DARPA’s Wound Stasis program launched in 2010 and is bearing impressive fruit. Wound stasis is meant to stanch internal bleeding and would be aided by a new foam that conforms to the victim’s abdominal cavity. Pre-clinical trials showed improved survival rates for lethal liver injuries that are up to three hours old, from 8% to a whopping 72%.
Stabilizing a soldier’s wound in the field delivers such dramatic results because internal bleeding is nearly impossible to stop outside of a major medical facility. This truth is the driving force behind the DoD’s "Golden Hour" concept, which dictates that wounded soldiers should be moved to a treatment facility in under one hour. Besides outright saving lives, the foam’s extension of the Golden Hour, allowing wounded combatants more time to reach adequate treatment, is its principle contribution to soldier safety.
Up to 50% of potentially survivable combat wounds could be impacted by the Wound Stasis foam. It has proven easy for doctors to work with, as well. The foam is removable from a wound by hand, coming loose in a single block and leaving little trace of its presence. DARPA awarded a $15.5 million Phase II contract to the foam’s developer, Arsenal Medical. The next step is prototyping and FDA approval.
New Global Governance Coming for Internet - USA Gives Up Control 2014 03 15 U.S. officials announced plans Friday to relinquish federal government control over the administration of the Internet, a move that pleased international critics but alarmed some business leaders and others who rely on the smooth functioning of the Web.
Pressure to let go of the final vestiges of U.S. authority over the system of Web addresses and domain names that organize the ...
Will healthy food crops go extinct? 2014 03 14
A new US survey highlights the ominous “gene drift” problem, the contamination of organic food crops by GMOs from other farms.
This is not a new situation. It has been present since the introduction of commercial GMO crops in 1996.
The survey was conducted by two groups: Food and Water Watch, and Organic Farmers’ Agency for Relationship Marketing (on Facebook). Questionnaires were ...
The world is SCREAMING for a new financial system 2014 03 14 One of the key lessons we can take away from history is that the global financial system changes… frequently.
In ancient times, Roman coins were used across the region by Romans and non-Romans alike who engaged in trade and commerce.
Given how destructively successive Roman governments debased their coins, however, the reserve burden eventually fell to the Byzantine Empire, whose gold solidus ...
The First Rainbow Seen on Another Planet 2014 03 14 In a colourful first, astronomers have captured the image of a rare type of rainbow, or ’glory’, on another planet.
Rainbows appear on Earth due to light refracting off water droplets. In the case of this rainbow on Venus, light is refracting off a previously observed haze that is thought to be sulfuric acid!
Wojciech Markiewicz of the Max Planck ...
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: “Patents Patents Patents?” 2014 03 14 This update on Malaysia Airlines flight 370 is about an online message and e-mail that is currently circulating on the internet.
The message is posted below:
“Have you pieced together the puzzle of missing flight 370 to Beijing China ?? If not, here are your missing pieces.
Patents Patents Patents
Four days ...