Innovation at nano tech 2018 has biotech flavor

Nanotech and biotech are becoming more closely linked, ranging from nanocellulosic fibers to a new system for wideranging cancer marker identifications from just 1 milliliter of urine specimen. From February 14th to 16th at the Tokyo Big Sight International Convention Center on the waterfront of Japan's capital city, nano tech 2018 will be held where such close links will be highlighted.

Nanocellulose, these days under keen scrutiny by and more recently the focus of research funding from forestry, agriculture and related biotech industries due to the fact that cellulosic material from plants, hitherto used to manufacture paper products and building components or to yield biomass and combustible fuel, can now produce super-strong yet light components such as those required by various vehicles among other uses.

Nagoya University booth at nano tech 2018 will feature a newly developed system for identifying a wide range of cancer from all types of organs using just a single milliliter of urine obtained from the potential patient. This system was developed jointly by researchers at Nagoya University, Kyushu University, National Cancer Center and Japan Science & Technology Agency (JST) as well as Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED).

Of course there will be the mainstay exhibitors at the show, in recent years organized by a Professional Congress Organizer subsidiary of Japanese travel giant JTB, JTB Communication Design. Speaking of design, design of as well as in relation to water is apparently the latest trend. Obviously water is closely linked to the nano-level activities... though it has bigger implications at larger building block sizes.

Water in different forms has been found healthful since the antiquities. One image this reporter has is the spa and for ladies cosmetics use, perhaps bathing in a tub. Since water is hydrogen and oxygen, with the former having been shown to combat free radicals imperiling youthful dermatological formations of even the fairest, the modern-day bathtub at home seems a popular location for producing healthful doses of hydrogen.

There are also bath salts and the like, but considering that some places like Singapore are frenetically working to desalinate saltwater, this seems rather problematical for the future. Interestingly, there is a Japanese outfit [unfortunately not at nano tech this year] called Leiwa Tech that is availing an AI speaker-sized, though without concomitant audio, device -- accompanying photo, courtesy Leiwa Tech -- to make hydrogen without magnesium along with it.

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