Things I Missed - In Science

Meet Emma. Emma has arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, a condition which means she was born with all her joints... out of joint. Most debilitating for Emma, she cannot lift her arms under her own strength. The joints and muscles just don't have the ability to produce that motion on their own.

Then along came science in the form of Doctor Tariq Rahman and engineer Whitney Sample, who were able to construct for Emma a WREX system (pronounced with the 'W' silent), basically an exoskeleton prosthesis, that replaces the bone and muscle control she lacks. Watch the video, you'll see that it isn't moving her, it's just providing the necessary tension that her own muscles lack, that allows her to make what I consider very simple arm movements. And best of all, the entire WREX rig is custom printed using a 3-D printer.

I've been a fan of 3-D printing technologies for a while now, and see them as a huge step forward in manufacturing technologies. Being able to remove the wait time inherent with waiting to replace any complex system's components, but being able to construct custom made devices at a minimum cost and effort will, as I see, explode the twenty first century entrepreneur market. Once these printers become more common place, I see the early to mid twenty first century having an invention boon the likes of which occurred at the end of the Victorian era. Look what it did for this little girl.

This is science we can all get behind.

Hit the jump for some more science we should all get behind.

Fight for Space is a documentary with aims to increase public awareness of the decline in American space technologies and investment by the government. Right now, it's on Kickstarter, looking for funding from you. With support from people like Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, Seth Shostak, and former NASA officials, the film is really a docutragedy, charting the shift from the war-forced days of the Apollo program, to the budget minded days of the nineties, to the modern environment of scientific apathy of today, and how we can change that.

Space doesn't have to work to be sexy. Watch the Apollo footage, there isn't anything sexy about that. It's clunky and sterile and grips something inside you, something primal, that makes it all seem worthy. It's the modern call of an ancient muscle memory, to keep pushing the boundaries of our environment, to see what's over the hill, the sea, the sky. Space doesn't have to work to be sexy.

Or rather, it shouldn't.
Via The Mary Sue, and again.
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About MR. Clark

Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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