it quickly freezes and clings to the surface. In such a case, the impulsive electric force produced by the crystal can disturb the nucleating droplet. This possibly results in the reduction of interfacial adhesion and delaying harmful ice accretion.

Furthermore, self-propulsion will also help upgrade the performance of dropwise condensation by eliminating increasing condensate from the thermal barrier and the surface. Thus, this would provide a highly encouraging solution to droplet manipulation in space where there is a lack of gravity-assisted droplet shedding.

Additionally, the furcated routes may be selectively chosen by addingexternal disturbances like delicate electric fields. Thereby, the surface can serve as a two- or three-way planar valve to provide droplets containing data, chemicalor biological payloads.

Clearly, this novel approach to liquid manipulation works for a wide variety of liquids and piezoelectric crystals, hence opening opportunities for further research, and new materials and technologies development.

Dr. Li Wei, Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Hong Kong

The video demonstrates the self-propulsion of various liquids on a lithium niobate surface and based on the crystal plane that interfaces with the droplet, the self-propulsion could be bifurcated, unidirectional, and even trifurcated.

Video Credit: The University of Hong Kong.

Tang, X., et al. (2021) Furcated droplet motility on crystalline surfaces. Nature Nanotechnology.


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Role of Main Air Constituents in the Efficiency of GaN Nanostructures – AZoNano

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Oct 1 2021

Nanowires and nanofins have a large surface-to-volume ratio, and they greatly react with the environment. GaN nanostructures also react with major air constituents, and under controlled environments can be used for various applications in areas like environmental sensing, photocatalysis, and light-emitting diodes.

GaN (Gallium nitride) Nanowires (NW) have garnered interest in the last years as they can be created with high crystal quality. Moreover, GaN NWs show good optical properties like strong luminescence upon electrical or optical excitation; probing changes of the luminescence under controlled environmental conditions is a promising pathway to understand the underlying mechanisms.

The GaN surfaces react with the environment, and knowledge of the phenomenon could trigger advancements in highly relevant fields like sensing, photocatalysis, or the improvement of nanowire (NW) light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

Scientists analyzed the influence of GaN NW geometry, different gaseous atmospheres, the pH value, and electrical fields in aqueous solutions on the intensity of the photoluminescence (PL) response and the NW stability. Earlier research shows that anions that accumulate at the NW surface enhance non-radiative recombination and, therefore, reduce the PL intensity.

The current paper discusses the luminescence behavior and the role of surface-related processes of GaN NWs under different atmospheres with a focus on the main constituents of ambient air, nitrogen (N2), oxygen (O2), and water (H2O) vapor.

This is in turn combined with the analyzes of the effects of pre-treatments, which can have a significant influence on several surface properties ofc- andm-planes of GaN, including the magnitude of the surface band bending (SBB). Various oxide shells are also tested on their capability to stabilize the PL emission of GaN NWs and elucidate the effect of several common solvents on the PL intensity evolution.

The GaN Nanostructures (GaN NS) analyzed were grown through plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) in a selective area growth mode.

The GaN NWs were grown on n-type Si (111) substrates (iron-compensated Ga-polar GaN templates) under N-rich conditions at a substrate temperature of 875 C (950 C) with a Ga flux of 5.7 (4.6) 107 mbar beam equivalent pressure (BEP) and an N2 flux of 0.363 sccm with an RF plasma power of 425 W for 90 minutes at a background pressure of about 100 mbar. The Nano Wires had a uniform shape and similar dimensions.

Figure 1. (a) SEM image of GaN NWs on a Si substrate and (b) GaN nanofins on an AlN substrate in 45-tilted view. (c) Sketch of the measurement chamber with gas flow and resistive heater. Image Credit: Kraut et al., 2021

Three batches of NW arrays were grown on Si to examine the influence of common cleaning treatments of the GaN NW surface on their sensitivity to the environment. NWs labeled oxidized are exposed to an oxygen plasma with an RF power of 400 W and an O2 flow of 0.6 sccm at a temperature of 600 C in an ultra-high vacuum chamber for 10 minutes.

The optical investigation and light exposure of the GaN NW surfaces during interaction with their environments was understood by above-band gap light excitation with a quadrupled Nd:YAG laser with a wavelength of 266 nm in continuous-wave operation.

The excitation intensity was measured by placing a power sensor instead of a sample into the optical path. In ambient air, a 40UV-enhanced High-Power MicroSpot objective with a working distance of 1 mm and a resulting laser spot size of roughly 2 m was used.

Wet environment measurements were taken by bubbling the respective gases through deionized (DI) H2O until a relative humidity of 100% was reached, while in liquid environment measurements, the sample was mounted into a Petri dish filled with the respective fluid.

The complexity of the photoluminescence (PL) in response to GaN NWs in the air is depicted in Figure2(a). In the saturation regime, the speed of the PL enhancement has to be limited by the speed of adsorption or desorption of molecules from the environment to or from the NW surface.

Figure 2.(a) NBE PL intensity evolution of GaN NWs in ambient air (T= 300 K) normalized to the initial value. (b) Enhancement factor of the PL intensity of oxidized GaN NWs after 10 and 15 min under UV light exposure as a function of the excitation intensity. Image Credit: Kraut et al., 2021

To understand the interactions at the NW surface, a more accurate controlled experimental environment is needed. Figure3shows the normalized saturated PL intensity under continuous UV illumination with an excitation intensity of 18 kW cm2 for HCl-etched and oxidized NWs under varied atmospheres and for different temperatures. The PL intensity measured in dry N2 is used as the reference value for normalization.

In humid SA, the PL intensity of the oxidized GaN NWs decreases to 60% of the dry N2 level and 15% for the HCl-etched NWs within 1 min. And as a final step, when the flow-chamber is purged with dry N2, both samples increase their PL emission back to the initial level within the measurement error, which underlines the reversible nature of the observed effects.

In SA and N2 atmospheres, the values obtained for dry and humid environments are similar and while switching back to first wet and later dry N2 decreases the luminescence to about 3 and 1.5 times the initial value, respectively.

Figure 3.Variation of the stabilized NBE PL intensity of oxidized and HCl-etched GaN NWs in different atmospheres under continuous illumination. The numbers next to the dotted arrows indicate the typical transition time from one steady-state to the other. An excitation intensity of 18 kW cm2 has been used. The givenTeff was determined by the evaluation of the NBE peak position of GaN. Image Credit: Kraut et al., 2021.

The researchers conclude that oxygen alone can form two fundamentally different interacting states at the NW surface.

Figure 4.(a) PL intensity of HCl-etched GaN NWs in dry atmospheres as a function of O2 concentration in N2 background for severalTeff. (b) Arrhenius plot of the temperature dependence of the PL intensity in dry N2 and SA atmospheres. For all measurements, an excitation density of 18 kW cm2 was used. Dashed lines are Arrhenius fits. Image Credit: Kraut et al., 2021

The PL intensity evolution immediately after the UV excitation onset probes the light-induced changes of the surface properties in a given ambient. The PL intensity of the oxidized GaN NWs in dry N2 increases within 1 min to 140% of the initial value, whereas in humid N2 it reaches only 120%.

The HCl-etched GaN NWs show almost no change in the PL intensity in dry N2, but a pronounced quenching of the PL signal to 50% of the initial intensity in humid N2. The equivalent measurements in dry and humid SA.

Figure 5.Normalized PL intensity evolution of oxidized (red) and HCl-etched (blue) GaN NWs after UV laser illumination onset with an excitation intensity of 18 kW cm2 (a) in N2 (b) in SA. The solid (doubled) lines represent measurements in a dry (humid) atmosphere. (c) PL intensity recovery of HCl-etched GaN NWs in different atmospheres. The red symbols show the PL intensity after switching the laser illumination in humid SA. The black dots (stars) show the recovery behavior in dry SA (N2). The data are normalized to the initial PL intensity in dry SA before the quenching procedure. Image Credit: Kraut et al., 2021.

Complementary electrical measurements of GaN NFs can provide further insight into the underlying mechanisms. Figure6(a) depicts the electrical current through GaN NFs under illumination with 266 nm laser light and the simultaneously measured NBE PL in varied dry atmospheres at room temperature.

Under illumination, the total current (dark and photocurrent) decreases to 88% and recovers to 95%. A possible explanation lies in the location of photo-excitation within the GaN NF, which mainly takes place in the surface region, while the majority of the dark current contribution is through the conductive channel in the center of the NF.

Figure 6.Normalized NBE PL intensity and normalized current density of GaN NFs on an AlN template under illumination with 266 nm light at (a) 300 K and (c) 375 K. The atmosphere was changed from dry N2 to dry SA and back under constant applied voltage (1 V) and excitation intensity (18 kW cm2). (b) The normalized current density of GaN NFs at 300 and 375 K in the dark. Due to the sake of argument (c) is discussed later in the text. Image Credit: Kraut et al., 2021

Generally, changes in PL intensity of NSs under constant excitation originate in changes in the ratio of radiative to non-radiative charge carrier recombination. This is either caused by the creation or passivation of non-radiative recombination channels, for example, unsaturated surface states, or by changing the amount of radiative recombination through spatial separation of electrons and holes, for instance, due to SBB.

Figure7(b) summarizes the CPD and SPV results in a schematic drawing of the GaN NS SBB in SA and N2 atmosphere. In the dark, the SBB in SA is higher than in N2. This difference increases upon above bandgap illumination as the SBB reduction due to the light is more pronounced in SA compared to N2.

This matches well with the increased sensitivity of the current to changing the atmosphere under illumination compared to in the dark (Figure6): the higher reduction of the SBB under illumination leads to a stronger shrinking of the conductive channel within the NF, which increases the electrical resistivity to a greater extend.

Figure 7.CPD of anm-plane bulk GaN plate in the dark and under 340 nm illumination with an excitation intensity of 6 mW cm2. The atmosphere was changed from dry N2 to dry SA and back. (b) Schematic drawing of the band bending at a GaN NS surface (green line) in SA (left) and N2 (right) atmosphere at room temperature. The dashed/solid black lines represent the SBB in the dark/under illumination. The red lines illustrate the CPD differences between SA and N2 atmosphere in the dark (upper part) and under illumination (lower part). The corresponding SPV in SA and N2 are indicated in blue. Image Credit: Kraut et al., 2021.

Figure 8 depicts the PL response of HCl-etched GaN NWs in various liquids on a logarithmic scale. The various magnitude of the PL response in different liquid environments opens a possibility to use GaN NWs to optically identify impurity molecules for, for example, H2O quality control applications.

Figure 8.(a) Normalized PL intensity evolution of HCl-etched GaN NWs after UV laser illumination onset with an excitation intensity of 9.5 kW cm2 in the air (orange), DI H2O (blue), acetonitrile (black), ethanol (red), and cyclohexane (green). The PL intensity axis is shown with a logarithmic scale. (b) Normalized PL intensity of GaN NWs with several shells at an excitation intensity of 9.5 kW cm2 in ambient conditions. For comparison, oxidized NWs are also shown. ZnO and GaxOyshells are MBE-grown, the 50 nm Al2O3 was deposited by ALD. SEM images in a 45 tilted view of exemplary NWs with different shells are depicted at the right of the graph. Image Credit: Kraut et al., 2021.

The MBE-coated samples (ZnO, GaxOy) indicate an intensity increase, but the amplitude differs significantly. While the PL signal of the GaN NBE of the oxidized NWs more than doubled within 2 min, for the thickest GaxOyshell it increases only by 6%.

The absolute PL intensities (table S5, SI) of the GaN-ZnO core-shell NWs decrease by a factor of almost 25 from the thinnest to the thickest shell due to absorption of the excitation laser in the ZnO. Further, the sample with an Al2O3 shell exhibits the highest PL signal and is at the same time the only one exhibiting a decreasing PL intensity over-illumination time.

Knowledge of the influence of the environment on the optical and electrical properties of nanostructures (NSs) is a matter of high technological importance and scientific interest. The research carried out an extensive and systematic investigation of some major external contributions manipulating the photoluminescence (PL) intensity and the electrical resistance of GaN nanowires (NWs) and GaN nanofins (NFs) on several substrates.

One major finding is that both H2O and oxygen show an ambivalent influence with either quenching or enhancing effect, depending on the sample temperature. While for the PL-influencing adsorption of H2O the ultraviolet (UV) illumination plays a key role, the surface reactions related to oxygen also take place in the dark.

The results highlight the importance of controlled environmental conditions, surface treatments, and passivation technologies to ensure reliable experimental results and for boosting device performances.

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[Pangyo Game & Contents] NC Soft to Expand the Entertainment Business and Work with Sony Music – Digital Journal

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LOS ANGELES, CA, October 05, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ NC Soft which is expanding its entertainment business has joined forces with Sony Music Entertainment. NC Soft is planning to make UNIVERSE which represents global fandom platform more competitive with Sony Music.

According to NC Soft on the 23th, NC Soft signed an MOU for entertainment business collaboration with Sony Music Entertainment Korea.

The two companies would work together to encourage participation of artists in UNIVERSE from global labels under Sony Music Entertainment such as Sony Music Korea going forward. They are expected to show various content including live streaming, photos and videos and AI based-voice services that are created with participants.

Moreover, various forms of global cooperation would be underway. Working together, when they unveil music content (UNIVERSE music) of participating artists in the global music market, they are planning to use Sony Music Koreas distribution channels.

Meanwhile, UNIVERSE is providing services in 134 countries including South Korea, the US, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, among others. A total of 22 team of artists are communicating with fans around the world via UNIVERSE. NC Soft is planning to increase the number of participants in UNIVERSE.

Pangyo Technovalley is an innovation hub for global companies comparable to the Silicon Valley in the US, Zhongguancun in China, and STATION F in France. It is an Asia tech hub with 1,259 IT, BT, CT, and NT companies that possess innovative products and technologies. Located just south of the metropolitan area, it provides the best environment for Korean companies to do business with great transportation access and infrastructure.

Various high-tech companies are located in Pangyo Technovalley, and it is occupied by 64,000 full-time employees, many in their 20-30s. In terms of industry, the companies are engaged in information technology, contents technology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology.

With the support of innovative companies with global capabilities such as Kakao, Naver, AhnLab, Krafton, NCSoft, Nexon, and Hancom, companies in Pangyo Technovalley recorded 107 trillion won in sales last year. Investment and infrastructure growth in Pangyo is expected to continue, with the Metaverse hub entering Pangyo this year.


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Burned by the Stock Market? Consider These 3 ETFs Instead – Daily Journal Online

§ August 27th, 2021 § Filed under Nanotechnology Journal Comments Off on Burned by the Stock Market? Consider These 3 ETFs Instead – Daily Journal Online

ETFs that track major stock indexes are among the most popular, and there are plenty of good options in this category. Index investing isn't the most exciting strategy, but it has historically yielded fine results. Index ETFs generally grow as the market does, so they'll keep appreciating as long as the global economy moves forward.

The SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSEMKT: SPY) and the Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (NYSEMKT: VOO) are probably the most popular ETFs that track the S&P 500 Index, and Invesco QQQ Trust (NASDAQ: QQQ) is a high-profile NASDAQ fund. They're great options with low expense ratios and high liquidity, which makes transactions easy and inexpensive.

Those are the most straightforward ETFs for simple index investing strategies, but I prefer an alternative approach. You can't beat the market if you only own the market, so you'll have to try something different to get better returns. The Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight ETF (NYSEMKT: RSP) holds the same stocks as other S&P 500 funds, but its allocation strategy is different. In most index funds, the largest positions are the largest companies -- for example, the 10 biggest holdings in the SPDR S&P 500 fund make up 28% of the total portfolio.

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The Raw Botanics Co. Joins Forces with Prima, PlantPeople and Other Industry Leaders to Stop CBD Censoring – Digital Journal

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SAN DIEGO, CA, August 24, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ The Raw Botanics Co., a luxury wellness company, announced today it has joined industry leaders as part of the Stop Censoring CBD coalition. The cannabis industry coalition seeks to stop censorship of CBD product marketing in reaction to the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Associations (CTIA) recent designation that prevents CBD companies from using SMS messaging.

We started The Raw Botanics Co. with a mission of producing quality natural products that help people heal and a vision of becoming a steward of transparency and consumer advocacy, said co-founder Brendan Smith. Joining the Stop Censoring CBD coalition is a continuation of that mission and vision, and we look forward to working with our peers to improve industry standards and let the FDA know that its past time to create a clear regulatory framework to ensure CBD products are created and marketed responsibly by all.

The CTIA is a trade organization that monitors U.S. content related to sex, hate, alcohol, firearms and tobacco (collectively known as SHAFT). The organization recently added CBD to the list, effectively preventing the industry from using SMS messaging to advertise CBD products. The Stop Censoring CBD campaign is designed to educate consumers while building a coalition of advocates to support passage of federal legislation that sets clear FDA guidelines governing hemp-derived CBD. CBD was removed from the federal governments controlled substances list in 2018, but specific regulations protecting consumers and companies, including clear guidelines on safety and communications, have not yet been created.

Joining Raw Botanics as founding members of the Stop Censoring CBD campaign include: Apothecanna, Cann, Empyri, ENUF Period, Fleur Marche, Foria, Fruit Slabs, Hivi, Juna, Looni, Miss Grass, Muri Lelu, Onda, Papa and Barkley, Plant People, Prima, Quim, Recess, Svn Space, Sweet Reason and Vertly.

The Raw Botanics Co. combines hemp-derived minor cannabinoids (CBD, CBN, CBC and CBG) with synergistic adaptogens such as ashwagandha, functional healing mushrooms and terpenes. Their four pillars: RISE, RELAX, REST and RESTORE offer benefit-based products for all needs. Raw Botanics products are engineered and formulated by top board-certified physicians in the industry. The company was founded in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic by San Diego entrepreneurs Les Kollegian and Brendan Smith to deliver products made from 100% real ingredients, with no synthetic, artificial, cheap, misleading or ineffective additives.

The company works with a nationally recognized San Diego research lab and an award-winning organic hemp farm in Kentucky to ensure the best raw materials, the cleanest extractions and the most advanced benefit-based formulas on the market. Raw Botanics commitment to scientific research and natural ingredients set it apart from competitors in the space. The company uses no artificial flavors or sweeteners and is THC free. Its founders are committed to consumer advocacy, taking a bold stance against the use of cheap synthetic additives that many CBD companies use and consumers dont yet understand.

There are a lot of unsavory characters and ineffective CBD products on the market, said co-founder Les Kollegian. Thats not us. We dont hide our ingredients. We want you to know exactly what youre putting in your body and how it can help you. We give honest, educated guidance, without the nonsense. By joining the Stop Censoring CBD campaign we hope to elevate the voices like ours, of the good actors in the industry who are creating high quality products and communicating effectively to their customers exactly whats inside them.

Consumers are being duped by brands selling CBD products that use cheap, less effective and sometimes dangerous ingredients, explains Kollegian. We dont mind playing the role of industry disruptor and look forward to continuing to play an active role in helping clean up the industry and educating consumers about the healthy use of CBD and the unhealthy effects of additives that many companies use to support their claims.

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About The Raw Botanics Co. Founded in 2020, Raw Botanics unlocks the amazing power of the hemp plant by combining extracts with traditional herbs and botanicals in a product line that uses 100% natural ingredients. The product line comes in tincture (oil) form or softgels, and topicals. Raw Botanics goes beyond CBD by utilizing the entire spectrum of the hemp plant, while excluding any intoxicating properties like THC. Taking a scientific approach to formulation, the company uses nanotechnology to combine benefit- based minor cannabinoids, custom terpenes, functional mushrooms, and botanical adaptogens. They are one the first and very few hemp companies to offer products that extract the exotic minor cannabinoids CBN, CBG, and CBC and then pair each individual cannabinoid with synergistic terpenes, leading to an enhanced entourage effect targeted to very specific needs.

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An Overview of Nanobots and the Most Recent Developments – AZoNano

§ June 20th, 2021 § Filed under Nanotechnology Journal Comments Off on An Overview of Nanobots and the Most Recent Developments – AZoNano

Nanotechnology has exploded in recent years, with research growing and the establishment of new and exciting applications that exploit the unique properties of nanoparticles, particularly in medicine, electronics, and materials science.

Nanobots are currently disrupting the biomedicine sector, with developments in cancer diagnosis and drug delivery. Image Credit: Corona Borealis Studio/

Nanoparticles, measuring just 1-100 nanometers, are unique to their bulk material counterpart, with their small scale gifting them properties that can be leveraged into new applications, making technologies possible that previously had been out of reach.

Nanotechnology continues to gain traction, with estimations that it will reach a global net worth of over $8.6 billion by 2025.

While many nanotechnology projects are still in the research and development phase, significant advancements are being made continuously as scientists discover more about how nanoparticles can be used in different scientific fields.

Here, we discuss the latest developments in the segment of nanobots. These tiny, nano-sized robots are currently disrupting the field of biomedicine, with particular advancements occurring in applications such as cancer diagnosis and drug delivery.

Recent research has helped to establish xenobots, tiny robots that are less than 1 mm in length and constructed of 500-1000 living cells. They have been created in a variety of basic shapes, including some with legs. Studies have shown they can effectively move linearly or circularly, join with other xenobots to act collectively, move tiny objects, and live for around 10 days.

Scientists believe that these xenobots could be developed in numerous ways that could positively impact human, animal, and environmental health, although their status as "programmable living robots made from living, organic tissue raises ethical concerns.

While there is some uncertainty about the future of xenobots due to ethics, scientists working in this field are excited about their potential applications in cleaning up microplastics from the ocean, scavenging toxins and radioactive materials from dangerous places, the more efficient and effective targeted delivery of drugs, and the repair of cells and tissues.

Early diagnosis is a key strategy in the fight against cancer. However, due to the nature of cancer, current diagnostic techniques have their limitations. For example, recent years have seen the development of techniques that measure various biomarkers as a method of early diagnosis, although these techniques are limited due to the new concentrations of such biomarkers in body fluids.

Nanotechnology offers a route to highly sensitive and specific early diagnostics for cancer. Scientists have worked on developing nanobots that can precisely measure key cancer biomarkers at low concentration levels, enabling the early detection of multiple types of cancer and overcoming the limitations of currently available methods.

Studies have shown how the efficacy of biosensors can be enhanced with the addition of nanoparticles. These tiny molecules help to provide specific targeting and improve the sensitivity of the sensors via their increased surface-to-volume ratio.

Scientists are exploring the efficacy of DNA robots at destroying cancer cells. Scientists have successfully programmed strands of DNA to move through the blood to deliver blood-clotting drugs to the site of the tumor, cutting off their blood supply and preventing growth.

Many recent studies have highlighted the potential future use of nanobots in drug delivery. The current results are promising, suggesting that nanobots could soon be used in humans to deliver drugs with increased levels of efficacy and accuracy. This more efficient delivery may also help to reduce the harmful side effects associated with current therapeutics.

A team of researchers recently carried out in vitro experiments with nanobots, visualizing their movements with a combination of optical microscopy and Positron Emission Tomography (PET).

After learning how the nanoparticles were capable of migrating, the team tested the nanobots in a murine model, injecting the nanobots intravenously to mice. They coated the nanobots with urease, an enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of urea, and found that the nanobots swam instantly to the bladder, resulting in induced fluid flows. The data was evidence of the collective movements of nanobots that resemble those found in nature.

The researchers described the collective movement of nanobots and Nanobot swarms and indicated that they could be particularly useful in viscous media, helping to deliver drugs with greater levels of precision.

It is theorized that nanobots could be used to deliver drugs to the eye, gastrointestinal tract, and joints. Scientists foresee that nanobots could be developed so that they are tailored to deliver drugs to specific parts of the body by adapting the nanobot to the fuel that exists in the environment where they are intended to deliver the therapeutics, (e.g. in the case of urease to direct them to the liver).

A final interesting development in nanobot research is using nanotechnology to establish a global superbrain where human thought, theoretically, could be transferred to an artificial interface, establishing a human brain-cloud interface.

Scientists theorize that nanobots may be used in the future to wirelessly transmit information stored in the brain to a cloud-based supercomputer network, allowing real-time data extraction and brain-state monitoring. However, before this application of nanotechnology can become a reality, it must go under a significant phase of research and design as well as overcome the ethical and moral implications of the technology.

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Trial of Scientist Accused of Hiding China Work Goes to Jury – The Wall Street Journal

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KNOXVILLE, TENN.The trial of a former University of Tennessee scientist accused of concealing his work in China is highlighting the difficulties federal agents have had relying on universities to police international collaborations.

The case against Anming Hu went to the jury Monday. As the trial unfolded last week in federal court here, testimony showed university employees fumbling with unclear disclosure policies and struggling to explain to Mr. Hu the required paperwork and what constituted a conflict of interest.

Mr. Hu, who specializes in nanotechnology, is charged with wire fraud and lying to the government about his work in China when he sought and received two grants from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

A 52-year-old China-born naturalized Canadian, Mr. Hu took the stand on Friday to testify in his own defense. He told the court that he didnt deliberately try to hide his China work, answered all questions he was asked about it and was confused about what the university actually wanted him to report.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation began an effort around three years ago to root out U.S.-based researchers receiving government grants who it saw as possibly transferring cutting-edge know-how to China, wittingly or otherwise. Universities have struggled to treat China as the national security threat the U.S. says it is and with putting in place safeguards.

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India’s first anti-microbial roll-on ‘CoviRaksha’ launched for treatment of COVID-19: All you need to know – Free Press Journal

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The medicine comes as a roll-on bottle with 10ml as the quantity. The silver colloid based liquid that has can be used for both prophylaxis and treatment of Covid-19 and Black Fungus. According to the lab, the bottle can help protect from the virus for a minimum of 3 hours.

Management consultant Venu Sharma said, We have already made arrangements for production and in need of an investment partner for scaling up. We want this product series to be reaching the globe ASAP. Covid will stay with us for more time with different forms and maybe in new virus variants.

Developed by Nuthan Labs in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, the product has received a nod from the Ayush Department of Karnataka, while it is still awaiting a nod from the central department.

Speaking about the costing of the product, Venu Sharma said, "for a small minimum quantity, the costing becomes high, with an 18% GST and distribution model in hand the MRP will be near Rs.300-350/- as of now. But by mass production and better cost of a fund - CoviRaksha will be 20 to 30% cheaper."

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Novel Way to Boost the Performance of Solid-State Batteries – AZoM

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Although solid-state batteries can pack plenty of energy into a compact space, their electrodes are not that good at making a contact with their electrolytes.

Liquid electrolytes spark energy by reaching all nooks and corners of an electrode, but liquids also tend to take up a lot of space without preserving energy and also fail in due time.

Now, scientists have identified a new way to allow solid electrolytes to make contact with electrodes that are composed of strategically arranged materialsat the atomic leveland the outcomes are supporting the drive toward more improved solid-state battery technologies.

A new research work, headed by Paul Braun, materials science and engineering professor from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Beniamin Zahiri, a postdoctoral research associate; and John Cook, director of research and development from Xerion Advanced Battery Corp., has revealed that if the atomic alignment of solid materials is suitably controlled, it can enhance the stability and cathode-solid electrolyte interface of solid-state batteries.

The study results have been published in the Nature Materials journal.

With batteries, its not just materials that are important, but also how the atoms on the surfaces of those materials are arranged. Currently, solid-state battery electrodes contain materials with a large diversity of surface atom arrangements. This leads to a seemingly infinite number of electrode-solid electrolyte contact interface possibilities, all with different levels of chemical reactivity.

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We are interested in finding which arrangements lead to practical improvements in battery cycle life, energy density, and power, added Zahiri.

According to the researchers, the stability of an electrolyte controls the number of charge and discharge cycles that can be handled by a battery before it begins to lose power. Due to this aspect, investigators are rushing to identify the most stable electrolyte materials.

In the rush to find stable solid electrolyte materials, developers have sort of lost sight of the importance of what is happening in that very thin interface between electrolyte and electrode. But the stability of the electrolyte will not matter if the connection between it and the electrodes cannot be evaluated in an efficient way.

Beniamin Zahiri, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

In laboratory settings, the researchers constructed electrodes comprising lithium and sodium ions that have particular atomic arrangements.

They discovered certain correlations between the interface atomic arrangement and battery performance in both the sodium- and lithium-based solid-state batteries.

They also observed that controlling the atomic alignment of electrodes and reducing the interface surface area are crucial to both interpret the nature of interface instabilities and enhance the performance of cells.

This is a new paradigm for how to evaluate all the important solid electrolytes available today. Before this, we were largely just guessing what electrode-solid electrolyte interface structures gave the best performance, but now we can test this and find the best combination of materials and atomic orientations.

John Cook, Director of Research and Development, Xerion Advanced Battery Corp.

As revealed by Elif Ertekin, the study co-author and mechanical science and engineering professor, and her research team, having this amount of control gave the investigators the required data to run atomic simulations which according to them will result in much better electrolyte materials in the days to come, added the researchers.

We think this will teach us a lot about how to investigate emerging solid electronics. We are not trying to invent new solid electrolytes; the materials world is doing a great job with that already. Our methodology will allow others to precisely measure the interfacial properties of their new materials, something that has otherwise been very difficult to determine, stated Braun.

Braun is also the Materials Research Laboratory director and an affiliate of mechanical science and engineering, chemistry, the Beckman Institute of Advanced Science and Technology, and the Holonyak Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Ertekin is the director of mechanics programs in mechanical sciences and engineering and is also affiliated with the Materials Research Laboratory and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

The study was funded by the United States Army, the Department of Defense, and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Zahiri, B., et al. (2021) Revealing the role of the cathode-electrolyte interface on solid-state batteries. Nature Materials.


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Regenerative Medicine Market Size to Reach USD 23.57 Billion by 2027; CAGR of 15.6% | Global Analysis, Statistics, Revenue, Demand and Trend Analysis…

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Increased incidence of genetic disorders and chronic diseases is projected to drive demand for regenerative medicine during the forecast period.

The globalregenerative medicine marketis forecasted to reach a market size of USD 23.57 Billion by 2027, and register a significantly rapid revenue growth rate, according to a new report by Reports and Data. The market for regenerative medicine is witnessing increased demand owing to the emergence of stem cell technology, increase in prevalence of chronic diseases, and advancements in surgical technologies. However, stringent regulations and high cost of treatment are factors expected to hamper growth of the market.

Untapped potential of nanotechnology is also contributing to market development. Nanotechnology is a powerful tool in regenerating tissues for recreating the nanoscale features. Nanotechnology is widely employed in the biomedical field to control the proliferation and preservation of stem cells.

Increased investment in research and development of regenerative medicines to combat growing genetic and chronic diseases is also contributing to the market revenue. Public as well as private organizations, are investing majorly in research to bring about new development in the field of regenerative medicine. Various strong pipeline projects by research institutes are expected to propel market growth over the near future.

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MiMedx Group, Inc., Merck & Co., Inc., Integra LifeSciences Corporation, Pfizer Inc., F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., AstraZeneca, Smith & Nephew Plc, Stryker Corporation, Amgen, Inc., and 3M Group, among others.

The COVID-19 impact:

The market for regenerative medicine has witnessed increased demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. Research is being conducted to use regenerative medicine for the development of vaccines to combat COVID-19. Public and private companies are investing in research and development of regenerative medicine to help with the growing demand for advanced therapies to treat new complex diseases.

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Diamond enters the blockchain – High Horology Journal

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As the boom in cryptocurrencies continues, blockchain is making deep inroads in the luxury industry. The surge in digital transactions by shoppers confined at home during national lockdowns is certainly part of the reason, but not the only explanation. Consumer demand for transparency, longer product lifecycles and the expanding pre-owned market where fakes are rife have also created the conditions for new solutions, and blockchain technology is without doubt one of the most promising. Arianees platform, for example, has won over a number of watch brands including Audemars Piguet, Breitling, MB&F, Roger Dubuis and Vacheron Constantin. According to Arianee, its role is to build a new type of trust-based relationship between luxury brands and their customers by giving luxury products an authentic, secure and augmented digital identity, which it describes as a digital twin. These non-fungible tokens assign a digital value to each product.

Now another solution is joining Arianee in the luxury industry, and specifically the watch segment. Early May, the Richemont group (via Cartier), LVMH and Prada announced the creation of the #AuraBlockchain consortium. Described as the first global blockchain solution, it is open to all luxury brands with the aim of providing consumers with a high level of transparency and traceability. The projects initiators say it will meet the challenges of authenticity, responsible sourcing and sustainability in a secure digital format. Consumers will have access to a products history and proof of its authenticity at every step of the value chain, from raw materials to the point of sale. This will enable them to follow the entire lifecycle of a product with trusted data throughout. Whereas Arianee is based on published code and an open-source protocol that lets brands build their own interface, Aura is a private platform developed, among others, with Microsoft, that gives greater control over processes and data. We need to make sure we do not put important client data in the hands of a third party, says Timothy Iwata Durie, global innovation officer at Cartier. Weve existed for hundreds of years, not five. Its important to protect the integrity of our client information.

In a fast-expanding jewellery market, slated to be worth $500 billion by2025, the stakes are high.

Traceability has been a thorn in the diamond industrys side for a long time. The presence in supply chains of conflict diamonds prompted the launch, in2003, of the Kimberley Process. However, experts agree that the problem has yet to be fully eradicated. Given the giant steps made since2003, digital technology is emerging as the way forward for tracking diamonds from mine to retail. The major mining companies are already working on a blockchain-enabled solution to identify each stone with a digital code that will stay with it throughout its lifetime (logically hundreds of years). In a fast-expanding jewellery market, slated to be worth close to $500billion by2025, the stakes are high. De Beers has been joined on its Tracr blockchain platform by Alrosa. The South African and the Russian are the worlds two biggest diamond producers.

At this stage, the biggest sticking point is to convince players across the entire supply chain to onboard these new solutions, particularly in developing countries. The technology used to identify the stones is also changing. After testing robotised scanning solutions, the industry is looking to benefit from progress in nanotechnologies. In February, after three years of research and development, the New-York-based Nano Innovator Holdings unveiled the prototype for an end-to-end system that identifies both rough and polished stones, including lab-grown diamonds. The solution encompasses cloud-based storage, smartphone optics and a proprietary smartphone app. The consumer uses the app to detect and read a nano tag that has been placed under the diamonds surface by laser technology, with no incidence on the stones grading or quality. Opsydia, a spinout from the University of Oxford, is also in the starting blocks. Its laser technology writes an identifying mark, with a line width of less than one-thousandth of a millimetre, 0.15millimetre below the diamonds surface in one trillionth of a second!

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How Nanotechnology is Leading the Way in Pollution Control – AZoNano

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Scientists at Oxford University have developed a new process based on nanotechnology to simplify and reduce the cost of testing water for chemical pollution and toxicity levels.

Across the EU, including the UK, some common chemicals, such as mercury, nickel, zinc, cadmium, lead, nitrate, phosphates, and polyaromatic hydrocarbons, have degraded water quality at levels that are harmful to health and the environment (European Environment Agency, 2018).

Chemical pollution is understood to be one of the heavy contributors to water pollution, affecting the already limited water supply. The WHO states that approximately 785 million people lack a basic drinking water service worldwide (The World Health Organization, 2019). The improper sanitation service and inefficient wastewater treatment services need immediate attention.

The technology developed by Oxford University shows a promising approach to help protect human health and the environment against chemical pollution. As the spin-out company of the University, Nanolyse Technologies takes the lead to proceed to the next level of development.

The fossil fuels burned by vehicles and industries and the pesticides and fertilizers that contain nitrates and phosphates are the primary cause of chemical pollution. Many toxic chemicals from households and industries leak into the groundwater and mix into lakes or rivers, posing short-term and long-term impacts on human health and the environment.

Emissions from vehicles produce excessive levels of NO2, and the overuse of fertilizers and burning of coal heavily produces sulfur dioxide (SCIENCING, 2017). As the polluted water contains a mixture of different toxic chemicals, the treatment requires state-of-the-art technology to detect them. The newly developed process provides bioavailability-based accurate techniques to distinguish highly toxic ions from less toxic ones in a single step (NTSE, 2021).

This hampers effective and streamlined pollution control when what we need are bioavailability-based environmental regulations which restrict the types of toxic metal pollution most likely to be absorbed in the body. Therefore, Nanolyse has now developed and patented a bioavailability-based testing technology for monitoring heavy metals, which takes us a step closer to enabling on-the-spot, field testing for water toxicity in real time on-site.

Dr Imad Ahmed, Founder and Chief Executive of Nanolyse

Wastewater treatment technologies treat secondary water before being reused in other divisions or safely disposed of to avoid a heavy burden on the environment. These processes can be categorized into three main types:

The current options for wastewater treatment are high in cost, complex, less efficient, and time-consuming.

Wastewater treatment is a popular process in controlling pollutants from wastewater through a physical, chemical, or biological process, although the efficiency has to be compromised with the cost and process time. However, before adopting different options for pollution control, it is crucial to understand the origin of the problem. For example, with 25% of human-induced CO2 emissions being absorbed by oceans, air pollution directly and indirectly impacts water degradation (Science on a Sphere, n.d.) . In this case, preventing air pollution is a valid option and the urgent need to stop its contribution to water pollution.

Another major problem of pollution control is the mixture of pollutants that require expensive tailor-fitted treatment for different chemicals and compounds. Nanolyse Technologies' analytical methods for pollution control come with a fitted sensor device and works by selecting and capturing different chemicals and compounds present in water. The prospect of this method will be revolutionary in terms of cost and usability of water analysis.

For the last two decades, nanotechnology, defined by the particle size 1-100 nm, has provided prospective solutions to the problems in many fields.

Nanotechnology helps develop better techniques for pollution control on a molecular level that can separate specific elements and molecules from a mixture of atoms and molecules.

A nanofiber catalyst made of manganese oxide is used to speed up chemical reactions and remove volatile organic compounds from industrial smokestacks (UnderstandingNano, 2007) .

The University of Queensland experimented with another popular nanomaterial, carbon nanotubes (CNT), to trap greenhouse gas emissions caused by coal mining and power generation (The University of Queensland, 2007) . CNT traps gases up to a hundred times faster than other methods, allowing promising integration into the large-scale industry.

The deionization method of using nano-sized fibers as electrodes is considered a cheaper and energy-efficient option with excellent performance (Wang, et al., 2015) . Inserting nanomaterials into underground water sources is cost-effective and more straightforward than pumping water for treatment (Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science, 2009) .

The technology offered by Nanolyse Technologies will eliminate the need to transport samples to a laboratory for analysis using complex machines and highly qualified operators.

With new funding from the UKs Science and Technology Facilities Council, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the prototype will offer portable, cost-efficient, and effective miniaturized sensor devices capable of analyzing a wide range of chemical species and toxicity accurately for many applications.

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Clarkson Professor Named Fellow of the International Society of Electrochemistry – Clarkson University News

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Evgeny Katz, the Milton Kerker Chair in Colloid Science in the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Science at Clarkson University has been named a Fellow of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE). This is the highest international recognition in the area of electrochemistry. Dr. Katz received the ISE Fellow appointment in recognition of his outstanding scientific contributions to the field of electrochemistry.

Katz received his PhD in Chemistry from Frumkin Institute of Electrochemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia in 1983. He was a senior researcher at the Institute of Photosynthesis, Russian Academy of Sciences, Pushchino, Russia, 1983-1991. During 1992 and 1993 he performed research at Mnchen Technische Universitt in Germany as a Humboldt fellow. Later, from 1993 to 2006, Dr. Katz was a Research Associate Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2006 he joined the Department of Chemistry & Biomolecular Science, Clarkson University, as the Milton Kerker Chaired Professor of Chemistry.

He has (co)authored over 490 papers in peer-reviewed journals/books with total citations of more than 40,000 (Hirsch-index 92) and holds more than 20 international patents. He has edited or wrote ten books on different topics, including electrochemistry, molecular and biomolecular computing, implantable bioelectronics, nanotechnology, biosensors and forensic science. He was an Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Sensors Journal (2009-2012) and he is a member of the editorial boards of many other journals. Presently, he is an Associate Editor of Electrochemical Science Advances (a new international journal published by Wiley-VCH).

His scientific interests are in the broad areas of bioelectronics, biosensors, biofuel cells, bionanotechnology and biomolecular information processing (bio-computing). In 2011, Thomson Reuters released data identifying the worlds top 100 chemists over the past 10 years as ranked by the impact of their published research. He was included in that list as # 63 from an approximate total of a million chemists indexed by Thomson Reuters. Katz was also included in the list of top-cited chemists, with a worldwide rank of 384 based on his H-index.

He has received many awards in his long career, among them, the international award Katsumi Niki Prize for Bioelectrochemistry by ISE in 2019, Clarksons Lifetime Research Achievement Award in 2014, he won the Kaye Awards for Scientific Innovations from the Hebrew University in Israel in 1995 and 2004, and the State Medal of Inventor, USSR in 1989. Dr. Katz has been inducted into Clarkson's Million Dollar Club for the significant amount (over 1 million) of external funding that his research activities have garnered.

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Four Illinois faculty members elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences – University of Illinois News

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Education Dean James Anderson, physics professor Nadya Mason and chemistry professors Nancy Makri and Kenneth Schweizer have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest honor societies in the nation.

They are among 252 new members elected to the academy this year, including artists, scholars, scientists and leaders in the public, nonprofit and private sectors.

Anderson is recognized as a groundbreaking scholar on the history of U.S. and African American education and achievement. His seminal book, The Education of Blacks in the South, 1860-1935, won the American Educational Research Associations outstanding book award in 1990. He also received the AERAs highest honor, a Presidential Citation, in 2020.

A member of the National Academy of Education and the former senior editor of the journal History of Education Quarterly, Anderson served as an expert witness in a series of federal desegregation and affirmative action cases. He also was an adviser for and participant in several PBS documentaries, including The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow and Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities.

During his distinguished 47-year career at Illinois, Anderson has served in a variety of leadership roles and received several of its highest honors including selection as a Presidential Fellow, a Center for Advanced Study Professor of Education and the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor of Education.

Mason is the Rosalyn Sussman Yalow Professor in Physics at Illinois and the founding director of the Illinois Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. As a condensed matter experimentalist, she works on quantum electronics and materials. Mason is a fellow and former general councilor for the American Physical Society, former chair of the APS Committee on Minorities and has been a regular Whys Guys science presenter on local TV. In 2019, she delivered the TED Talk How to spark your creativity, scientifically.

During her career at Illinois, Mason has demonstrated the surface states in topological materials and individual superconducting bound states in graphene-based systems. In 2014 Mason was appointed a John Bardeen Faculty Scholar in Physics at Illinois. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Maria Goeppert Mayer Award, the Edward Bouchet Award, the Deans Award for Excellence in Research at Illinois and the Denice Denton Emerging Leader Award. Mason also is affiliated with the Materials Research Laboratory and the Holonyak Micro and Nanotechnology Lab at Illinois.

Makri is recognized for her work in theoretical quantum dynamics and numerical path integral simulations of quantum mechanical processes. She is the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Chair, a professor in chemistry and physics, a member of the Illinois Quantum Information Science and Technology Institute and an affiliate of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. She has developed real-time path integral algorithms that address the computational limitations of the Schrodinger equation and is currently studying the effects of electron-vibration interaction on charge and energy transfer.

Makri is the recipient of many awards, including the Beckman Research Award, the Sloan Research Fellowship, the Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, and the Bodossaki Academic Prize in Physical Sciences. She is a medalist and a member of the International Academy for Quantum Molecular Science and a fellow American Physical Society fellow.

Schweizer is the Morris Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and a professor of chemistry and chemical and biomolecular engineering at Illinois. He also is affiliated with the Materials Research Lab and the Beckman Institute, and earned a Ph.D. in physics at Illinois. The overarching goal of his research is to develop novel molecular-scale statistical mechanical theories of the equilibrium and dynamic properties of polymers, colloids, nanocomposites, elastomers, gels, glasses and other forms of soft matter, and apply them to understand experiments and assist in the design of new soft materials.

Schweizer has been the chair of the American Physical Society Division of Polymer Physics and associate director of the National Science Foundation Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for Directed Assembly. Among his numerous awards are the American Physical Society Polymer Physics Prize, John H. Dillon Medal and Fellowship, Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical and Experimental Chemistry of Liquids of the American Chemical Society, the Everitt Award for Teaching Excellence, the Drucker Eminent Faculty Award and the Department of Energy Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in Materials Chemistry.

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences was founded in 1780 by John Adams, John Hancock and others who believed the new republic should honor exceptionally accomplished individuals and engage them in advancing the public good.

We are honoring the excellence of these individuals, celebrating what they have achieved so far and imagining what they will continue to accomplish, said David Oxtoby, the president of the American Academy. The past year has been replete with evidence of how things can get worse; this is an opportunity to illuminate the importance of art, ideas, knowledge and leadership that can make a better world.

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Will Quantum Computing Ever Live Up to Its Hype? – Scientific American

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Quantum computers have been on my mind a lot lately. A friend who likes investing in tech, and who knows about my attempt to learn quantum mechanics, has been sending me articles on how quantum computers might help solve some of the biggest and most complex challenges we face as humans, as a Forbes commentator declared recently. My friend asks, What do you think, Mr. Science Writer? Are quantum computers really the next big thing?

Ive also had exchanges with two quantum-computing experts with distinct perspectives on the technologys prospects. One is computer scientist Scott Aaronson, who has, as I once put it, one of the highest intelligence/pretension ratios Ive ever encountered. Not to embarrass him further, but I see Aaronson as the conscience of quantum computing, someone who helps keep the field honest.

The other expert is physicist Terry Rudolph. He is a co-author, the R, of the PBR theorem, which, along with its better-known predecessor, Bells theorem, lays bare the peculiarities of quantum behavior. In 2011 Nature described the PBR Theorem as the most important general theorem relating to the foundations of quantum mechanics since Bells theorem was published in 1964. Rudolph is also the author of Q Is for Quantum and co-founder of the quantum-computing startup PsiQuantum. Aaronson and Rudolph are on friendly terms; they co-authored a paper in 2007, and Rudolph wrote about Q Is for Quantum on Aaronsons blog. In this column, Ill summarize their views and try to reach a coherent conclusion.

First, a little background. Quantum computers exploit superposition (a particle inhabits two or more mutually exclusive states at the same time) and entanglement (a special form of superposition, in which two or more particles influence each other in spooky ways) to do things that ordinary computers cant. A bit, the basic unit of information of a conventional computer, can be in one of two states, representing a one or zero. Quantum computers, in contrast, traffic in qubits, which are constructed out of superposed particles that embody numerous states simultaneously.

For decades, quantum computing has been little more than a hypothesis, or laboratory curiosity, as researchers wrestled with the technical complexities of maintaining superposition and entanglement for long enough to perform useful calculations. (Remember that as soon as you look at an electron or cat, its superposition vanishes.) Now, tech giants like IBM, Amazon, Microsoft and Google have invested in quantum computing, as have many smaller companies, 193 by one count. In March, the startup IonQ announced a $2 billion deal that would make it the first publicly traded firm dedicated to quantum computers.

The Wall Street Journal reports that IonQ plans to produce a device roughly the size of an Xbox videogame console by 2023. Quantum computing, the Journal states, could speed up calculations related to finance, drug and materials discovery, artificial intelligence and others, andcrack many of the defensesused to secure the internet. According to Business Insider, quantum machines could help us cure cancer, and even take steps to reverse climate change.

This is the sort of hype that bugs Scott Aaronson. He became a computer scientist because he believes in the potential of quantum computing and wants to help develop it. Hed love to see someone build a machine that proves the naysayers wrong. But he worries that researchers are making promises they cant keep. Last month, Aaronson fretted on his blog Shtetl-Optimized that the hype, which he has been countering for years, has gotten especially egregious lately.

Whats new, Aaronson wrote, is that millions of dollars are now potentially available to quantum computing researchers, along with equity, stock options, and whatever else causes ka-ching sound effects and bulging eyes with dollar signs. And in many cases, to have a shot at such riches, all an expert needs to do is profess optimism that quantum computing will have revolutionary, world-changing applications and have themsoon. Or at least, not object too strongly when others say that. Aaronson elaborated on his concerns in a two-hour discussion on the media platform Clubhouse. Below I summarize a few of his points.

Quantum-computing enthusiasts have declared that the technology will supercharge machine learning. It will revolutionize the simulation of complex phenomena in chemistry, neuroscience, medicine, economics and other fields. It will solve the traveling-salesman problem and other conundrums that resist solution by conventional computers. Its still not clear whether quantum computing will achieve these goals, Aaronson says, adding that optimists might be in for a rude awakening.

Popular accounts often imply that quantum computers, because superposition and entanglement allow them to carry out multiple computations at the same time, are simply faster versions of conventional computers. Those accounts are misleading, Aaronson says. Compared to conventional computers, quantum computers are unnatural devices that might be best suited to a relatively narrow range of applications, notably simulating systems dominated by quantum effects.

The ability of a quantum computer to surpass the fastest conventional machine is known as quantum supremacy, a phrase coined by physicist John Preskill in 2012. Demonstrating quantum supremacy is extremely difficult. Even in conventional computing, proving that your algorithm beats mine isnt straightforward. You must pick a task that represents a fair test and choose valid methods of measuring speed and accuracy. The outcomes of tests are also prone to misinterpretation and confirmation bias. Testing creates an enormous space for mischief, Aaronson says.

Moreover, the hardware and software of conventional computers keeps improving. By the time quantum computers are ready for the marketplace, they might lose potential customersif, for example, classical computers become powerful enough to simulate the quantum systems that chemists and materials scientists actually care about in real life, Aaronson says. Although quantum computers would retain their theoretical advantage, their practical impact would be less.

As quantum computing attracts more attention and funding, Aaronson says, researchers may mislead investors, government agencies, journalists, the public and, worst of all, themselves about their works potential. If researchers cant keep their promises, excitement might give way to doubt, disappointment and anger, Aaronson warns. The field might lose funding and talent and lapse into a quantum-computer winter like those that have plagued artificial intelligence.

Lots of other technologiesgenetic engineering, high-temperature superconductors, nanotechnology and fusion energy come to mindhave gone through phases of irrational exuberance. But something about quantum computing makes it especially prone to hype, Aaronson suggests, perhaps because quantum stands for something cool you shouldnt be able to understand.

And that brings me back to Terry Rudolph. In January, after reading about my struggle to understand the Schrdinger equation, Rudolph emailed me to suggest that I read Q Is for Quantum. The 153-page book explains quantum mechanics with a little arithmetic and algebra and lots of diagrams of black-and-white balls going in and out of boxes. Q Is for Quantum has given me more insight into quantum mechanics, and quantum computing, than anything Ive ever read.

Rudolph begins by outlining simple rules underlying conventional computing, which allow for the manipulation of bits. He then shifts to the odd rules of quantum computing, which stem from superposition and entanglement. He details how quantum computing can solve a specific problemone involving thieves stealing code-protected gold bars from a vault--much more readily than conventional computing. But he emphasizes, like Aaronson, that the technology has limits; it cannot compute the uncomputable.

After I read Q Is for Quantum, Rudolph patiently answered my questions about it. You can find our exchange (which assumes familiarity with the book) here. He also answered my questions about PsiQuantum, the firm he co-founded in 2016, which until recently has avoided publicity. Although he is wittily modest about his talents as a physicist (which adds to the charm of Q Is for Quantum), Rudolph is boosterish about PsiQuantum. He shares Aaronsons concerns about hype, and the difficulties of establishing quantum supremacy, but he says those concerns do not apply to PsiQuantum.

The company, he says, is closer than any other firm by a very large margin to building a useful quantum computer, one that solves an impactful problem that we would not have been able to solve otherwise (e.g., something from quantum chemistry which has real-world uses). He adds, Obviously, I have biases, and people will naturally discount my opinions. But I have spent a lot oftime quantitatively comparing what we are doing to others.

Rudolph and other experts contend that a useful quantum computer with robust error-correction will require millions of qubits. PsiQuantum, which constructs qubits out of light, expects by the middle of the decade to be building fault-tolerant quantum computers with fully manufactured components capable of scaling to a million or morequbits, Rudolph says. PsiQuantum has partnered with the semiconductor manufacturer GlobalFoundries to achieve its goal. The machines will be room-sized, comparable to supercomputers or data centers. Most users will access the computers remotely.

Could PsiQuantum really be leading all the competition by a wide margin, as Rudolph claims? Can it really produce a commercially viable machine by 2025? I dont know. Quantum mechanics and quantum computing still baffle me. Im certainly not going to advise my friend or anyone else to invest in quantum computers. But I trust Rudolph, just as I trust Aaronson.

Way back in 1994, I wrote a brief report for Scientific American on quantum computers, noting that they could, in principle, perform tasks beyond the range of any classical device. Ive been intrigued by quantum computing ever since. If this technology gives scientists more powerful tools for simulating complex phenomena, and especially the quantum weirdness at the heart of things, maybe it will give science the jump start it badly needs. Who knows? I hope PsiQuantum helps quantum computing live up to the hype.

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Breakthrough Could Result in Faster and Cheaper Energy to Power Electronics – SciTechDaily

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From left, Pan Adhikari, Lawrence Coleman and Kanishka Kobbekaduwa align the ultrafast laser in the Department of Physics and Astronomys UPQD lab. Credit: Clemson University

By using laser spectroscopy in a photophysics experiment, Clemson University researchers have broken new ground that could result in faster and cheaper energy to power electronics.

This novel approach, using solution-processed perovskite, is intended to revolutionize a variety of everyday objects such as solar cells, LEDs, photodetectors for smartphones and computer chips. Solution-processed perovskites are the next generation materials for solar cell panels on rooftops, X-ray detectors for medical diagnosis, and LEDs for daily-life lighting.

The research team included a pair of graduate students and one undergraduate student who are mentored by Jianbo Gao, group leader of Ultrafast Photophysics of Quantum Devices (UPQD) group in the College of Sciences Department of Physics and Astronomy.

The collaborative research was published March 12 in the high-impact journal Nature Communications. The article is titled In-situ Observation of Trapped Carriers in Organic Metal Halide Perovskite Films with Ultra-fast Temporal and Ultra-high Energetic Resolutions.

The principal investigator was Gao, who is an assistant professor of condensed matter physics. The co-authors included graduate students Kanishka Kobbekaduwa (first author) and Pan Adhikari of the UPQD group, as well as undergraduate Lawrence Coleman, a senior in the physics department.

Other authors from Clemson were Apparao Rao, the R.A. Bowen Professor of Physics, and Exian Liu, a visiting student from China who works under Gao.

Perovskite materials are designed for optical applications such as solar cells and LEDs, said Kobbekaduwa, a graduate student and first author of the research article. It is important because it is much easier to synthesize compared to current silicon-based solar cells. This can be done by solution processing whereas in silicon, you have to have different methods that are more expensive and time-consuming.

The goal of the research is to make materials that are more efficient, cheaper and easier to produce.

The unique method used by Gaos team employing ultrafast photocurrent spectroscopy allowed for a much higher time resolution than most methods, in order to define the physics of the trapped carriers. Here, the effort is measured in picoseconds, which are one trillionth of a second.

We make devices using this (perovskite) material and we use a laser to shine light on it and excite the electrons within the material, Kobbekaduwa said. And then by using an external electric field, we generate a photocurrent. By measuring that photocurrent, we can actually tell people the characteristics of this material. In our case, we defined the trapped states, which are defects in the material that will affect the current that we get.

Once the physics are defined, researchers can identify the defects which ultimately create inefficiency in the materials. When the defects are reduced or passivated, this can result in increased efficiency, which is critical for solar cells and other devices.

As materials are created through solution processes such as spin coating or inkjet printing, the likelihood of introducing defects increases. These low temperature processes are cheaper than ultra-high temperature methods that result in a pure material. But the tradeoff is more defects in the material. Striking a balance between the two techniques can mean higher-quality and more efficient devices at lower costs.

The substrate samples were tested by shooting a laser at the material to determine how the signal propagates through it. Using a laser to illuminate the samples and collect the current made the work possible and differentiated it from other experiments that do not employ the use of an electric field.

By analyzing that current, we are able to see how the electrons moved and how they come out of a defect, said Adhikari of the UPQD group. It is possible only because our technique involves ultrafast time scale and in-situ devices under an electrical field. Once the electron falls into the defect, those who experiment using other techniques cannot take that out. But we can take it out because we have the electric field. Electrons have charge under the electric field, and they can move from one place to another. We are able to analyze their transport from one point to another inside the material.

That transport and the effect of material defects upon it can impact the performance of those materials and the devices in which they are used. It is all part of the important discoveries that students are making under the guidance of their mentor, creating ripples that will lead to the next great breakthrough.

The students are not only learning; they are actually doing the work, Gao said. I am fortunate to have talented students who when inspired by challenges and ideas will become influential researchers. This is all part of the important discoveries that students are making under the guidance of their mentors, creating ripples that will lead to the next great breakthrough. We are also very grateful for the strong collaborations with Shreetu Shrestha and Wanyi Nie, who are top materials scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Reference: In-situ observation of trapped carriers in organic metal halide perovskite films with ultra-fast temporal and ultra-high energetic resolutions by Kanishka Kobbekaduwa, Shreetu Shrestha, Pan Adhikari, Exian Liu, Lawrence Coleman, Jianbing Zhang, Ying Shi, Yuanyuan Zhou, Yehonadav Bekenstein, Feng Yan, Apparao M. Rao, Hsinhan Tsai, Matthew C. Beard, Wanyi Nie and Jianbo Gao, 12 March 2021, Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-21946-2

Support for this project was provided by the Center for Integrated Nanotechnology at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, as well as the South Carolina Research Authority.

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List of Nanotechnology journals – ResearchGate

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List of major Nanotechnology and related journals

1. Nature Nanotechnology

2. Nano Letters

3. Advanced Materials

4. Nano Today

5. ACS Nano

6. Advanced Functional Materials

7. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters

8. Biomaterials

9. Small

10. Nano Research

11. Scripta Materialia

12. Nanoscale

13. Lab on a Chip - Miniaturisation for Chemistry and Biology

14. Materials Science & Engineering A: Structural Materials: Properties, Microstructure and Processing

15. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces

16. Biosensors and Bioelectronics

17. Journal of Physical Chemistry C

18. Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine

19. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology

20. Nanotoxicology

21. Precision Engineering

22. Nanomedicine

23. Nanotechnology

24. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials

25. International Journal of Nanomedicine

26. Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology

27. Journal of Bionanoscience

28. Nanotechnology, Science and Applications

29. Journal of Nanobiotechnology

30. Plasmonics

31. Biomedical Microdevices

32. Biomicrofluidics

33. IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology

34. Microfluidics and Nanofluidics

35. Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering

36. IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience

37. Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology

38. Photonics and Nanostructures - Fundamentals and Applications

39. Physica E: Low-Dimensional Systems and Nanostructures

40. Nanoscale Research Letters

41. Microelectronics and Reliability

42. Journal of Nanoparticle Research

43. AIP Advances

44. Microscale Thermophysical Engineering

45. Microelectronic Engineering

46. Nano Biomedicine and Engineering

47. Nano-Micro Letters

48. ACM Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems

49. Science of Advanced Materials

50. Journal of Nanophotonics

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Puerto Rico Hopes to Join the Space Race – The Weekly Journal

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The island already has a healthy and robust aerospace industry and now wants an even bigger slice of the space-race sector.

The Puerto Rico Ports Authority has released a request for information (RFI) for companies that may be interested in developing a space port at the Jos Aponte de la Torre (JAT) regional airport in Ceiba, located just a few miles from the former Roosevelt Roads Naval Station, which the central government has been trying to fully develop for years.

The JAT property is truly a unique and rare resource, having been isolated from normal redevelopment trends since the early part of the last century and situated at the foothills of El Yunque National Rainforest one of the worlds greatest natural wonders. Its location at the eastern tip of Puerto Rico, centrally situated between the continents of North and South America and with viable trajectories to a large range of desirable low-earth orbit launch inclinations make the location highly desirable for satellite operators to use to place their satellites into orbit, said Ports in its RFI.

The government is seeking input for JAT to be an option for experts and innovative members of the aerospace industry to consider rental space for manufacture, storage, processing or any other aerospace-related activities and how their operations can be considered to be located in Puerto Rico.

The JAT airport currently offers scheduled passenger service via three commercial airlines to the islands of Vieques and Culebra. The airport covers an area of 1,646 acres at an elevation of 38 feet above mean sea level. The facility has one operating runway and a closed runway.

Recent studies, analyses and waivers show significant potential economic benefit through the development of a potential commercial space launch facility. The geographic location and configuration of JAT as a commercial launch site offers a significant range of safe launch inclinations from polar and sun synchronous orbit to equatorial orbits for three launch vehicle types that take off and land horizontally, according to the RFI.

Interested companies have until May 26 to submit their responses.

If the envisioned project is successful, it could help jumpstart the local economy in Ceiba, since Roosevelt Roads was closed in 2008.

The aerospace industry is one of the economic sectors that is experiencing the fastest growth. In fact, in the midst of the pandemic, it was one of the few sectors that did not receive much impact, said Joel A. Piz Batiz, executive director of the Ports Authority.

What we did was an RFI, a Request for Information, which is to knock on the doors of all aerospace companies, both launch, manufacturing and satellite, and let them know that Puerto Rico has these conditions There is a great opportunity for economic development for our youth and the island in the space market, he added.

The Aerospace Industry in Puerto Rico

The island has long been a magnet for the aerospace industry. Some of the aerospace companies with facilities in Puerto Ricomany of them concentrated in the northwest region of the islandinclude Honeywell Aerospace, Collins Aerospace, Pratt and Whitney, Lufthansa Technik, Lockheed Martin, DXC Technologies, El-COM Systems, OPTI Manufacturing, Global Tek Manufacturing, CNC 2000, Multi-Axis Manufacturing and Jet Aviation San Juan FBO.

The aerospace ecosystem is also complemented by a number of educational, scientific and research institutions such as the University of Puerto Ricos (UPR) Nanotechnology Laboratory; Inter American Universitys Aviation School; the Aeronautical and Aerospace Institute of Puerto Rico (a subsidiary of the UPRs Aguadilla Campus); and various related programs at the Polytechnic University, Sistema Ana G. Mndez and Caribbean University. UPR Mayagezs engineering program also offers a pipeline of trained professionals to many companies in the aerospace-related industry.

Sadly, the famous Arecibo telescopes 900-ton receiver platform and the Gregorian dome collapsed last year. The National Science Foundation said that it could cost up to $50 million just to clean up the debris at a renowned radio telescope that collapsed last year in Puerto Rico, adding that investigations into what caused its cables to fail are still ongoing.

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Is There an Invisible Killer Lurking in Some Consumer Products? – Technology Networks

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Our consumer products can be filled with nanomaterials, but they do not show up in lists of ingredients. Credit: MostPhotos/Tatiana Mihailova.

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The consumer products we use, such as food, cosmetics and clothing, may unknowingly be full of nanomaterials. The use of nanomaterials is not regulated and does not need to be stated in the product information. The phenomenon is worrying, as nanomaterials can be even more dangerous than the coronavirus in the long term: they are difficult to measure, they end up in our food chain and, most worryingly, they penetrate cells and accumulate in organs.

Nanotechnology is everywhere today. Thanks to its applications, we are able to treat many diseases so effectively that they are almost gone. We also have materials that are a hundred times stronger than steel, batteries that last ten times longer than before, solar panels that provide twice as much energy, and skin care products that keep us looking youthful. And dont forget to self-clean cars, windows and clothes. These things, previously seen mainly in science fiction and Hollywood movies, have become part of our daily lives.

Nanotechnology has the potential to start the next industrial revolution. The global market for nanomaterials is growing: currently, a market of around 11 million tonnes is worth 20 billion. The direct employment impact of the nanomaterials sector is between 300,000 and 400,000 people in Europe alone.

However, nanomaterials and their use in consumer products are not without problems. A new study published in the journal Nature Communications looked at the potential harm of nanomaterials and their effects on organisms. The researchers used a new, more sensitive method to study nanomaterials and their passage in blood and tissues. The subject of the study was the food chain of the aquatic ecosystem from microorganisms to fish, which in turn is one of the most important sources of human food in several different countries.

- We found that nanomaterials adhere tightly to microorganisms that are used by other organisms for food. This is how nanomaterials end up in our food chain. Nanomaterials can also change shape and size within organisms and can form dangerous compounds that can penetrate cells and spread to other organs. We also found that nanomaterials tend to accumulate especially in the brain, says Fazel A. Monikh , postdoctoral researcher at the University of Eastern Finland.

Researchers say nanomaterials are also difficult to measure: their amount in an organism cannot be measured solely on the basis of mass, which is otherwise a commonly used method for measuring the amount of chemicals. The results of the study highlight the importance of risk assessment of nanomaterials before they are widely used in consumer products. A better understanding of the risks of nanomaterials will also help policy-makers to develop stricter regulations for their use and labeling.

- The products we use, such as food, clothing and cosmetics, may well contain nanomaterials, but they are not mentioned in the product label. This is possible because nanomaterials are not regulated and their measurement from the finished product is impossible due to their small size, says postdoctoral researcher Monikh.

- People have the right to know what kind of products they use and buy for their loved ones. This is a global problem that needs a global solution. Many questions about nanomaterials await one answer: for example, we dont know if they are safe for us and the environment, where they end up after use, and how we can assess their risks, Monikh notes.

ReferenceAbdolahpur Monikh F, Chupani L, Arenas-Lago D, et al. Particle number-based trophic transfer of gold nanomaterials in an aquatic food chain. Nature Communications. 2021;12(1):899. doi:10.1038/s41467-021-21164-w

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5 Side Effects of Taking CBD, According to Science | Eat This Not That – Eat This, Not That

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There is a lot of skepticism around CBD, not to mention it often comes at a premium price. Have you noticed a latte enhanced with the natural plant-based oil can cost you an additional $4 to $5? Still, there are a few positive side effects of taking CBD that may interest you.

There are also many ways you can get your daily fix of CBD. For example, Muscle MX's CBD Cooling Balm, can help muscles to recover faster after a grueling workout. Or, if you need assistance falling asleep at night, Elixinol's Good Night CBD Capsules (which include melatonin) could do just the trick for you. A traditional tincture, such as Nuleaf's Full Spectrum CBD Oil, is also a good route to go, as it easily allows you to add droplets into beverages.

If you decide to take CBD supplements, Vince Sanders, founder and president of CBD American Shaman, advises only taking ones that are treated with nanotechnology.

"This allows for a 90% or higher bioavailability, which means most of what you consume is actually being absorbed into the body," he says. "More absorption means you'll get more of the benefits associated with regular CBD consumption."

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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), taking CBD has been shown to reduce stress in rats. In addition, a 2010 study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacologyfound a positive association between CBD and people with a social anxiety disorder (SAD). Those who took 400 milligrams of CBD experienced a significant decrease in anxiety in comparison with those who took a placebo.

As Sanders notes, CBD works with the body's endocannabinoid system (ECS) which helps to create a calming effect. In fact, a 2019 study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry suggests that CBD's effects on ECS may be an effective treatment for substance use disorder.

"It calms the brain by binding with receptors associated with fearfulness and anxiousness, and it soothes the body by reducing the physiologic stress responses associated with negative feelings," he says.

Here's more information on CBD for anxiety.

Research has shown that taking CBD capsules, tinctures, or even applying topical creams may help to alleviate chronic pain. For example, a small 2018 study published in the journal Transplantation Proceedingsfound that CBD was successful in improving pain levels in six out of seven participants who experienced chronic pain after having kidney transplants.

"When it comes to pain management, the body already produces anandamide, and CBD works with this compound to reduce the perception of pain," says Sanders.

Anandamide, which translates to "internal bliss" in Sanskrit, is an endogenous cannabinoid the body releases when it first senses pain. Anandamide binds to a receptor concentrated in both the brain the central nervous system called CB1 and effectively suppresses the feeling of pain by blocking the signaling.

CBD doesn't bind to the CB1 receptorinstead, it changes the shape of the receptor. Some experts believe that CBD may prevent this receptor, as well as another receptor called CB2, from being broken down, which ultimately allows them to have a greater effect on the body.

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"CBD can block chemical reactions in the body that trigger inflammatory responses," says Sanders.

It's trueCBD binds to what's called the TRPV1 receptors, which are known to mediate pain perception, inflammation, and even body temperature. According to Harvard Medical School, chronic inflammation is associated with heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, and Chron's disease.

Anandamide plays a role in mood regulation. As we know, anandamide binds to the CB1 receptor, and since CBD can stop the breakdown of that receptor that also means it stops the breakdown of anandamide. When we retain more anandamide, we maintain a blissful feeling.

"CBD interacts with the body's endocannabinoid system to help regulate the central nervous system, which can have a positive impact and help stabilize people's moods," says Sanders.

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While CBD, as of now, hasn't been shown to treat epilepsy, it has been shown to help people with the condition manage their symptomsparticularly seizures.

"CBD has been shown to help with balance and homeostasis in the body making it a good resource for those who suffer from epilepsy," says Sanders. "To achieve homeostasis, the majority of people consume 10 to 20 milligrams per day."

More research is needed to identify a stronger association, however, strict government regulationsaround cannabis tend to interfere with this progress.

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