I really feel like publishers are driving me and my literature posts into obsolescence. Wiley publishes plain English summaries next to the articles and the ACS has gone all ultra-web 2.0, pointing out the nifty shit in the literature before I can even read it. In any regard, I can hardly keep this one to myself:
FUCK YEAH. BLOWD UP. Bruno G. De Geest et. al. ( DOI: 10.1021/ja806574h) have come up with a way to explode shit on the nano scale using osmotic pressure derived from the degradation of a dextran-hydroxyethyl methacrylate core of an organic nanoparticle. (It’s more of a multilamellar synthetic vesicle, but I’m sure someone won’t agree with that assesment.) See the figure to the left. The yellow shit inside the squiggly red and blue core is the dextran polymer which is connected by labile carbonate esters. The squiggly shell is composed of covalently cross linked shit that makes it hard and, importantly, not easily broken. Nevertheless, given enough pressure, the shell will break, ejecting the contents all over the place like that one time I got drunk at my friend Jesse’s wedding and totally fucking exploded barf on the porch, bathroom, bedroom, couch, backyard, some guy I hope I never see again… it was awful.1
Now you can blow shit on on the nanoscale. We are one step closer to that Michael Crichtonesque dystopian future of science fucking everyone silly with exploding nano balls- but still notably lacking a cure for cancer, I might add. (rimshot)
1 I invented a drink that night which was one shot Tequila and one shot Tabasco. I then created some decoupage art with my spicy vomit and some Monopoly pieces. Neat!
Bruno G. De Geest, Michael J. McShane, Jo Demeester, Stefaan C. De Smedt, Wim E. Hennink (2008). Microcapsules Ejecting Nanosized Species into the Environment Journal of the American Chemical Society, 130 (44), 14480-14482 DOI: 10.1021/ja806574h