The Thunderbolts video Introducing Alex Fournier - Electricity of Life is a stunning short free youtube video that pacts in a lot of information in only 8 minutes.
Below is a summary of some of what it covers, for more details about the papers and videos referenced by Alex Fournier visit the youtube page or the Thunderbolts site.
In this first video of the new series, The Electricity of Life, Alex Fournier reports on the useful new molecular electronics-based models that Biologist Luca Turin has contributed to two different fields
Introducing Alex Fournier - Electricity of Life | Thunderbolts
Some video highlights
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- Biologists aren't use to thinking of electrons crossing membranes
- Perception that proteins are insulators not conductors - coincidence that effective benzodiazepines all share a high electron affinity. this seems to allow them to pull an electron from the long protein that bridges the cell membrane at a GABA receptor site, transforming it into a conductor
If anaesthetics could cause changes in electron currents of proteins, you could use electron spin resonance to detect these changes? An experiment on fruit flies seemed to prove this could be done.
The science of smell:
- The overall electronic vibrational profile of a molecules atoms can potentially better its odor than previously considered traits of shape
- Effectiveness of synthesising new scents by their desired molecular frequency - you only need to calculate the vibrational spectrum of a desired scent molecule and then calculate a synthetic molecule that will match this electronic footprint