Friday, May 04, 2012

Spinning Spare Parts

Interesting posts from Kurzweil and MIT's Technology Review regarding cardiovascular tech using a patient's skin cells to do the deed, thus eliminating the rejection process inherent with anything foreign introduced into the body to, in this case, replace blood vessels compromised by disease, aging or traumatic injury. 

But that's not all.

It seems some aspects of creativity mimic the 1st law of Thermodynamics whereby, like energy, an idea is transformed, not created or destroyed, in similar fashion to the 1st law. In this application, the invention of spinning wool or other material into threads to make clothing has been around for thousands of years, a process now being integrated into doing the same thing for health in creating woven blood vessels to save lives, something very cool if you ask me. 
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