A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.
A Ghost Heart, ready to be injected with a transplant recipient’s stem cells so a new heart — one that won’t be rejected — can be grown.
"Take a pig heart, soak it in an ingredient commonly found in shampoo and wash away the cells until you’re left with a protein scaffold that is to a heart what two-by-four framing is to a house.
Then inject that ghost heart, as it’s called, with hundreds of millions of blood or bone-marrow stem cells from a person who needs a heart transplant, place it in a bioreactor - a box with artificial lungs and tubes that pump oxygen and blood into it - and wait as the ghost heart begins to mature into a new, beating human heart.
Doris Taylor, director of regenerative medicine research at the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston, has been working on this — first using rat hearts, then pig hearts and human hearts — for years. …
'The nice thing about this technology,' Taylor says, 'is that it will work with any organ or tissue. So it's not just about hearts.'”
After the Civil War, Horace Wilson left his farm for Japan, where he introduced baseball. He’s a legend there, something his relatives, including NPR’s Theo Balcomb, didn’t know for generations.
roarkshop: I watched this 4 minute video about how reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone park literally changed everything about the park and just sat there for another two minutes, mouth open and teary eyed and amazed. Definitely worth a watch.
a-for-effort-f-for-execution: the world is awesome.
verynonyideas: This made me teary eyed as well. It’s amazing.
Wolves take life, create life. Pretty amazing how one small change can have such a ripple effect.
The richest man in the world explains how to save the planet
"…when Gates stepped down as Microsoft CEO in 2000, he found a way to transform his aggressive drive to conquer the desktop into an aggressive drive to conquer poverty and disease.”
"Noise ranks as the number one gripe of restaurant-goers nationally according to a Zagat survey, and it is the complaint submitted to New York City’s 311 hotline with the greatest frequency. … Even if these complaints are just cyclical resurgences of an age-old problem—the ancient Greek…
Though an escape from man-made noise is becoming harder to find, the natural world continues to sing all around us.
Arguably one of the most beloved living comedians, Bill Murray is four decades deep into a prolific career in the comedy industry. In the ’70s, he bounced fro
Advice the French give their own countrymen on how to handle the peculiarities of American culture.