Research and Engineering Development

Progress continues to be made with the new whole body vitrification system. Our metal contractor has completed work on the operating table cold stage, and more equipment has been interfaced to the computer system.

This system will allow an unprecedented degree of control over the whole body cryoprotection and vitrification process, and in particular it is hoped the cooling stage will allow deep cooling to -100C on the operating table, avoiding the time and warming that results from moving to another cooling system. This is just part of what is being accomplished with the Bina and Martine Rothblatt matching grant. It is hoped that the work will be completed enough for thorough testing by the start of the year.

Minor renovations are being made to suite 109 to accommodate this testing and the bypass and vitrification lab being assembled by Chana Williford. We anticipate substantial completion by the end of this month. Chana is also assembling formal experimental protocols for all our activities to ensure more than full compliance with regulatory requirements.

Southern California Cryofeast

(A.K.A. The Turkey Roast, BBQ and Pot Luck)
Once a year, Alcor cryonicists from around the Southern California area, gather together and have a fabulous party. What better way to meet and mingle with optimistic futurists from every walk of life! This is your opportunity to get answered all those nagging questions like: “who are these people?” And “What’s with the ice?” Bring a bathing suit and towel if you feel like a dip in the pool or hot tub.

Location: Red Rhino Ranch
10250 Penrose St.
La Tuna Canyon, CA 91352 USA

Our gracious hosts who have volunteered their private home are: Emi Joy and Baron Reichart Von Wolfsheild. You’ll be met with open arms and warm greetings.

Date: Saturday, December 2nd 2006
Time: 2:P.M. till 10:P.M. or until you can drive again

And/or call 310.795.0141 and coordinate with Regina Pancake on what you will
bring for the pot luck, so as to avoid embarrassing amounts of any one food group.

Northern California Team Training

Saturday, November 11th and Sunday, November 12th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Are you curious about what happens when an Alcor Emergency Response Team is called into action?

You are invited to observe or participate in our 2006 Northern California training session. Instruction will be provided by members of the Alcor readiness and transport team.

The purpose of this training session is to teach people interested in learning about or joining the emergency first response team for the Northern California region.

There will be presentations of the emergency techniques and procedures employed by Alcor’s first responders and mannequins will be provided for hands-on practice.

If you are interested in participating in the training session to become an Alcor Certified Transport Technician or would just like to observe and meet Alcor representatives and other members, please RSVP to Michelle Fry.

Michelle Fry
* 877/462-5267 ext 104

There will also be an informal dinner after the training session on Saturday, November 11th which is open to anyone interested in meeting other Alcor members. The location for the dinner will be announced at Saturday’s training session.

Board of Directors Meeting

There will be an Alcor Board of Directors meeting this Saturday, November 4, at 11 am Arizona time at the Alcor facility at 7895 East Acoma Drive in Scottsdale, Arizona. All are invited to attend. Lunch will be served.

Conference Comments

Alcor Conference Comments

The 2006 Alcor Conference is over, and frankly we are still catching our breaths. A big thank you to everyone who made this conference a success, both Alcor staff and volunteer. We thought people would like to see some of the comments being made about it around the internet:
Report on the Alcor Conference 2006 [Part 1]
Report on the Alcor Conference 2006 [Part 2]
Photos from Bruce Klein

Board Meeting Cancelled

We had orginally planned for there to be a regular board meeting this
Saturday the 14th. However, since a couple board members cannot make it
Saturday and we just had the conference, we have decided to cancel the
meeting. The next board meeting will be the one regularly scheduled for

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Last Chance!

The Sixth Alcor Conference is rapidly approaching, but you can still pay at the door to attend. There will be nearly 200 people there, discussing science, medicine, and cryonics. They will also get a sneak peak at Alcor’s current progress and future plans. Be there or you will miss all the fun!
Details Here

New Freitas Publications

Robert A. Freitas Jr., who will be speaking at our upcoming conference, has just published with three co-authors the most comprehensive analysis of the hydrogen abstraction tool (for diamond mechanosynthesis) ever written. It is published in the current issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry, a prestigious mainstream chemistry journal of the first rank. The abstract at the ACS website is here. BerhaneTemelso, the lead author and PhD graduate student at Georgia Tech, won the Foresight Distinguished Student Award for his work on this paper. Alcor’s support is proudly acknowledged at the end of the paper and helped make this fine work possible. They also have a second paper in progress, with the same co-authors (which include David Sherrill and Ralph Merkle), probably to go to the same journal, analyzing the hydrogen donation tool.

Rob continues working on his “magnum opus” paper on diamond mechanosynthesis –a comprehensive study of all reaction pathways needed to build a basic adamantane cage (the repeating unit of diamond crystal) using positionally-controlled chemistry, and also to build and recharge all the tools needed for this. The analysis uses good quality ab initio quantum chemistry methods, has been in progress for 2 years, and has required thousands of simulation runs (with each run typically needing 10-20 hours to complete on a 2-3 GHz computer). The study is now about 80-85% finished and sufficient useful pathways for building diamond have been found. The paper will be submitted and published sometime in 2007 and will provide the first well-checked clearly-defined theoretical procedure for building diamond (and building all necessary tools), using mechanosynthetic tools, that has ever been published.

Some of Rob’s recently published papers, which directly acknowledge Alcor’s support whenever format permits, are available online as follows:
(1) Robert A. Freitas Jr., “Pharmacytes: An Ideal Vehicle for Targeted Drug
Delivery,” J. Nanosci. Nanotechnol. 6(September/October 2006):2769-2775.
(Description of another new nanorobot, called the pharmacyte, published in a
mainstream peer-reviewed nanotech journal.)
(2) Berhane Temelso, C. David Sherrill, Ralph C. Merkle, Robert A. Freitas
Jr., “High-level Ab Initio Studies of Hydrogen Abstraction from Prototype
Hydrocarbon Systems,” J. Phys. Chem. A 110 (28 September 2006):11160-11173.
(3) Jingping Peng, Robert A. Freitas Jr., Ralph C. Merkle, James R. Von Ehr,
John N. Randall, George D. Skidmore, “Theoretical Analysis of Diamond
Mechanosynthesis. Part III. Positional C2 Deposition on Diamond C(110)
Surface using Si/Ge/Sn-based Dimer Placement Tools,” J. Comput. Theor.
Nanosci. 3(February 2006):28-41.
Full Paper
(The final Zyvex paper evaluating the use of our proposed dimer placement tool to add carbon atoms to build diamond structures — the paper reports that the tool should work well.)
(4) Robert A. Freitas Jr., “Nanotechnology, Nanomedicine and Nanosurgery,”
Intl. J. Surgery 3(December 2005):1-4.
Full Paper
(An invited editorial for a noted surgery journal, discussing nanorobotics for surgery.)
(5) Robert A. Freitas Jr., “What is Nanomedicine”” Nanomedicine: Nanotech.
Biol. Med. 1(March 2005):2-9.
Full Paper
(First paper in the first issue of the first major mainstream journal on nanomedicine.)
(6) Robert A. Freitas Jr., “Current Status of Nanomedicine and Medical
Nanorobotics (Invited Survey),” J. Comput. Theor. Nanosci. 2(March
Full Paper
(An extensive invited survey article on the field of nanomedicine.)

Bill Voice Leaves Alcor

Just a quick notice that Bill Voice is no longer with Alcor. Bill worked with Alcor over a year, assisting with training, preparation, and casework. He has moved on to better and brighter things, going full time to nursing school. We wish Bill the best of luck in his future career.

Alcor’s Wealth Preservation Trust

A new presentation has been added to the Alcor conference which will be of interest to many Alcor members. Dr. Michael Riskin will be joined by Tanya Jones to discuss Alcor’s wealth preservation trust. This trust is intended to enable Alcor members to protect their assets while in cryopreservation and includes special provisions addressing the long-term financial needs of Alcor members. The presentation will provide a brief history of how this trust was developed and update you on its current status. There will be an overview of the financial aspects of the trust and how it is structured, including the ways it differs from other perpetual trusts.

Click here for full conference details