• Fork with a Thumb

    Of all the dining utensils we use on an everyday basis, the fork is by far the newest and historically most controversial, so as we introduce the fork with a thumb, please stay calm.

    In the year 1004 A.D., when the Greek niece of a Byzantine emperor used a golden fork at her wedding, the act was shunned as an insult to God who had already given us a natural fork - our hands. God, they thought, would be very angry if he didn't see you palming your steak. Upon her untimely death two years later, the local cardinal pointed to her fork usage as one of the reasons for her early demise: "Nor did she deign to touch her food with her fingers, but would command her eunuchs to cut it up into small pieces, which she would impale on a certain golden instrument with two prongs and thus carry to her mouth. . . . this woman's vanity was hateful to Almighty God; and so, unmistakably, did He take his revenge."

    But it seems like a thousand years later, the fork has lost its edge. We're used to it, it's

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  • Grow Your Own Organs

    There's an 80% chance that in five months Bill Weir will be the first person ever to see his cardiac tissue beating outside his body.

    Last week Bill visited Dr. Tim Nelson at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota to report on a revolutionary new stem cell treatment that would have sounded like science fiction even five years ago.

    Different from the controversial embryonic stem cell treatment, Dr. Nelson's team took a biopsy from Bill's Bicep and are in the process of turning those cells into his own beating cardiac tissue; tissue that will beat at the same rate as the heart in his chest.

    And this isn't just for the heart. After the biopsy is taken, doctors are able to wipe the hard drive of the cells and use them to create brain and lung tissue as well.

    What this means is that in the future you may be able to go to your doctor and deposit a batch of cells, and if you have a stroke or heart attack later in life they'll be able to use those cells to repair the damage.

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  • Hologram’s ‘Resurrection’

    At this year's Coachella music festival a "hologram" of Tupac Shakur stole the show. Video of the realistic looking performance spread across the internet almost immediately, setting off enthusiasm for holograms in a way that we've never seen before.

    The reaction to the "hologram" of Tupac was so extreme, beyond anything we've seen even with 3D, that we decided to take a closer look at the technology.

    Holography, as it's referred to by those who study it, is a true science and has been studied at academic institutions like MIT for years, and the innovation taking place is startling.

    The technology already exists to create hologram TV's and researchers and working to develop processors fast enough and cheap enough to make them a viable consumer option.

    In Japan's bid to host the 2022 summer Olympics they included the ability to broadcast live holograms of soccer matches to stadiums all over the world, allowing you to watch a match from a stadium in America while it's played live in

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