The Future is getting closer

That future where horrible mangled people are rebuilt, fast, and strong than before?  Closer.

Scientists removed stem cells from the legs of three-month-old healthy mice and injected them into the legs of mice that had temporary leg muscle injuries, induced by barium chloride injections, the study said.

The technique repaired the injuries within days and made the treated muscle double in size.

That future where we can fight off the invading Predators using their own fantastical technology?   And spot them with a contact-lens-based HUD?  Closer.

Ultimately, Di Falco says, Metaflex could have applications such as manipulating light from an LED built into a contact lens for augmented reality, so that computer-generated images are projected onto the wearer’s retina. And of course, there’s invisibility. “If you have something flexible, you could embed it into a fabric. Then you could think of tuning the properties of each individual layer to change the response of the fabric, giving something similar to camouflage. So, yes—there’s some grounds for [an invisibility cloak]. Not tomorrow. But that’s what I’ll be working on,” says Di Falco.

That future where people realize that if the best thing religion offers is a way to smooth over the differences between religions, maybe it’s the real problem?   Closer.

[Former Prime Minister and Catholic Convert Tony] Blair repeatedly returned to his defence that religious men and women did good deeds in their millions all around the world every day. But it was also a position that could get him in trouble. Blair outlined the work that religious groups in Northern Ireland put in on bridging the “religious divide” in order to work for peace. [Soon-to-be-dead Cancerous-Atheistic Curmudgeon Christopher] Hitchens did not allow that one to slip by. “I never miss an opportunity to congratulate someone on being humorous, even if unintentionally,” he said. Then he delivered the punchline. “Where does the ‘religious divide’ come from?” he asked to another round of laughter from the crowd.

The day when we conquer aging and premature death (which gave rise to the problem outlined in previous paragraph)?   Closer.

As humans , low levels of telomerase are associated with progressive erosion of telomeres, which may then contribute to tissue degeneration and in the elderly. By creating mice with a telomerase switch, the researchers were able to generate prematurely aged mice. The switch allowed the scientists to find out whether reactivating telomerase in the animals would restore telomeres and mitigate the signs and symptoms of aging. The work showed a dramatic reversal of many aspects of aging, including reversal of and .

That day when we finally start to make real progress moving away from fossil fuels?  Really closer.

Driven on battery power alone, the Volt has a fuel economy equivalent to 93 m.p.g., the E.P.A. determined, using a formula that converts kilowatt-hours of electricity to gallons of gas. The Volt’s gas engine was rated at 37 m.p.g.

The 93 and 37 m.p.g. figures appear most prominently on the window label, while the 60 m.p.g. figure is in much smaller type toward the bottom. The Nissan Leaf, a pure electric car, was rated this week as getting the equivalent of 99 m.p.g.

The day when assholes will use divisive politics to try and bring down every step of progress made by human beings?  So close I can taste it.

Last time you ranted about the Volt, you got confused about the “range,” and said on the air that the car could be driven no more than 40 miles at a time, period. At least you stayed away from that issue this time, but you continue to attack it as the car only a tree hugging, Obama-supporting Government Motors customer would want. As radio loudmouths like you would note, none of those potential customers were to be found after November 2.

Back to us for a moment, our credibility, Mr. Limbaugh, comes from actually driving and testing the car, and understanding its advanced technology. It comes from driving and testing virtually every new car sold, and from doing this once a year with all the all-new or significantly improved models all at the same time. We test, make judgments and write about things we understand.
If you can stop shilling for your favorite political party long enough to go for a drive, you might really enjoy the Chevy Volt. I’m sure GM would be happy to lend you one for the weekend. Just remember: driving and Oxycontin don’t mix.

The day when *every* man, woman, and (especially) child is diagnosed as having a mental disorder?  Closer.

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 10 (HealthDay News) — The number of U.S. children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) jumped nearly 22 percent in a recent four-year period, meaning nearly one in every 10 kids is now diagnosed with the disorder, U.S. health officials report.

About 5.4 million children have ADHD in the United States, according to their parents, and 2.7 million take medication for the condition, the CDC survey of 4- to 17-year-olds found.

The day when an actual test is developed to identify what exactly this “disorder* is or when it has been cured?  No where nearer than it was last year       (and now there’s a few more billion reasons, per quarter, not to find one [2,700,000 kids * $300/mo * 3 mo = $2,430,000,000/quarter]).   Why even try to cure (or scientifically define) something you are getting paid $10 Billion a Year to treat?   Again, I can’t think of a reason, and it would seem, neither can they.

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