Now we’re talking Stem Cells!!!! I’ve always believed that we were capable of harvesting our own stem cells to provide a better match for our bodies than sources obtained elsewhere. Now technology has finally come up with a solution! In a recent article from MIT, they explain how they are now capable of taking an individuals own stems cells to create synthetic windpipes. “The synthetic windpipes are made by growing a patient’s own stem cells on a lab-made scaffold. In the future, this technique could be adapted to create other organs, such as a replacement esophagus, heart valve, or kidney.” Great story with lots of promise. Image new pancreas for those with Diabetes, liver and heart replacements. We are just getting started!
Imagine if you will, Homes in the entire southwest retro-fitted with technologically advanced home elements to harness the power of the sun. I’m not talking about just solar panels heating the pool, I’m talking about critical elements: a roof, windows and pavement. There already are roofing tiles that serve as solar panels, and now there is solar glass. What if we were to incorporate a network of sensors into our driveways, concrete around pool areas and sidewalks? Even more important, what if we were to perfect a solar storage battery that would hold power until needed? With this latest technology, I believe we are closer to that dream of a sustainable home that is “off the grid.”
Colorful ‘solar glass’ means entire buildings can generate clean power
Something new right out of Star Wars is the “Hover Bike”. Imagine yourself flying above traffic in downtown Seattle or New York or coasting over a river valley. If the prototype works this may became a reality sooner rather than later.
Sounds good, right? Well, it gets better. How about a bike that cleans the air while you ride? Now that’s what I call a good workout! A Bankok based company has developed plans for just such a bike and it’s attracting a lot of attention.
I think this is how we need to look at being a good stewards of the earth. Taking our every day activities and transforming them into a counter-balance to our impact.
Hover bikes and laser lights: The sci-fi future of cycling
Let’s face it. The people of this planet require energy to live, conduct business, protect themselves from the elements and grow the food we serve at our tables. Currently there are a number of wide ranging risks with obtaining the basic elements to “fuel” our society. I was particularly interested in this article because, living in Michigan I’m around a lot of water. I see each spring small ponds, lakes and creeks choke with fast growing algae blooms. While a fast growing process, nature normally takes its time clearing it out. What if we were to have a fast growing source to fuel our society, wouldn’t that be ideal? The scientists at the DOE’s Pacific National Laboratory have developed a process that essentially “speeds up” the process of turning Algae into a fuel source. If anyone wants to share what else they know about this great process, please feel free to add to the conversation. Thought you might enjoy the article.
Algae to crude oil: Million-year natural process takes minutes in the lab