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The reading time while in Sickbay wasn’t exactly the ideal vacation, however, she was able to catch up on the Manticore’s activities while on the shuttle, as well as really read through in-depth reports about her own Nanite Antibodies, as she had grown to call them.


The material was quite a crash course in nanite construction, their ability to perform various tasks, and their coded instruction and destruction languages. The development of the tiny organisms, if they could be categorized that way, were infinitely more complex than any individual study she had ever examined at the Academy, or any study aboard Ranger or Manticore that she could remember.


‘Memories’; there was a fateful word. Her memories of any prior activities with regard to the Borg or further nanite infection were still gone. There was another word, ‘infection’, as referred to in many of the notes, but were Nanites really an infection or more of an invasion.


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Dr Chalice was in such deep study that she missed two meal trays, allowing them to grow cold. The detailed information about the character of the remaining nanites was consuming enough for her. These microscopic machines were capable of more functions than Starfleet could identify. The gigabytes of code contained within each one was amazing to fathom, as the Borg had developed a way to shorten code snippets into single characters that would perform large tasks.


She read through thousands upon thousands of pages with topics such as ‘Mechanosynthesis’, ‘Molecular Assemblers and Machines’, ‘Productive Nanosystems’, ‘Nanorobotics’, ‘Nanotechnology’s Impact, Application and Regulation’, ‘Nanomedicine: Nanotoxicology, Sensors, and Nanobiotechnology’, and so many other titles on Nanomaterials, Nanoelectronics and so many other Nanoid functions. It was overwhelming for most, but for Vilanne, she was more than engrossed, she was completely consumed.


Nancy Smith, the on-duty nurse, waddled over to Vilanne’s biobed, which was overflowing with PADD’s. She bent down to pick up a few that had dropped to the floor and placed them on her tableside. “Are you sure, doctor, that you have enough reading materials?” Nancy spoke with a tinge of sarcasm.


It was enough to bring Vilanne out of her nano-trance. “Oh, sorry Nancy. I was just trying to catch up on things I haven’t had time to thoroughly study.”


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“Perhaps a meal will help all this knowledge go down easier.” Nancy pushed the food tray next to all of the PADDs, making them tumble down onto Vilanne’s lap.


She picked up one, titled ‘Resequencing DNA with Nanotechnology’, and paused for a moment, then tucked it next to her leg for further reading after her meal. “Thank you Nancy, I guess I haven’t been doing any good with my nutritional intake.”


Nancy glanced around for a second to see who was near, before replying, “I’d hate to have to report this to Dr Jaz. She’s pretty busy filling your shoes, though if I may say, she is doing a wonderful job at it.”


“I’m sure she is,” she responded while removing the cover off of the hot food. “Oh, more remorphed pot roast proteins,” with a disappointed sigh, “Wish we had some fresh food.”


Nancy took the lid from Vilanne and nodded, “Agreed, but I’ll see if I can get you some fresh vegetables from hydroponics. I hear they had a rather good harvest of asparagus.”


After inhaling the food, Vilanne took the tray to the reclamator, dragging the filtration machine behind her, then returned to her biobed, made up the covers and slipped back in between them with a sitting position, so she could return to her reading. She reset optimal lighting and pulled out her next selection.


Vilanne had requested some diagnostic equipment, while resting in the luxury of Sickbay, which did not even include a private room this visit since so many were finishing their stays in the other beds. With her medical tricorder, she tried to locate any of the nanites, but wasn’t able to with this limited equipment. She did, however, locate all of the spinal couplings attached at the base of her skull, and noted the replaced bones were now activation units and communication like ports, but only accessible within her body to the nanites.


The filtration unit had completed its cycles, reporting that there were ±.0024% chance of leftover units from the infectious nanites, though reported that 100% of them were eradicated.


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She began digging through the DNA Resequencing book, grasping the concepts without any trouble. After reading through some of the design capabilities that caused strength in the walls of the nanite tubule structures, she reviewed some of her own test results after the Science Department did their cleansing. She took a sample of her tissue and used the high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), Raman spectroscopy and density functional theory (DFT) to perform these calculations.


Not only had the outer hull structure of her nanites changed, they were stronger. No longer where they single layered molecule, but dual-layered micro robots that could work on a cellular level, but in such strength that virii and electromagnetic attacks would have no effect. Each nanite examined contained terabytes of code.


The DNA structure of each molecule had been rearranged by the cleansing process, causing the structure to now be a Buckminsterfullerene, a spherical fullerene molecule. This spherical design of a truncated icosahedron made of 20 hexagons and 12 pentagons, with a carbon atom at the vertices of each polygon and a bond along each polygon edge which would change the way that the nanites were worked inside of her body. Each had the potential to be free-floating in that it would no longer have to work in clusters, and could carry out individual assignments, and that these double-walled carbon nanotubes would now be able to fight off disease, but to even act like a containment field with respect to punctures to any part of the body.


She called the doctors over to review her findings and remove the filtration unit, but also asked a nurse to bring over a laser scalpel. She hopped that a visual of slicing through her skin to watch the nanites in their hyper-powered state, would be the example that would convince them to take the changes she had identified seriously, and join in conceiving the possibilities of those changes and potential for their use.



(Sources: http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Nanite, http://en.wikipedia....ki/Nanorobotics, http://en.wikipedia....wiki/Buckyballs, http://en.wikipedia....Carbon_nanotube, http://www.fbi.gov/n...m_content=50541, http://www.fbi.gov/n...m_content=51508, )[/center]




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