In a world where the importance of Melanin and its connection to Black people are swept under the rug or denied, the United States Government is preparing to use Melanin for military applications and devices.
Trudreadz, in an article, stated that the U.S Army would transform overnight if they replaced the technologies they have now with the planned melanin-based technologies. And we believe this to be true, for only a few understand the power of MELANIN.
The military applications which Melanin will undergo will arrive at end-products such as the creation of melanin-based clothing coatings, harvesting of thermal energy to be used for cold weather vehicles, exponential improvement in radiation shielding capacity, dramatically improving EMP shielding capacity, creation of melanin technologies that assist in disease reduction, an increase in the military capacity to store and release energy, and many more.
According to a government site, two programs, known as SBIR (The Small Business Innovation Research) and STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer), were made available to domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D), with a very competitive outlook, focusing on the potentials of commercialization.
Below is a detailed process of how the government plans to use melanin for military applications, according to SBIR.gov:
OBJECTIVE: Prototype solid melanin-based material for additional application testing such as harvesting thermal energy for cold weather vehicle/clothing coating, EMP shielding, radiation shielding/countermeasure/prophylaxis, stored energy & energy release.
DESCRIPTION: Melanin is a biological polymer that possesses many desirable properties with clear Army applications in dampening radar signatures, EMP shielding, radiation protection, cold condition protection, energy storage/transduction and an alternative circuit material.
Naturally produced melanin absorbs energy in many different forms (UV, visible light, ionizing radiation, electromagnetic), binds toxic materials (metals, oxiding agents, free radicals) and provides structural strength.
Melanins are believed to be the primary protective mechanism for microorganisms that survive in harsh environments like Chernobyl, Fukushima and Antarctica. Experimental mice injected with melanin survive otherwise lethal doses of gamma irradiation.
Melanin absorbs solar radiation and could be used to improve solar panels for energy harvesting. While this material represents extraordinary properties, exploitation for military applications is impossible without scale production of the naturally biologically produced version.
Synthetic melanin is estimated to be 40-60% less efficient than naturally derived melanin. Research on industrial production of natural melanin will allow for future structural studies on why synthetic melanin lacks several properties.
At the industrial scale, melanotic materials (either naturally or synthetically produced) could yield revolutionary benefits in the battlespace such as inexpensively EMP shielding sensitive equipment, protecting soldiers from the harmful effects of radiation, enhanced mountain and alpine operations, new types of batteries and possibly even explosives.
Melanin based coatings can be clearly tied to Army modernization priorities for the Next generation combat vehicle (NGCV) through its EMP/EMR protective properties, Networks through EMP/EMR protective properties and as a possible circuit material and finally soldier lethality through its thermal absorption properties enhancing mountain/alpine operations.
PHASE I: Conduct a systematic study of naturally produced melanin’s ability to collect, store, and release multiple forms of dispersed energy with an emphasis on efficient production. Evaluate shelf-life and safe storage conditions as well.
PHASE II: Develop scalable production methods while retaining desirable energy transduction properties. The goal is to develop prototype solid melanotic materials (sheets, bricks, powder, etc) that can be further evaluated in military applications. Use of a bioreactor, fermentation vessel or padreactor system at the industrial scale are encouraged. Phase III – Provide at least 1kg of solid, naturally derived, melanin. This will be used to seed additional development in multiple application areas from vehicle/fabric/ building material coatings, body armor and battery packs. As a material that absorbs a very wide range of energy, it may have many, many applications.
PHASE III: Possible new class of explosives. Melanotic materials are also useful for EMR/EMP shielding and thermal energy absorption.
What Are The Sources Of Melanin In Nature And Why Do Black People Find This News Disturbing?
Many Black people have shared their concerns that this Melanin would be sourced from the skins of Black people, and that if the government is going to be needing much, then it will mean the death and disappearance of many Black people.
But before we go with the opinions and fears of our people, let us look at the sources of melanin in nature, and the possibility of isolating melanin from other sources.
According to Wikipedia: “The melanin in the skin is produced by melanocytes, which are found in the basal layer of the epidermis. Although, in general, human beings possess a similar concentration of melanocytes in their skin, the melanocytes in some individuals and ethnic groups produce variable amounts of melanin.”
Further research has shown us that there are three basic kinds of melanin, which are eumelanin, pheomelanin, neuromelanin. The common type is the eumelanin, which is further divided into two types: Brown eumelanin and Black eumelanin. These three major types of melanin are found in the human body.
The other source of melanin are: plants. The melanin produced by plants is referred to as catechol melanins. This is because they yield catechol on alkali fusion. It is commonly seen in the enzymatic browning of fruits such as bananas. Chestnut shell melanin can be used as an antioxidant and coloring agent. Biosynthesis involves the oxidation of indole-5,6-quinone by the tyrosinase type polyphenol oxidase from tyrosine and catecholamines leading to the formation of catechol melanin. Despite this many plants contain compounds that inhibit the production of melanins.
So with the information we have gathered from research about the source of melanin, the big question still lingers. And that is: Where will the scientists get their melanin from?
According to the government website, the only information about their source of melanin is a statement that said: “Melanins are believed to be the primary protective mechanism for microorganisms that survive in harsh environments like Chernobyl, Fukushima, and Antarctica.”
So will they isolate melanin from the microorganism, instead of Black people, like many Africa-Americans have opinned? That is a question for us all to research on and find answers to.
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