Windows Into the Next Level

Brian Wang points to an interesting look at 3D printing of living human tissue for organ and tissue replacement.

The scientists in the article point out a crucial fact: the object that emerges from the 3D tissue printing process is not the finished product. In fact, the printed object transforms itself into the final human tissue product, with a bit of help. Too many critics of human tissue printing assume that the printer must incorporate every single detail of the finished tissue into the printing process. But such thinking is stupidly neglectful of the basic nature of biology: Biological objects never rest until they are dead.

Printing the living biological object is just the beginning. Depending upon the genetic programming of the tissue and the physical and hormonal environment into which the object is placed, the printed object should be able to transform into a wide range of final tissue products.

The possibilities for the above technology are endless, when you consider what we are learning about genetics, stem cells, cell biology, and the very fine morphology of tissues.

But how are we to power this brave new world of biological miracles? President Obama and other government functionaries located from the EU to Australia seemed to believe that “green energy” would be able to see us into the centuries ahead. But that was an unsustainable fool’s dream, and now even the die-hard drones of Euro-green ideology are beginning to admit that they had not thought the problem through.

When thinking about a long-term energy future, the smart money has always been on advanced nuclear technology, due to the energy densities involved. This article looks at some of the ongoing efforts to push nuclear technology ahead — despite the obstacles put in nuclear’s path by brain-dead green ideologues inside and outside of government.

But it will take time to break through the artificial barriers that have been propped up in the way of clean, abundant, affordable, reliable, advanced nuclear energy. Improved technologies for developing hydrocarbon resources will bridge the gaps and span the obstacles.

Many of the technologies which have ignited the shale oil & gas revolution, can also be used to boost older conventional oil & gas well production. And many other new technologies of exploration, discovery, production, and recovery are being developed constantly — due to the extremely high profits going to the petroleum sector at this time.

Development of unconventional hydrocarbons — including oil sands, oil shale, clean coal to liquids, gas to liquids, and gas hydrates to liquids — should be seen as mere temporary bridges to more long term and sustainable energy sources that utilise advanced nuclear technologies.

The ugliest fly in the ointment remains government dysfunction, as typified by corrupt kleptocrats such as Obama and much of the EU apparatus.

The training of new cadres of Dangerous Children can not come too soon.

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