Monday, March 10, 2014
Saturday, March 8, 2014
I work at a pretty awesome pool. This is taken from on top of our slide.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Beautiful sunrise this morning for those who didn’t get to see it.
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
I’ve seen this photograph very frequently on tumblr and Facebook, always with the simple caption, “Ghost Heart”. What exactly is a ghost heart?
More than 3,200 people are on the waiting list for a heart transplant in the United States. Some won’t survive the wait. Last year, 340 died before a new heart was found.
The solution: Take a pig heart, soak it in an ingredient commonly found in shampoo and wash away the cells until you’re left with a protein scaffold that is to a heart what two-by-four framing is to a house.
Then inject that ghost heart, as it’s called, with hundreds of millions of blood or bone-marrow stem cells from a person who needs a heart transplant, place it in a bioreactor - a box with artificial lungs and tubes that pump oxygen and blood into it - and wait as the ghost heart begins to mature into a new, beating human heart.
Doris Taylor, director of regenerative medicine research at the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston, has been working on this— first using rat hearts, then pig hearts and human hearts - for years.
The process is called decellularization and it is a tissue engineering technique designed to strip out the cells from a donor organ, leaving nothing but connective tissue that used to hold the cells in place.
This scaffold of connective tissue - called a “ghost organ” for its pale and almost translucent appearance - can then be reseeded with a patient’s own cells, with the goal of regenerating an organ that can be transplanted into the patient without fear of tissue rejection.
This ghost heart is ready to be injected with a transplant recipient’s stem cells so a new heart - one that won’t be rejected - can be grown.
This is incredible.
Science is so fucking cool!
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Anywhere I want?
AS LONG AS IT’S NOT INSIDE A HOUSE IT’S FAIR GAME. THAT’S HOW I’VE COME TO UNDERSTAND IT.
What about cleanup?
NOT YOUR CONCERN. SOMEONE COMES ALONG WITH A BAG.
I KNOW, IT SOUNDS CRAZY, BUT I SWEAR IT’S TRUE.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Friday, February 28, 2014
do you ever see a person you used to be friends with and you’re like “glad i got the fuck outta that one”
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Take Me or Leave Me | From Rent
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
“I’m an adult” I whisper as I try not panic while I’m filling in all those forms that I don’t understand.
Me… Tomorrow….while filling out my dental insurance paperwork..