01/03/2006: From the Files of 'Really WEIRD Techno-Stuff'
...that I don't yet know what its usable purpose will become, But is some strange technology to me:
About oxygenated-fluid breathing under water but sounds like it has yet to be perfected (and a horrible way to go - even if it is a mouse):
The first real success in fluid breathing came in 1966, with Dr. Leland Clark's "liquid-breathing-mouse" experiment. Dr. Clark (inventor of the Clark electrode) realized that oxygen and carbon dioxide were very soluble in fluorocarbon liquids (like freon). Assuming that the alveoli of the lungs should be capable of drawing oxygen out of the fluid and replacing it with carbon dioxide, Clark suggested that these fluorocarbons should support respiration of animals. Performing the first tests on anaesthetized mice, Dr. Clark temporarily paralyzed each intubated animal, inflating a cuff inside the trachea to provide a seal and ensure that no air entered the lungs, and no solution leaked out.
After bubbling oxygen through the fluorocarbon, the oxygenated fluid was pumped into the animals' lungs, and recirculated (about 6 cycles of inhalation and exhalation per minute). Most of the animals who were kept in the fluid for up to an hour survived for several weeks after their removal, before eventually succumbing to pulmonary damage.
Or this one.
How to go about Inserting electronic chips under your skin:
"...The general excuse is for automation purposes. Examples such as unlocking a computer screen saver or opening doors that have been outfitted with electric deadbolts..."
All I can say is - OUCH - and Thanks, but No thanks.
Karen on 01.03.06 @ 11:34 AM CST