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Revolutionary Machine Brings Dead Hearts Back to Life

It’s here…it’s real…and it has saved lives…

Medical science is growing by leaps and bounds, making use of never-heard-of-before technology to improve peoples’ lives.

A new machine that’s recently come on the scene can now bring a dead heart back to life!

Designed by a Massachusetts-based company called TransMedics, the device is a surprisingly small box on wheels that can preserve the heart of a clinically dead donor long after it has ceased to beat.

The mechanics behind Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”.

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Source: Wired

The device supplies oxygen, blood, and nutrients to the organ, keeping it beating until it could reach its recipient.

Before the advent of the Organ Care System device, donor hearts had to be kept cool while still inside the body before being detached and transported at the ideal temperature of 39 degrees Farenheit to slow down its metabolism. Only a very short window of time was available to transport the donor heart before its cells started breaking down, rendering it useless.

TransMedics’ Organ Care System

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Source: Victor Chang

Medical professionals no longer have to keep a tight time-watch on this most important of human organs, with edge-of-your-seat emergency transportation by air in special storage at critical time limits before its usefulness for implantation expires.

Keeping it beating and warm…

Supplied image obtained Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 of a heart in a machine that connects a heart to a sterile circuit where they were kept beating and warm ahead of being transplanted to patients. St. Vincent's Hospital has carried out the first successful DCD (Donated after Circulatory Death) Heart Transplants using distant procurement hearts with this newly developed technique in Sydney. (AAP Image/Supplied by St Vincent's Hospital) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

This is the very first time the technology to keep a human heart alive until it reaches its recipient has been achieved, and it has increased its implantation eligibility to a wider reach of recipients by 15 to 30 percent.

While the Organ Care System, which costs around $250,000 each, is still undergoing clinical trials in the U.S., and awaiting approval from American regulators, it has already been used successfully to save the lives of a total of 15 people in Australia and the UK.

Say goodbye to “circulatory death.”

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Warm, beating hearts will now be more readily available to revive our loved ones, and who knows, maybe even ourselves…

H/T: Smithsonian Magazine and MDT Magazine

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Meet the Next Einstein, the Physics Genius Who Built a Plane at Age 14!

22-year old Physics genius is the real-life Sheldon Cooper

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What were you doing at age 12? Perhaps like me, you've been playing a lot of video games. Well compared to us mere mortals, Sabrina Gonzales Pasterski is the embodiment of a young genius oozing with potential. At age 12 she already co-piloted an FAA1 plane, and at age 14 she built her own single-engine plane and sought certification for it in MIT. And that was just the beginning...

When 14-year old Pasterski walked into MIT seeking approval for her self-built plane, she caught the attention of MIT Executive Secretary Peggy Udden because she is a very young achiever.

At first, professors at MIT were not fully convinced with what the genius girl can do and thus she was waitlisted for the MIT program for Physics. It was Udden who showed Professors Allen Haggerty and Earll Murman the video of Pasterski building her own plane at 14 years old that convinced them to accept her into the program. Haggerty has this to say when he reminisce watching the video, ...

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Science Discovers That Earth Was Hit Head On By a Planet the Size of Mars

A recent discovery is saying that the reason why there are similarities between the fragments of the moon and the Earth is because of a Mars-like planet colliding head on with the Earth way back when.

Just in case you have forgotten your high school science lectures, everything in outer space, our included, are by-products of a series of collisions that well, resulted to pretty much all the planets, moons and asteroids that are in space. One of the most interesting collisions is that of a mars-sized planet, Theia, and of Earth.

The science community has been up in arms however over whether small planet Theia hit the Earth head on or just side swiped it.

A new analysis of lunar rock and soil samples suggests that the Earth got full-on clobbered by an ancient planet called Theia.

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To Save Lives, Engineer Designs Plane With Detachable Cabin For Emergencies

This could either be a massive breakthrough or an epic failure.

Plane crashes can be really scary. In fact, so very few survive these accidents. Well, things may soon potentially change if Vladimir Tatarenko’s invention proves to be a success.

This aviation engineer from Ukraine has been working hard for 3 years to find a solution for the much-dreaded plane problem. What he eventually came up with is a unique plane design with a detachable cabin.

“Surviving in a plane crash is possible," said Ukrainian inventor Vladimir Tatarenko.

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