Kai looks down at her lap with hard eyes.
Kai: “I’ll manage long enough for you to set up a splicing station in Sweden…but we’ll need you to be quick…“
Kai hands Majhee a letter covered in legal jargon.
Kai: “This was in our mail pile this morning…“
Majhee: “From Space Co? ‘…challenges arising from our pursuit of exclusive patents … we write to inform you of a forthcoming publication embargo on research concerning SynTh-spliced photon-harvesting biofilms…IN 6 WEEKS’??”
Nova: “I’m convinced they’re lurking in the OSE forums.”
OSE = Open SynTh Exchange
Kai: “Well, outrunning Space Co to every application of SynTh was never a long-term sustainable plan, Nova…“
Nova: “So what do we do?”
Majhee, angrily: “No more low-hanging fruit. We sprint to finish the biofilm paper…then I say we put everything we’ve got towards developing the SynTh-hybrid skin idea!”
Nova: “Yes!! Self-cleaning and self-mending fabric, here we come!”
Iara: “But Nova, so far we’ve only ever managed fabric that changes color and texture…and Breno’s confirmed that Space Co’s patent on SynTh batteries cuts us out. We need a different source of fuel.”
Felix: “Bastards! They would’ve taken at least another 5 years without us or the OSE!”
Breno: “Lucky for us, 22 failed experiments trying other sources of fuel are already up on the OSE…“
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