About 2,500 years ago, during the Persian Empire, an angel told the prophet Daniel, “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased” (Daniel 12:4). We are seeing a dramatic fulfillment of this in our day. Recent inventions include the following:
(1) Research into graphene is increasing dramatically with large potential for commercial applications. Though the material was only identified in 2004, more than 7,000 patents have been filed. Graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms, is the thinnest material ever made by man. Said to be stronger than diamond, more conductive than copper, and as flexible as rubber, graphene holds huge promise for a host of applications from IT to energy to medicine (“Graphene,” BBC News, Jan. 15, 2013).
(2) A replacement living ear is about three years away from reality. The bio-engineered ear is made by printing a 3D mold of an ear and then filling it with living cow ear cells and collagen (“3D-printed Ear Created in Lab,” Fox News, Feb. 21, 2003). Jason Spector, with Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, says the process takes less than two days and it could be possible to implant one in a human in as few as three years.
(3) Nano body parts can be reproduced the same way using a newly announced microscopic 3D printer. Produced by the German company Nanoscribe GmbH, the printer can make three-dimensional objects smaller than the width of a human hair quickly with maximum resolution (“The world’s fastest microscopic 3D printer,” Fox News, Feb. 20, 2013). “Printing three-dimensional objects in such incredibly fine detail, opens up many areas in which it could be useful, ranging from defense to medicine. For biomedical technology or nanotechnology, the 3D printer could be used to create tailor-made construction parts.”
(4) Brain scans can tell what a person is thinking. Brain imagining technology (functional magnetic resonance imaging) is making great strides and can now identify what number people have just seen, what memory they are recalling, and can even reconstruct videos of what a person has watched (“Your Brain Scans,” Business Insider, March 13, 2013).
(Friday Church News Notes, May 17, 2013, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)