From the Ladies’ Home Journal in 1900, predictions for the future (which happened ten+ years ago). So let’s see what they got right (but mostly wrong).
There will be Air-Ships. I wish. Sure, airplanes; but why not a good ol’ dirigible? Still hung up on the Hindenburg, are we?
An American population of 350 to 500 Million. Currently, the population is 312 Million people.
A claim of expelling C, X, and Q from the alphabet. Hasn’t happened, but they do state, “Spelling by sound will have been adopted, first by the newspapers. English will be a language of condensed words expressing condensed ideas…” While we haven’t done away with any letters, their prediction sounds a bit like twitter and texting. omglolwtfbbq.
No Mosquitoes nor Flies. While we’ve made it easier to get rid of these pests, I think it might be a bad idea to eradicate an entire species of insects.
There will be No Street Cars In Our Large Cities. Lulz.
There will be No Wild Animals except in menageries. Ok, that’s just an odd thing to predict in just a hundred years. And by odd, I mean stupid.
Man will See Around the World; Telephones Around the World. Interwebs ftw.
Peas as Large as Beets. That’s kinda gross. I’m glad this didn’t happen. But the sentiment of modified vegetables is a reality.
There are more predictions at the link which are equally strange, if not stranger.
Artificial blood vessels could help those in urgent need of an organ transplant
Artificial blood vessels made on a 3D printer may soon be used for transplants of lab-created organs.
Until now, the stumbling block in tissue engineering has been supplying artificial tissue with nutrients that have to arrive via capillary vessels.
A team at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany has solved that problem using 3D printing and a technique called multiphoton polymerisation.
The findings will be shown at the Biotechnica Fair in Germany in October.
Out of thousands of patients in desperate need of an organ transplant there are inevitably some who do not get it in time.
In Germany, for instance, more than 11,000 people have been put on an organ transplant waiting list in 2011 alone.
To make sure more patients receive these life-saving surgeries, researchers in tissue engineering all over the globe have been working on creating artificial tissue and even entire organs in the lab.
But for a lab-made organ to function, it needs to be equipped with artificial blood vessels - tiny and extremely complex tubes that our organs naturally possess, used to carry nutrients.
The individual techniques are already functioning and they are presently working in the test phase”
Dr Gunter Tovar Fraunhofer Institute, Germany
Numerous attempts have been made to create synthetic capillaries, and the latest one by the German team seems to be especially promising.
"The individual techniques are already functioning and they are presently working in the test phase; the prototype for the combined system is being built," said Dr Gunter Tovar, who heads the BioRap project at Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB in Stuttgart.
3D printing technology has been increasingly used in numerous industries, ranging from creating clothes, architectural models and even chocolate treats.
But this time, Dr Tovar’s team had a much more challenging printing mission.
To print something as small and complex as a blood vessel, the scientists combined the 3D printing technology with two-photon polymerisation - shining intense laser beams onto the material to stimulate the molecules in a very small focus point.
The material then becomes an elastic solid, allowing the researchers to create highly precise and elastic structures that would be able to interact with a human body’s natural tissue.
So that the synthetic tubes do not get rejected by the living organism, their walls are coated with modified biomoelcules.
Such biomolecules are also present in the composition of the “inks” used for the blood vessel printer, combined with synthetic polymers.
"We are establishing a basis for applying rapid prototyping to elastic and organic biomaterials," said Dr Tovar.
"The vascular systems illustrate very dramatically what opportunities this technology has to offer, but that’s definitely not the only thing possible."
If those who are anti-science in the US are allowed to carry the day it will ultimately hurt the American economy. The best scientists will head for the established leaders of science, such as the UK and emerging powerhouses such as China and India. But beyond that it will damage the US’s standing in the world. Who will be able to take its leaders seriously? They may not care, but they should.
Science is worth fighting for. It helps us understand the world and ourselves better and will benefit all humanity.
We have to hope that the people of the US will see through some of the nonsense being foisted on them by vocal minorities. It is time to reject political movements that reject science and take us back into the dark rather than forward into a more enlightened future.
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320 million years ago, mammals and reptiles reached an evolutionary parting of the ways. We’ve now sequenced a lizard genome for the first time ever, and it’s vastly different from our own…but in a few crucial ways, it’s shockingly similar. The green anole lizard of the southeastern United States…
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shhh. were surrounded by cyborgs. and snooki. which is even worse. we cant let the trees hear us. they're the evil snitches. there gonna tell the evil mistress were not robots. you cant trust the trees. or those damned bunnies.
oh no what about those robot bunnies? and what do you mean we’re not robots?