Your cells, Micelles, Our Bioelectric Cells.
Skip to the ****’s if you already know what micelles are and want to get to the cool part.
Micelles are what allow soap to lift off grease - those white orbs are attracted to water (hydrophic), but their tails are repelled by it (hydrophobic). This happens when lipids encounter fluid - the polar heads face towards the aqueous (polar) surrounding, and the hydrophobic tails naturally avoid the water. What kind of ‘structure’ the clustering of lipids make in reaction to water depends on the lipid’s concentration. The result of their clustering together is the formation of vesicles in the center - that bubble of space in the center, which you might remember for learning cells in biology class - they not only affect the structure’s bouyancy and movement, but also their metabolism because the lipid bilayer that surrounds them enacts a kind of intelligent osmosis; absorbing what’s needing and holding in or rejecting ions/proteins/molecules as required.
As a result, vesicles are used both naturally and in medicine to transport things like proteins or drugs to various cells in the body.
The above is a molecular dynamics simulation of a graphene sheets hosted within a vesicle. The research, conducted at the University of Illinois and published at the end of 2009, concluded following simulations that graphene can be integrated into micelles to form a ‘hybrid graphene-membrane superstructure’, allowing electrical and digital structures to move through biological systems within a waterproof structure accepted as natural by the organism.
Other crazy research with micelles was conducted in Germany, suggesting that micelles could contain protocells - non-living organisms capable of metabolizing and often producing materials (There’s some really interesting architectural research on this figureheaded by Rachel Armstrong.) The study supposes that
"the information stored in the PNA influences the functioning of the metabolism, turning the template intoan actual genome. The protocell grows with the incorporated nutrients. With the reach of a critical size, the container becomes unstable and divides into two daughter cells. Supposed that nutrients are provided in the right stoichiometric ratio, the two daughter cells will be replicates of the original organism[…allowing it to] build vitro as a minimal molecular machine, able to undergo self replication and ﬁnally, evolution.”
In short, we’re reaching a level of blending between digitizable materials (ie graphene) and biological materials that, may I say, is fairly cyborgy. But it’s also part of a fairly nearby future in which nanomedicine becomes a more everyday part of care, cities and their structures intelligently process energy without waste, everybody owns a Roomba…
So what I’m saying is, how about we take some micelles, fill em up with graphene and protocells, instate programs in the graphene which trigger an intelligence to the protocells, who then absorb CO2 and transform it into a limestone like structure, underwater, get ourselves an underwater city in like two days or so?
—Subject to continuous editing as I figure out what the hell is going on in the world. (Rachel Armstrong has been contacted).—