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by nspatz on February 8, 2015
Here we are at the shiny new beginning of another class of Sandbox. What are your peeves? List your successes. Write a 2000 word essay on your faves and boos in using NewsActivist.

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4 years 2 months ago

Why is this story not on the front page of every newspaper, television and social media accounts around the world? I hate to be so cynical but have some of the medical communities already been forced to keep this quite because of funding?

But on a positive note, thank goodness for all of the medical researchers, physicians and pharmaceutical companies who are still trying to create new therapies and drugs that save lives or at the very least improve quality of life and/or prolong life. Where would we be without them?!

Here is another great article that you might find interesting along the same lines.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/can-viruses-treat-cancer/

4 years 2 months ago

Amazing.
“The device also feeds sensory information to its wearer, which seems to have partially reawakened their nervous system.” This statement “hooked” me on this intriguing article, I started to search more and more on this “suit.” Thank you for discussing this for your final post. Here is a link to the video of that gentleman's epic kick, it brought tears to my eyes.
http://www.cnet.com/news/paraplegic-uses-mind-controlled-exoskeleton-to-...

This is so cool! We all know that this kind of thing is coming. It will certainly have its upsides and downsides, but the fact that it is possible, in principle, is amazing. If we can get the energy storage problem sorted, and increase efficiency, imagine what is possible from here? Hopefully the more that robotics like these is tested, the more widely available they will be to EVERYONE.
This technology could be very helpful for early diagnosed paralysis. As the months and years pass of sitting in a chair or lying in a bed, paralyzed people no longer have the ability to stand (real or artificially) due to passing out, whether from equilibrium or blood rush to the brain. If robotics like these could help individuals stand for a couple of hours a day maybe they could be ready for the time the stem cell research finds a cure. Also, they sometimes have horrible circulation due to sitting or lying and bed sores and swollen legs/feet are normal and could be greatly helped by even the artificial walking. Most people who are paralyzed must drink a lot of water daily to flush their systems but walking creates a system wide movement of fluids and would be greatly beneficial to them. So, aesthetically the legs would be more of an oddity but even for home use it would seem beneficial to me, and hopefully beneficial to the people who need it most!

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About the author

Norm Spatz entered the Cégep system in 1989 teaching Architectural Technology in French. As a result of declining enrolment in his original department and the reform which made English a core studies requirement, he became an ESL teacher in 1997 but never abandoned his technical interests.

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