Researchers 3D Print Soft Artificial Heart That Pumps Blood

Researchers 3D Print Soft Artificial Heart That Pumps Blood:  A team of researchers at ETH Zurich have created what they say is the first artificial heart that’s entirely soft, with its pumping mechanism achieved by causing the silicone ventricles to pump just like a real heart.  

You know, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for people who do this kind of research.  Oh sure, some scientists will lie about their research, but those lies are easily uncovered by a using a defibrillator and the guilty parties are immediately placed under cardiac arrest.  Its not that easy to bypass a peer review in the heart research field.  Those people will go right for the jugular if they hear even a murmur about dishonesty.    

But generally speaking, these people really put their heart and soul into their bloody research.  And the sacrifices can be huge.  Heart researchers almost never have time for a social life because of all the long hours - which tends to take them out of circulation.   

Anyway, the point is that people who really know about artificial hearts say a soft artificial heart would be very hard to beat.  But let’s face it, discoveries like this take more then a stroke of luck, they take hard work by dedicated professionals.  So let’s just hope these scientists can stay pumped.  After all, when you’re trying to create something that pumps blood, there’s always a lot of pressure.  Its almost enough to give you a coronary. 

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Comment by MV Neland on July 13, 2017 at 9:28pm

Johnny, you ARE submitting this somewhere, right? You really must if you haven't.

Comment by Johnny Robish on July 13, 2017 at 9:40pm

You are too kind my friend.  I do submit to 10 local Patch sites as well as a few others and of course my own website.  Any suggestions?

Comment by MV Neland on July 14, 2017 at 12:22am

Beyond your local Sunday paper?  No names but generally - medical publications, digests, online tech mags. And, keep the Brits in mind, too. They'd love your kind of humor and wit. Canadians, too. 

So, this is why i say submit the piece - 1) Funny and well timed laughs. You've got good instincts. 2) Very readable craftwise. 3) Timely and interesting. 4) Useful. Helps us understand and acclimate to new fandangled technology by laughing at ourselves (and our mortality ;-) ). 5) Perfect brief length for modern readers while being able to be shortened if need be without losing any of the punch. That ain't easy to do, but i find this in some of your other writing, too, Johnny, so you've got that developed sense as you write of "Being read from all walks of life."  These are all a winning combination for many publications.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on July 14, 2017 at 3:28am

young at heart  :)

Comment by Ron Powell on July 14, 2017 at 5:29am

Imagne receiving an indestructible heart implant?


Comment by Johnny Robish on July 14, 2017 at 7:33am

Thanks so much guys!

Comment by koshersalaami on July 15, 2017 at 9:59am

This one clearly took a lot of work

Comment by Johnny Robish on July 15, 2017 at 5:25pm



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