A Child Becomes a Woman Becomes a Mother
A young woman named Moaza Al Matrooshi recently became the first woman to give natural birth after having her own ovarian tissue, removed from her before puberty, transplanted back into her body.
Moaza, under her mother’s guidance, had one of her ovaries removed when she was nine, because she was undergoing a bone marrow transplant to cure a life threatening blood born disease. Her treatment at that time included chemotherapy, which made her other ovary non-functional.
You can read more about Moaza’s miracle baby here.
A Forgotten Source of Free Energy
Things are heating up in Iceland, a leader in geothermal power generation.
From Popular Mechanics, we learn that:
The Iceland Deep Drilling Project (IDDP) has already created a “magma well” by drilling to a depth of 2 kilometers (1.25 miles) to access molten rocks (magma), which when doused with water can produce steam capable of generating some 30 megawatts of power.
Now IDDP, at another location, is close to drilling to a depth of 5 kilometers (3 miles), where pressure on the magma is 200 atmospheres, and the temperature is at least 400 degrees Celsius. Pouring water on magma at this depth is expected to produce “supercritical steam” capable of generating 50 megawatts of power.
Iceland generates all its electric power from non-fossil fuel sources, with three quarters of its electric power coming from hydroelectric dams.
Galileo Goes Online
The European Space Agency (ESA) has just announced that the Galileo global positioning system is now operational.
After a long deployment period of 17 years and a cost of 10 billion euros, the current configuration of 18 satellites promises a location accuracy of 1 meter, about 10 times more accurate than the commercial version of the United States’ GPS system.
Galileo can now be used free of charge by any smartphone or car navigation system equipped with a Galileo chip.
Galileo is not a military global location service, and is independent of other military controlled global location systems like the US GPS system or Russia’s Glonass system.
You can read more about Galileo here, or watch the following video:
Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease: A Glimmer of Hope
Deep in the heart of Columbia lies the small town of Yarumal, population 35,000. Yarumal is best known as the epicenter of an epidemic of early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Many Yarumalians are born with a genetic defect thought to cause at least one version of early onset Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) currently affects 35 million people worldwide, but that number is expected to grow rapidly as the world’s population ages. In the United States, 1000 new cases of AD are diagnosed daily. It is estimated that 1% of Americans over 60, and 40% of Americans over 80, have the disease.
While Alzheimer’s disease normally starts taking its ravaging toll around 65 years of age, this town’s inhabitants often find their relatives struck with the disease starting at 40 years of age.
A courageous doctor from the local University of Antioquia, Doctor Lopera, has determined that due to inbreeding, many Yarumalians carry the genetic marker that all but guarantees the holder will develop the devastating disease.
The current working hypothesis for why Alzheimer’s disease occurs is that so-called beta amyloid peptides form in the brain, causing tangling of synaptic connections, and subsequent confusion.
With the help of a 100 million dollar grant from the US National Institute of Health and the pharmaceutical company Roche (Genentech), 5000 Yarumalians are currently in a study to see if a drug designed to stop the formation of beta amyloid peptides will stop the development of early onset Alzheimer’s before its symptoms appear. The study is expected to announce preliminary results by the year 2020.