We’ve previously covered the rapidly growing field of 3-D “Printing.”
Now, comes the story of a woman who received an entirely new jaw that was made by a 3-D printer.
Based on a study of 100,000 people. Details here.
An intriguing column from Forbes:
Certainly, hospitals could use the Jobs touch. In a stunning eulogy, Jobs’ sister Mona Simpson recounted how an intubated Jobs asked for a sketchpad in the ICU. “He designed new fluid monitors and x-ray equipment,” she said. “He redrew that not-quite-special-enough hospital unit.
I have often said that airlines have the worst customer service with medicine second-worst. Apple’s solutions are elegant because they take charge of the entire customer experience (i.e., hardware, software, Apple store, etc.).
In medicine, it is the opposite. The ER nurses don’t communicate with the hospital nurses, the doctor doesn’t to bother to look at the form you laboriously filled out, etc., etc. The amount of wasted time is breathtaking and that translates into big dollars.
Designer Drugs are so five minutes ago. Now its Custom Bacteria. Reporter Dan Voorhis picks up the story.
In my presentations on ‘global warming’ I have a slide that asks,
What is the role of consensus in science?
The answer, of course, is “none.”
Yet, time after time, we keep hearing that global warming “deniers’” position is unreasonable because it flies in the fact of scientific consensus. But outside of climate “science,” skepticism is valued and consensus is scoffed at.
Here is a news story, out today, about the 2011 Nobel Prize in chemistry
That must be the exception, right? Wrong! Here is a story from the Associated Press about the 2005 Nobel Prize for Medicine:
Peura, who met Marshall when both worked at the university and considers him a friend, said Marshall’s perseverance was responsible for the eventual acceptance of the theory. “Any lesser of a person probably would not have been able to withstand some of the ridicule and scorn that was thrown at him initially,” Peura said.
So, science is at its best when someone challenges conventional wisdom with experimental evidence and facts. Consensus? Unscientific.
Hat tip: Anthony Watts
Details here. Great news if it can be done on a large scale.
Below, I talk about 3D manufacturing.
Today, the Wall Street Journal has a story about custom-growing a trachea for a cancer patient and implanting it into the windpipe.
Think about combining the technologies: Fast-developed custom-made body parts to cure the injured.
We live in an absolutely amazing world that we often do not appreciate.
I’ve been a supporter of the new National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, which will be tasked with keeping agriculture safe from terrorism and other perils, replacing an older facility in New York to a to-be-constructed location near Manhattan, Kansas. It is being chartered by the Department of Homeland Security. Given the interest and expertise we have in the central U.S., it makes sense to have it here.
In the last two days, several newspapers in the region (here is one) have run stories about the facility being “hardened” to withstand 230 mph winds from a tornado. Given the virulent pathogens that will be kept there, 230 mph is too low, in my opinion. We know that winds in some rare tornadoes can top that figure by a significant margin.
Meteorologist and tornado researcher Dr. John Snow agrees:
“It sounds to me like they (the DHS) are a little low on their wind speeds,” said John T. Snow, [former] dean of the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences at the University of Oklahoma.
I hope the operators of the facility will listen to these concerns.
There is scientific evidence of the “awkward stage” where even athletic young people become uncoordinated.
In other words, the bulk of the available science about adolescent development suggests that there is a period during which young people, even those who have always been superb little athletes, are going to trip over their own feet.
I remember going into that stage. I do not recall coming out of it.
In fact, I ask for “motor skills” every Christmas, but Santa does not seem to deliver.
New airplanes are being built with composite materials because they are both lighter and stronger. For that reason, Wichita has become one of the leading locations worldwide in the application of these materials. We have been hoping this will lead to medical breakthroughs and, apparently, it has.