>Welcome to the Future

>When you watch those dated Star Treks, it all looks so fake, naff and almost laughable. The fact that every evil in the Universe tends to resemble the modern-day Elizabeth Taylor is compounded by the cringe-worthy acting, a script on a weekly rotation and the wobbly sets.

This rubbishing is true for almost all older science-fiction films. But the technology they highlight, however fanciful, often trickles down into modern life. Look at the sliding door, Bluetooth, the flying car!! Well maybe no but the writers who bring these ideas to human attention and fascinate us are often of supreme intellect. Arthur C Clarke, Aldous Huxley and Ray Bradbury are three examples of men who are woven stories through science-fiction. For they understand that while we may progress in scientifically and economically, carving up the globe and relentlessly charging towards an uncertain future, the fundamental dynamics of human nature and our societies may have changed their shade but not their colour.

In Japan, I knew a Professor Wada, an eminent Chemist who taught me a great deal. He talked about science and its application, an area which usually brings a fog of boredom over my brain, in such a clear yet gentle explanation, it took on a whole new light. I looked forward to meeting him, which I did about five times and on the last occasion, he brought in A Childhood Ends by Arthur C Clarke and gave it to me as a going away present. The book, itself was a generous and thoughtful gift and I have read it twice now. Wada-san was 70 years old then. A slow moving man but with solemn dignity. Looking back, what I learnt most from Wada-San was an appreciation of discussion. Like the best teachers, he didn’t need to shout to get his point across or use grand body language to keep your attention. His simple explanations opened up a world to me, helping me to connect the dots between different physical and kinetic phenomenon. I was 24/25, an age when you start to understand how much there is to know.

But enough of that. Below is science-fiction coming true. A device which searches for illness under the skin, especially blood clots. Have a read below.

The Infrascanner

The InfraScanner, under development at Drexel University, could help medical teams detect brain injuries much more cheaply and quickly on the battlefield and at accident scenes.

According to Office of Naval Research Cmdr. Dylan Schmorrow, 30 percent of all soldiers killed or wounded in action have head injuries, and of those, about 40 percent have bleeding in the brain.

The scanner quickly gives doctors and technicians an idea of whether they need to investigate further. “The scanner does not measure the severity of the injury,” said Ben Dor. “It determines whether there is bleeding, where it is and how big it (the hematoma) is.”

Full article is here.

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