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In a galaxy far, far away in a future lightyears from now, we see Luke Skywalker. Still shaken up at the shocking revelation that Darth Vadar is his father, Luke sits quietly as a robot fits a mechanicalized prosthetic arm, recently lost in a light saber dual with his father, onto his arm. The humanoid robot tests each finger for movement and we see Luke smoothly lift each finger without a hint of hesitation or difficulty. At this point you either have a vividly clear picture of the scene I’m referring to from the Star Wars movie Empire Strikes Back, one of my favorites in the franchise, or I just spoiled one of the best “wow” moments in the movie for you. Oops, my sincere apologies. This scene, like many others in sci-fi classics wowed me I thought to myself each time, when will this be possible in our world?

Regenerated limbs, cryosleep for extended hibernation and age prevention to prosthetic arms controllable by your brains impulses. From their inception Sci-Fi movies have showed us glimpses into the future, both plausible and implausible, after all the imagination does tend to stretch farther than science at times. What if I told you the healthcare realm may be closer to these inventions than we think? Two instances show that maybe scientific advancement in collaboration with healthcare is always just “a matter of time and research”.

The first example, Cryo-Sleep, may be a lot closer to its inception than we think. Think about the numerous possibilities that placing the human body in a stasis sleep could yield? NASA, in collaboration with Spaceworks Enterprises, is developing ways to recreate short-term hibernation, similar to bears in the wild- allowing for extended space travel. Mars anyone? The aim is to expand on medically-induced hyperthermia, which is actually used in critical patient care. By immersing a body in a cooled chamber, while offering nutrition intravenously. The idea is still in its early stages, but groundwork has begun and the last conception deck made available can be found here:
http://www.sei.aero/eng/papers/uploads/archive/NIAC-Torpor-Habitat-for-Human-Stasis-2-28-2014.pdf

A second example delves into nanomachines. Nanomachines are molecular robotics unseen to the human eye. Well what’s going on in a whole nother’ world we can’t see? Recently researchers at Bar-llan university developed a nanobot computer, made from DNA strands, that was tested through injection into a cockroach. Pretty cool right? The hope is to revolutionize targeted drug delivery, which would make a huge difference in how cancer cells are tackled. Read some more here: https://phys.org/news/2014-04-dna-strands-nanobot-animal.html The list does go on and on, all I can say is I wish I had a time travel machine to see where science was in a decade, but until then guess I’ll have to wait like everyone else.

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