The Galaxy Note? It won’t fit in a pocket or your hand, the two places you’re going to want to put your phone. For some reason, five million people don’t seem to care. Five million people purchased this distended LED baking sheet not caring that it’s too big to use well. For them, more is more. For them, a screen that’s too big is like something from a Mountain Dew commercial; it’s just awesome! The Note is a big, neon top hat of a handset—look at me and my giant phone, everyone. Look at how big it is. A shiny bauble. I can’t wait to go home and look at my big phone.
The artificial heart, by Jack Thompson.
I came across this photo while reading No Pulse: How Doctors Reinvented the Artificial Heart on Popular Science. It’s a fascinating article that looks into why, despite all of our advances in engineering, we’ve still been unable to match the function of the human heart mechanically.
An interesting fact from it is that one of the first people to work on an artificial heart was ventriloquist Paul Winchell, who offstage collaborated with Dr. Henry Heimlich (of Heimlich maneuver fame) to patent one of the first artificial heart designs.
The article also goes on to discuss that we’ve probably failed in creating an artificial heart capable of long term use as of today, because engineers have always attempted to copy the exact way our biological hearts work. Why not simply try to create a device that performs the same function (i.e. circulating blood throughout the body), but in a more mechanically efficient manner?
Doctors Bud Frazier and Billy Cohn have recently made a significant advance in the field by creating a so-called “continuous-flow” artificial heart. Instead of mimicking the rhythmic “lub-dub” beating of a natural heart, their device simply pushes blood throughout the body at a steady rate.
The possible conclusion? “After 500 million years of evolution accustoming the human body to blood moving through us in spurts, a pulse may not be necessary.”
Artist Doug Wheeler’s “infinite” installation at the David Zwirner Gallery. Wheeler was recently profiled in the New York Times back in January, and is known as a pioneer in light & space art. His so-called “infinity environments” feature “a light-saturated, all-white, rounded room with no corners or sharp angles, rendering viewers unable to fix their eyes on any surface.”
Source: The New York Times