Wednesday, June 29, 2005

suspended animation

Scientists have created eerie zombie dogs, reanimating the canines after several hours of clinical death in attempts to develop suspended animation for humans.

while the story is written to be a bit sensationalized for the layman (see the original format of the article here, I pasted the link to the print version above to avoid the distracting snarling dog picture), the actual facts behind it are rather intriguing. this is not the same as normal cryogenic preservation of humans after death (see the cryonics entry on wikipedia for more info)... this is actually bringing them back to life after the complete halt of metabolic function for hours on end.

I would love to see more details about this... such as how long could a person or animal remain in this state etc. it's not perfectly frozen, but just above freezing... so it makes me wonder if you'd go bad just like food in the refrigerator eventually does. :-P

anyway... I'm sitting here enjoying my "The Great Fantasy Adventure Album" CD and checking out Inkscape for doing vector design. I know I should probably be using Illustrator... but proc pestered me to try out Inkscape because it's free (as in gratis and libre) and (therefor also) open source, and that's just dandy. so.. I downloaded it, and am now perusing the Wiki and other online resources. sorry proc, I generally RTFM a bit before I dive into things. :-P

1 comment:

Jen said...