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Boardable Robots are here.

Posted in Uncategorized on July 30, 2012 by betweentwopines

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“RADIOACTIVE WASTE TO BE BURIED AT OLYMPIC SITE” claims an old article.

Posted in Uncategorized on July 29, 2012 by betweentwopines

RADIOACTIVE WASTE TO BE BURIED AT OLYMPIC SITE

The Olympic site is said to house radioactive wasteThe Olympic site is said to house radioactive waste

Sunday July 26,2009

By Ted Jeory and David Jarvis

THOUSANDS of tonnes of radioactive waste is to be buried in a “nuclear bunker” next to the Olympic stadium under construction in London.

Contaminated soil found around old industrial works on the site will be sealed in a radiation-proof concrete container just 400 yards from the athletics track and 250 yards from Stratford International rail station.

A total of 7,300 tonnes of toxic soil will be buried in the “disposal cell” between the stadium, the station and the River Lee which drains into the Thames. It will be lined with a plastic membrane and capped with 4ft of clay.

Two hundred tonnes of the radio- active waste was discovered directly beneath the site of the stadium itself.

The massive bunker, the size of half a football pitch, will be built under an approach ramp to a bridge across the River Lee inside the Olympic Park and next to a site where new homes will be built after the 2012 games.

Documents obtained by the Sunday Express show houses built in the immediate area after the Olympics will have to be designed to prevent the radioactive gas radon leaking in. The documents also reveal contaminated water from beneath the bunker will be prevented from entering the water supply because of potential danger.

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Last night Liberal Democrat Olympic spokesman Don Foster MP called on the Olympic Delivery Authority to reveal scientific proof that the site would be safe for future generations.

The soil was contaminated by several former industries, including plants which made luminous dials for military use. Thorium, a radioactive isotope with a half-life of more than 14 billion years, was used in making London’s gas street lights.

Radium, used in the manufacture of luminous dials, decays into radon which can seep into the atmosphere, into water and into homes.

Experts say many other radioactive isotopes are likely to be present. The Olympic Delivery Authority says the contaminated spoil is all “naturally occurring”, with low-level radiation.

But Mr Foster said: “My immediate reaction is one of concern. It does not do anybody any good to have stuff like this buried next door to where they live. The ODA should now provide a detailed statement of exactly what is there.

“We need independent experts to assure the public that the environment is safe for future generations.”

A radioactive disposal expert who did not want to be named said: “We need to see a full safety analysis of the site for the past, the present and the future. We haven’t seen that and that worries me.”

Mike Wells, 50, who lives in Hackney, said: “The Olympic organisers have gone for dig first and think second when it should have been the other way round. A lot of people here are worried.”

Those familiar with the site have always had doubts about pushing through such a complex project in a limited amount of time.

Many of the facilities are being built on the former West Ham landfill tip, where drums of radioactive waste and other chemicals were dumped in the Fifties and Sixties.

The stadium complex itself stands on the site of a former nuclear reactor used by scientists at London University until it was decommissioned in 1982.

A report from radiological consultants Nuvia told the ODA the overall risk to site workers and future visitors was “negligible” and within safety standards. But it warned any future housing “would need to be designed to minimise radon intrusion”. And it added: “Water should not be abstracted from below the disposal site to water vegetables, etc.”

The ODA was yesterday unavailable for comment.

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ATS Forum Discussion link and snippet below.

Guess Who Owns The Mall Adjacent To Olympic Stadium ?

Frank Lowy.

Former Israeli commando Frank Lowy, 81, recently opened the Mega Mall adjacent to Olympic Stadium and Stratford subway station. Frank Lowy was Larry Silverstein’s partner in the World Trade Center on Sept 11. 2001.

Over two-thirds of all those attending the Olympics stadium are expected to transit through Westfield’s new “Stratford City Center.”

Larry Silverstein and his partner Frank Lowy acquired a 99-year lease on the entire World Trade Center complex just weeks before the 9/11/01 attack.

www.henrymakow.com…

911review.com…

Are these dudes up to something again?

The first insurance pay-off was about 4.3 Billion….Here’s the kicker –

(Reuters) – Pool Re, the state-backed British reinsurer that covers terror attack-related commercial property losses, has 4.5 billion pounds ($7.3 billion) of assets to cover the Olympic Games and is not jacking up premiums for the event.

uk.reuters.com…

And this gets me really thinking….

According to a May 2011 news article from Ynet News, the Mossad is involved in Olympics security. A source at the British Olympic Association said that “certain Israeli elements are advising us on securing the Olympic games.”

www.ynetnews.com…

All of the elements are in place.

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Solar storms and pineal gland – riding the power wave

Posted in Uncategorized on July 29, 2012 by betweentwopines

 

by ADONAI

– JULY 14, 2012POSTED IN: COSMIC EVOLUTIONEARTH CHANGESEDITORS’ PICKSSPACE WEATHER

Email Email According to study published in the New Scientist back in 1998, there is a direct connection between the Sun’s solar storms and human biological effects. The conduit which facilitates the charged particles from the Sun to human disturbance — is the very same conduit which steers Earth’s weather —– the magnetic field. Animals and humans have a magnetic field which surrounds them — in the very same way the magnetic field surrounds the...

According to study published in the New Scientist back in 1998, there is a direct connection between the Sun’s solar storms and human biological effects.

The conduit which facilitates the charged particles from the Sun to human disturbance — is the very same conduit which steers Earth’s weather —– the magnetic field. Animals and humans have a magnetic field which surrounds them — in the very same way the magnetic field surrounds the Earth as a protector.

From 1948 to 1997, the Institute of North Industrial Ecology Problems in Russia found that geomagnetic activity showed three seasonal peaks each of those years (March to May, in July, and in October). Every peak matched an increased incidence of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and suicide in the city Kirovsk.

Electromagnetic activity from the sun affects our electronic devices and human electromagnetic field. We are physically, mentally, and emotionally altered by electromagnetic charges from the sun, our body can feel sleepy but also become highly energized.

Psychological effects of CMEs (coronal mass ejections) are typically short lived and include headache, palpitations, mood swings, and feeling generally unwell. Chaotic or confused thinking, and erratic behaviors also increase. Solar storms can drive our emotions and maximize it to both good and bad side – the point here is to be aware of it.

Pineal gland in our brain is also affected by the electromagnetic activity which causes the gland to produce excess melatonin, a hormone which can cause sleepiness but it’s also known that some people have opposite side effects, usually those that are aware of the effects.

Riding the power wave – pineal gland stimulation

Our pineal glands have excess melatonin production during solar storms – electromagnetic activity. Many biological effects of melatonin are produced through activation of melatonin receptors, while others are due to its role as a pervasive and powerful antioxidant, with a particular role in the protection of nuclear and mitochondrial DNA.

Pineal gland is also referred as the third eye, and the third eye is also known as the inner eye. The third eye is a mystical and esoteric concept referring in part to the ajna (brow) chakra in certain dharmic spiritual traditions, in particular Hinduism. This concept was later adopted by Christian mystics and spiritualists as well as people from other religious faiths. It is also spoken of as the gate that leads within to inner realms and spaces of higher consciousness. Among Christian mystics, the term is used in a broad sense to indicate a non-dualistic perspective. In New Age spirituality, the third eye may symbolize a state of enlightenment or the evocation of mental images having deeply personal spiritual or psychological significance. The third eye is often associated with visions, clairvoyance (which includes the ability to observe chakras and auras), precognition, and out-of-body experiences. People who have allegedly developed the capacity to utilize their third eyes are sometimes known as seers.

For the reasons most of you know – humans tend to have their pineal glands heavily calcified – sleeping.

Fluoride (found in tap water, toothpaste, processed foods…) is just one of the things that causes calcification of pineal gland. Fluoride is magnetically attracted to the pineal gland where it forms calcium phosphate crystals more than anywhere else in the body. How to decalcify pineal gland? One excellent link is here.

Third eye should be active, vibrant and strong… the process of decalcification sometimes includes headaches and sleepiness… – the same as they say for solar storms like the one in effect now.

… enjoy the weekend.

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Related Discussion onATS.

Topic started on 27-7-2012 @ 09:01 PM by TechUnique

I’m on my phone so I can’t post to the best of my ability.. please bare with me.

The earths magnetic poles are shifting at an ever increasing rate. This is a fact, now I will quote from an old thread of mine to save time..

Cells in the human body require a pulsed
magnetic field and magnetic resonance
stimulation in order to catalyze the
reactions that take place every second.
When Yuri Gagarin made that historic first
manned flight into space we did not know
how vital these two processes were to life
on earth. Because these two processes
were not simulated by technology for Yuri
Gagarin when he left earth he experienced
depressed metabolism, mental depression,
bone loss, muscle degeneration, impaired
perception and over all fatigue.

Yuri Gagarin was only in space for 108
minutes.. I can only imagine what
prolonged magnetic malnourishment would
do to life on earth. But not only that, when
the magnetic field stabilises it will be
completely different anatomically than what
it is now. So how different will our cells
react if we do survive long enough to
‘Adapt’ to this new field?

Assuming that our magnetosphere is behaving in a way we are not used to let us ask these questions..

Could the strange weather we are experiencing and the rise in natural disasters be linked to this? Could some of these ‘bad feelings’ that something bad is about to happen be linked to this?

Could some of these threads about ‘spiritual energy’ be linked to this?.. What about the increase in dreaming? Or the increase in emotional irate? The lack of logical thought process? People acting weird?

If our magnetic field is ‘playing up’ what’s to say this isn’t the cause of some of this craziness? I’m not a scientist, I’m not very smart and I don’t know… this is wild speculation at best but maybe I’m on to something.

reply posted on 27-7-2012 @ 09:05 PM by TechUnique

Here is the old thread of mine I quoted from.

reply posted on 27-7-2012 @ 09:08 PM by buster2010

It is a possibility. The human mind is tied into the earths magnetic field.

reply posted on 27-7-2012 @ 09:12 PM by TechUnique

reply to post by buster2010


If I understand correctly our whole perception and memory retention require the earths magnetic field to function properly.

If so the ramifications of a ‘faulty’ field are quite huge. In my opinion.

reply posted on 27-7-2012 @ 09:20 PM by AQuestion

reply to post by TechUnique


Dear TechUnique,

Could the strange weather we are experiencing and the rise in natural disasters be linked to this? Could some of these ‘bad feelings’ that something bad is about to happen be linked to this? Could some of these threads about ‘spiritual energy’ be linked to this?.. What about the increase in dreaming? Or the increase in emotional irate? The lack of logical thought process? People acting weird? If our magnetic field is ‘playing up’ what’s to say this isn’t the cause of some of this craziness?

I read the post and logged on before even recognizing that you had written it. I seem to be ending up on threads with you lately. Peace.

Love the question. A while back I caught a YouTube video by a meteorologist in the midwest. She was talking about all the crazy weather and the mass bird and fish die offs. She mentioned that the sun was having lots of flares and that the earths magnetosphere was at a low point. She hypothesized that the solar blasts might be what was effecting both the animals and the weather.

Recently I read an article about some Russian scientists that hypothesized (and say they have evidence for) that magnetic effects of solar flares could effect people’s pineal glands. Many believe that the pineal gland which releases a chemical called DMT, could be responsible for spiritual experiences. Here is a link from the Watchers regarding this,

Solar storms and pineal gland – riding the power wave. I came across the article by accident when I was searching the terms “pineal gland” and “Solar”. I was searching because I wondered, what if there was going to be a coming “awakening”, what could trigger something worldwide and solar flairs came to mind because we have been having a lot of activity. Months ago I read another article that discussed how the magnetic pole shift of the sun is different this time because the halves of the sun are not rotating their poles in a normal manner, not in sync with each other.

I guess my answer is, maybe.

50,000 year old paintings of ‘Aliens’

Posted in Uncategorized on July 29, 2012 by betweentwopines

Here’s a topic from  ATS  started  by HumanCondition.

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Topic started on 28-7-2012 @ 06:37 AM by HumanCondition

Disclaimer: I apologise greatly if any offense is taken to this by any Aboriginal peoples.

The Wandjina or Wondjina are a common figure seen in Australian Aboriginal cave paintings.


They are most commonly seen in the North West of Australia, a place called The Kimberley’s. Which is basically a large oasis surrounded by the harshest desert and wild ocean.

Beings some of the closest Australian land to Southern Asia, it is likely that the Aborigines who settled in The Kimberley’s were some of the first people to reach Australia over some 50,000 years ago. Some evidence even points to them coming up to 70,000 years ago.

Aboriginal dream time stories and cave paintings have often been considered more myth then reality, like the stories we find in the teachings of modern day religions. But recent discoveries of Animal fossils such as the mega fauna have revealed that some of these stories were probably once accounts of real life events; passed down by thousands of generations.

So it is not impossible to believe that if these drawings are not based on humans they could be based on some other real life thing.

The thing that really gets me about the Wandjina is that they are always painted with big dark eyes.
There is no shortage of dark pigments, so why if they were drawing a fellow Aboriginal did they not make the body dark and eyes light?

Why were the eyes always so disproportionate to the face and nose?

Why not draw the mouth? There has never been a wandjina found with a mouth.

The head is usually surrounded by a band with outward radiating lines. Elaborate head-dresses are both the hair of the Wandjinas and clouds. Long lines coming out from the hair are the feathers which Wandjinas wore and the lightning which they control.

The story goes that:

WANDJINA, came down from the Milky Way during DREAMTIME and created the earth and all its inhabitants. Then he took one look at those inhabitants and headed back home for reinforcements.
This was going to be a tricky job.

With the aid of the DREAMTIME-SNAKE, the WANDJINA descended and spent their DREAMTIME creating, teaching and being God-like to the natives. These Gods from the Milky Way were so powerful that they didn’t need to speak. So they didn’t bother to have mouths.

They were definite good guys, and are still worshipped and respected Top Gods to this day. (And how many deities can still say that?) Eye-witness reports are thin on the ground, but many ancient cave paintings still exist and show eerie creatures with large heads, huge black eyes and suspiciously spacesuit-like garments. In fact, they look just like Grey aliens from modern U.F.O. abduction scenarios.

Strangely enough, in 1838, a sea captain discovered an amazing treasure trove of Aboriginal artistry, filled with primitive and powerful WANDJINA cave pictures. His name was Captain Grey. Coincidence???
We can’t tell you because the Kimberley tribes are very close-mouthed, just like their WANDJINA.

In Aboriginal mythology, the Wondjina (or Wandjina) were cloud and rain spirits who, during the Dream time, created or influenced the landscape and its inhabitants.[1] When they found the place they would die, they painted their images on cave walls and entered a nearby waterhole.

Today, certain Aboriginal people of the Mowanjum tribes repaint the images to ensure the continuity of the Wondjina’s presence.[2] Annual repainting in December or January also ensures the arrival of the monsoon rains, according to Mowanjum belief.[3] Repainting has occurred so often that at one site the paint is over 40 layers deep. The painting style evolves during this process: the figures of recent years are stockier and some now possess eyelashes.[4]

The Wondjina paintings have common colors of black, red and yellow on a white background. They appear alone or in groups, vertically or horizontally depending on the dimensions of the rock, and can be depicted with figures and objects like the Rainbow Serpent or yams. Common composition is with large upper bodies and heads that show eyes and nose, but typically no mouth. Two explanations have been given for this: they are so powerful they do not require speech[5] and if they had mouths, the rain would never cease. Around the heads of Wondjina are lines or blocks of color, depicting lightning, clouds or rain. The Wondjina can punish those who break the law with floods, lightning and cyclones.[6] The paintings are still believed to possess these powers and therefore are to be approached and treated respectfully. Each site and painting has a name.

Alien or not, you cannot deny the history is amazing.

This is the oldest continuous sacred painting movement on the planet.

Is there a large pyramid underground between Mt Mckinley and Nome Alaska?

Posted in Uncategorized on July 28, 2012 by betweentwopines

From ATS comes this fascinating story. Follow the link below.
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Check this out

Tonight on Coast to Coast, ex Military intel analyst contacted a woman that works for CTC as a investigative journalist. He gives her proof on who he was and tells her there is a Ancient Pyramid in Alaska bigger than the biggest one in Egypt. Located between Noam and Mcinelly mountain.

It was discovered due to Chinese underground nuke test that allowed US sensors to pick up a Pyramid in Alaska.

Now get this, he was told while trying to dig into this in the past, that he doesn’t have clearance for full disclosure but that “they” [aliens] don’t want us mucking around their base anyway.

Now get this, there were huge number of disappearances in Alaska, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out why, people are being abducted and not returned.

And why stop here, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that even pyramids in Giza Egypt obviously have ET connection in the past.

Except the Alaskan underground pyramid is HOT and HUMMING, an active base, run by morally destitute Aliens who use humans for occasional food, sex slaves, toys, you name it.

There you go ATS, you now know even more than US President, you know that fool don’t have the need to know.

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Impossible Energy Beam Detected at Bosnia Pyramids

Posted in Uncategorized on July 23, 2012 by betweentwopines

 

Published on June 20, 2012 by  in Architecture

Did our ancient ancestors create pyramids to harness or even send energy?  A new discovery seems to be pointing in that direction:

 An international team of physicists have found the impossible according to researchers and scientists involved with the Bosnian Pyramids excavations.  At the Pyramid of the Sun site, the team detected an energy beam coming directly through the top of the structure.  Measurements of the energy beam provided the following data:

Radius of beam – 4.5 metres

Frequency of beam – 28 KHZ

Beam is continuous and strength grows as it moves up and away from pyramid (which according to laws of physics is impossible).

 

According to the team, this discovery is pointing to the ancient builders actually having created a perpetual motion machine that is apparently still working today. 

 But the question that remains is what exactly was/is this energy being used for?  Let’s hope researchers find some answers with the ongoing investigations in Bosnia.

 Check out this link for more information and discoveries on the Bosnian Pyramids here:

http://blog.world-mysteries.com/strange-artifacts/bosnian-pyramids-and-world-history

Read more: http://mitchey179.quazen.com/arts/architecture/impossible-energy-beam-detected-at-bosnia-pyramids/#ixzz21TE63YD6

 

The ‘chemputer’ that could print out any drug

Posted in Uncategorized on July 23, 2012 by betweentwopines

 

When Lee Cronin learned about the concept of 3D printers, he had a brilliant idea: why not turn such a device into a universal chemistry set that could make its own drugs?

 
Lee Cronin professor of chemistry in Glasgow University

Chemistry professor Lee Cronin with the ‘chemputer’ he has adapted from a 3D printer. Photograph: Murdo Macleod

Professor Lee Cronin is a likably impatient presence, a one-man catalyst. “I just want to get stuff done fast,” he says. And: “I am a control freak in rehab.” Cronin, 39, is the leader of a world-class team of 45 researchers at Glasgow University, primarily making complex molecules. But that is not the extent of his ambition. A couple of years ago, at a TED conference, he described one goal as the creation of “inorganic life”, and went on to detail his efforts to generate “evolutionary algorithms” in inert matter. He still hopes to “create life” in the next year or two.

At the same time, one branch of that thinking has itself evolved into a new project: the notion of creating downloadable chemistry, with the ultimate aim of allowing people to “print” their own pharmaceuticals at home. Cronin’s latest TED talk asked the question: “Could we make a really cool universal chemistry set? Can we ‘app’ chemistry?” “Basically,” he tells me, in his office at the university, with half a grin, “what Apple did for music, I’d like to do for the discovery and distribution of prescriptiondrugs.”

The idea is very much at the conception stage, but as he walks me around his labs Cronin begins to outline how that “paradigm-changing” project might progress. He has been in Scotland for 10 years and in that time he has worked hard, as any chemist worth his salt should, to get the right mix of people to produce the results he wants. Cronin’s interest has always been in complex chemicals and the origins of life. “We are pretty good at making molecules. We do a lot of self-assembly at a molecular level,” he says. “We are able to make really large molecules and I was able to get a lot of money in grants and so on for doing that.” But after a while, Cronin suggests, making complex molecules for their own sake can seem a bit limiting. He wanted to find some more life-changing applications for his team’s expertise.

A couple of years ago, Cronin was invited to an architectural seminar to discuss his work on inorganic structures. He had been looking at the way crystals grew “inorganic gardens” of tube-like structures between themselves. Among the other speakers at that conference was a man explaining the possibilities of 3D printing for conventional architectural forms. Cronin wondered if you could apply this 3D principle to structures at a molecular level. “I didn’t want to print an aeroplane, or a jaw bone,” he says. “I wanted to do chemistry.”

Cronin prides himself on his lateral thinking; his gift for chemistry came fairly late – he stumbled through comprehensive school in Ipswich and initially university – before realising a vocation for molecular chemistry that has seen him make a series of prize-winning, and fund-generating, advances in the field. He often puts his faith in counterintuition. “Confusions of ideas produce discovery,” he says. “People, researchers, always come to me and say they are pretty good at thinking outside the box and I usually think ‘yes, but it is a pretty small box’.” In analysing how to apply 3D printing to chemistry, Cronin wondered in the first instance if the essentially passive idea of a highly sophisticated form of copying from a software blueprint could be made more dynamic. In his lab, they put together a rudimentary prototype of a chemical 3D printer, which could be programmed to make basic chemical reactions to produce different molecules.

He shows me the printer, a nondescript version of the £1,200 3D printer used in the Fab@Home project, which aims to bring self-fabrication to the masses. After a bit of trial and error, Cronin’s team discovered that it could use a bathroom sealant as a material to print reaction chambers of precisely specified dimensions, connected with tubes of different lengths and diameters. After the bespoke miniature lab had set hard, the printer could then inject the system reactants, or “chemical inks”, to create sequenced reactions.

The “inks” would be simple reagents, from which more complex molecules are formed. “If I was being facetious I would say that to find your inks you would go to the periodic table: carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and so on,” Cronin says, “but obviously you can’t handle all those substances very well, so it would have to be a bit more complex than that. If you were looking to make a sugar, for example, you would start with your set of base sugars and mix them together. When we make complex molecules in the traditional way with test tubes and flasks, we start with a smaller number of simpler molecules.” As he points out, nearly all drugs are made of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen, as well as readily available agents such as vegetable oils and paraffin. “With a printer it should be possible that with a relatively small number of inks you can make any organic molecule,” he says.

The real beauty of Cronin’s prototype system, however, is that it allows the printer not only to control the sequences and exact calibration of inks, but also to shape, from a tested blueprint, the environment in which those reactions take place. The scale and architecture of the miniature printed “lab” could be pre-programmed into software and downloaded for use with a standard set of inks. In this way, not only the combinations of reactants but also the ratios and speed at which they combine could be ingrained into the system, simply by changing the size of reaction chambers and their relation with one another; Cronin calls this “reactionware” or, because it depends on a conceptualised sequence of flow and reorientation in a 3D space, “Rubik’s Cube chemistry”.

“What we are trying to do is to combine the notion of a reaction with a reactor,” he says. “Conventionally the reactor is just the passive space or the environment in which a reaction takes place. It could be something as simple as a test tube. The printer allows it to be a far more active context.”

So far Cronin’s lab has been creating quite straightforward reaction chambers, and simple three-step sequences of reactions to “print” inorganic molecules. The next stage, also successfully demonstrated, and where things start to get interesting, is the ability to “print” catalysts into the walls of the reactionware. Much further down the line – Cronin has a gift for extrapolation – he envisages far more complex reactor environments, which would enable chemistry to be done “in the presence of a liver cell that has cancer, or a newly identified superbug”, with all the implications that might have for drug research.

In the shorter term, his team is looking at ways in which relatively simple drugs – ibuprofen is the example they are using – might be successfully produced in their 3D printer or portable “chemputer”. If that principle can be established, then the possibilities suddenly seem endless. “Imagine your printer like a refrigerator that is full of all the ingredients you might require to make any dish in Jamie Oliver’s new book,” Cronin says. “Jamie has made all those recipes in his own kitchen and validated them. If you apply that idea to making drugs, you have all your ingredients and you follow a recipe that a drug company gives you. They will have validated that recipe in their lab. And when you have downloaded it and enabled the printer to read the software it will work. The value is in the recipe, not in the manufacture. It is an app, essentially.”

What would this mean? Well for a start it would potentially democratise complex chemistry, and allow drugs not only to be distributed anywhere in the world but created at the point of need. It could reverse the trend, Cronin suggests, for ineffective counterfeit drugs (often anti-malarials or anti-retrovirals) that have flooded some markets in the developing world, by offering a cheap medicine-making platform that could validate a drug made according to the pharmaceutical company’s “software”. Crucially, it would potentially enable a greater range of drugs to be produced. “There are loads of drugs out there that aren’t available,” Cronin says, “because the population that needs them is not big enough, or not rich enough. This model changes that economy of scale; it could makes any drug cost effective.”

Not surprisingly Cronin is excited by these prospects, though he continually adds the caveat that they are still essentially at the “science fiction” stage of this process. Aside from the “personal chemputer” aspect of the idea, he is perhaps most enthused about the way the reactionware model could transform the process of drug discovery and testing. “Over time it may redefine how we make molecules,” he believes. “In particular we can think about doing complex reactions in the presence of complex chemical baggage like a cell, and at a fraction of the current cost.” Printed reactionware could vastly speed up the discovery of new proteins and even antibiotics. In contrast to existing technologies the chemical “search engine” could be combined with biological structures such as blood vessels, or pathogens, offering a way to quickly screen the effects of new molecular combinations.

After publishing some of this thinking and research in recent papers, Cronin has of course been talking to various interested parties – from pharmaceutical companies intrigued by its implications for their business models, to Nato generals responding to the idea of the ultimate portable medicine cabinet on the battlefield.

He hopes that large-scale humanitarian organisations – the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the rest – might take a hard look at the public health and cost benefits of introducing such a possibly revolutionary technology to the developing world. As a scientist, Cronin tends to play down the potential legal and practical obstacles that will no doubt challenge the idea – “I don’t imagine gangsters printing their own drugs, no” he says to one question – and sees only benefits.

“As yet,” he says, “we don’t even know what the device would look like.” But he believes that now the idea is established “there is no reason at all – beyond a certain level of funding – why it all couldn’t happen very soon.” Cronin is impatient to get on with it as quickly as possible. “As well as transforming the industry and making money,” he says, “we could be saving lives. Why wait?”

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