[ExI] Essential Upload Data (was: Subject: Boltzmann brains)

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Fri May 15 14:27:49 UTC 2020



From: extropy-chat <extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org> On Behalf Of John Clark via extropy-chat


> Cheap it may be, but I believe storage at higher temps - as high as feasible for cryopreservation - is what I think has better chances of reanimation. No need for refrigeration, an enclosure can be designed with liquid nitrogen that has a natural temperature gradient. The cooling will still be passive, the same amount of LN2 will be required, but the vessel will be much larger.


>…It's simple and cheap to store a brain at -196C, you just put it in a big thermos and pore in some liquid nitrogen, but to evenly store it at -135C would be complex and expensive, you'd need all sorts of fans and heat exchangers and sensors and a computer network to manage it all, and that is a lot of places where a catastrophic failure could occur…



On the contrary.  Storing at a stable -135C is cheaper and easier than -196C: -135C is below the critical point of argon.  Liquid argon gradually boils off at -135C when held around 30atm (as I recall (it was way below the pressure of our lab compressed argon bottles (which were 200 atm.)))  


This turned into a big deal right around 1986 when liquid nitrogen temperature superconductivity was discovered.  The boss of the lab where we worked heard that this effect might even work as high as 150 to 160 K range, so he let us fool with setting up a liquid-argon pressure vessel (we wanted to see if it would be a pain in the ass to vent the argon (with the notion that if there is too much of it, argon would displace air and you couldn’t tell until you died.))  Turns out it is easy to maintain -135C.  


There are other things that can be added to the argon to raise the boiling point even higher.  I had thought of oxygen, but that didn’t raise the BP much at all.  Besides that, venting oxygen into a lab isn’t a good idea either: if there is a lot of it in one place, it makes a fire hazard.


I never heard that superconductivity much above liquid nitrogen temperatures ever did happen.


If we can find any benefit (or even non-harm) to storing brains or full body at -135C, I know how to do that.





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