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It looks like something out of a science fiction film: a human heart floating in mid-air in such a way that a doctor can walk around it and see it in action from all sides. This technology has the potential to completely revolutionize the way surgeons get to see inside their patients. Already tested in pilot programs, the technology should start appearing in medical care facilities in 2016.
Tablets have already made a place for themselves in healthcare as doctors use them to upload information to patient electronic health records. Successful pilot programs have proven that there are even more benefits to be realized from putting tablets into the hands of patients. Bedside tablets give patients better access to their own care information and provide more efficient means of communication.
"I really enjoyed my week at the hospital," said no one ever. While it likely will never be anyone's idea of a fun time, it is possible to make it better with technology.
Within a generation, we likely will not just hear of things like 3D-printed hearts serving as models, but as real, functioning organs.
Among the technological advances that will make these dreams of cosmic voyages a reality is 3D printing. Not only does this bring the possibility of new and more efficient designs to be used in rocket engines, but the possibility of 3D printing off-planet can solve some tricky supply chain problems that need to be addressed in order to enable extended space travel.
Imagine being able to send money the same way you send email -- with no cost and no delay, even to recipients across the globe. That's the vision the folks at Ripple Labs (formerly OpenCoin) have for money, and the realization of this vision could prove to be a real game-changer for transactions between buyers and sellers who use different currencies..