Monday Marvels: Top 5 Marvels Nov. 4 – Nov. 11
1. First Heartless Man: Not the Tin Man
We may no longer need to search for the Wizard of Oz when it comes to needing a heart thanks to Dr. Billy Cohn and Dr. Bud Frazier. At age 55, Craig Lewis’ heart was beyond traditional medical interventions; even a pacemaker could not save him. However, today he is alive and well because of a continuous flow device created by the two doctors from the Texas Heart Institute. With no heart and no pulse, he is the first heartless man not to be made of tin.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”075666277X” locale=”us” height=”100″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Hl%2BNMJebL._SL110_.jpg” width=”100″]2. Would You Vacation in Space?
Orbital Technologies, a Russian company is claiming to have a hotel in space that will be ready to accommodate guests by 2016. The “Commercial Space Station” hotel will offer four cabins with a capacity for seven guests. Due to a lack of flowing water, showers will consist of wet wipes and toilet waste will be carried through the air. And yet a five day visit will cost upwards of one-million dollars, including the rocket ride to the hotel. If you aren’t particularly fond of showers, a trip to the stars might be just the vacation for you!
3. Video Games Make You Smarter
Well at least Super Mario 64 just might. The video game was recently used in a study by scientists at Max Planck Institute for Human Development and was found to improve “spatial orientation, memory formation, fine motor skills, and strategic planning” among participants. Using an MRI, 23 adults were analyzed and examined after playing the game for nearly three months. The test group who played the games showed an increase in gray matter, compared to the control group who played none. Moreover, because of recent findings, researchers are confident that such video games may aid in treating patients with psychiatric disorders. So next time someone tells you that video games are a waste of time, you may want to inform them otherwise.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B00CMQTVMI” locale=”us” height=”100″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41WVjYBpLGL._SL110_.jpg” width=”100″]4. X-Box One vs. PS4: Which is for you?
If price is important to you then note that the X-box One will be about $100 more than the PS4, yet both consist of Blu-ray/DVD with 8 GB of ram. The X-Box One is much larger and comes equipped with a camera, whereas the PS4 camera is sold separately. Additionally, X-box doubles the amount of simultaneous controllers compared to the PS4; both are said to be available by the November 15th. Ultimately, the decision may simply lie more with loyalty and/or convenience than anything else.
5. Spiderman’s Minions to be Architects?
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich is working with roboticists and architects to create the perfect “Spider Drone” capable of building anything from bridges to skyscrapers. Currently, the spider-like quadcopters are furnished with a spool of strong plastic cable, emitted from behind as they fly. As of now, they have only been working with foam blocks and magnetics; however, researchers are confident that they will be the future for construction.
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