Re: BUSINESS: Transhuman Posters

Natasha V. More (
Mon, 10 Mar 1997 23:07:18 -0700 (MST)

At 08:59 PM 3/10/97 -0400, Johnny Carwash wrote:

>>If you have that kind of tech, and want semiconductors in your skin, use
>>diamond circuitry. Much more useful would be diamondoid plates. Or
>>perhaps buckyhair. How does buckyfiber rate on the Kevlar scale? For
>>more decoration, artificial quartzes, corundum, or diamond, with
>>impurities in some particular pattern.

>Since most fibres are polymers, (like Kevlar), it
>would be very possible to make a super Kevlar, a lighter stronger Kevlar,
>through nanotechnology. By arranging the atoms manually, all the problems
>associated with Kevlar can be eliminated. In fact,

>I think a good design
>would be strands of super Kevlar joining nanoscale diamond crystals. Since
>they're all carbon based (diamonds being pure carbon) it may be possible to
>chemically bond them. I'm not sure though, I'm not an organic chemist.

Is Kevlar similar to polymers such as cellulose, proteins and silk, or those
synthesized in laboratories and sold commercially, such as plastics and
synthetic fibers? What I like about polymers is that they consist of up to
millions of repeated linked units, each a relatively light and simple molecule.

I was just reading briefly about Baekeland's synthetic shellac plastic
material is made from formaldehyde and phenol. (Sounds like my old printing
press - toxic -) What I find interesting is that Bakelite products were
used initially for electrical insulation.

But with polymers we are getting into the "rubber" concept, which I would
rather steer clear of. First, it is over done, second it looks cheap, and
third its passe'. I'm more interested in what is possible and what serves a
multiple-purpose: functionality, design and bio-tech. Especially as
prosthetics become more and more a part of our physiology.
Natasha Vita More [fka Nancie Clark]
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