Discussion in 'Free Fire Zone' started by Biak, Jan 23, 2013.
"Australopithecus africanus" should be "afarensis", sorry.
"According to the researchers: “The genes that participate in hibernation are present in nearly all mammals, including human beings. It is a question of when and how they are expressed that makes the phenomenon of hibernation possible."
You have to think ad mixing from other species AND/OR we have them from way back...From before we were even Apes...
It's random that way, so not much chance a particular genome will gain dominance in the great race. Better to have the odd mad scientist hard at work in his mom's basement.
We're playing around with systemic hibernation aka: Cryogenic's. But only for short duration.
I was chilled down to next to dead when I had my heart surgery. Recovered with no problems. We still can't freeze a mammal and have it survive. Frogs, yeah, some have natural antifreeze in their blood, but those are exceptions.
"The wood frog is built to partially freeze and “play dead.” First, water flows out of its internal organs, which eventually forms into a surrounding protective layer of ice. Meanwhile, its body accumulates urea and glucose, which act as an antifreeze, keeping the individual cells in vital organs from freezing."
Yes the problem is that the water freezes and expands - Imagine a snow flake forming inside a cell...The jagged edges smash the cell walls destroying the cell (including brain cells obviously) - So actual freezing is never going to work IMO - BUT - You can do two things to get around this...Either put in an anti freezing agent that permeates all cells - or drop the temperature to 1 degree C - You get similar results without the broken cells.
But a "long sleep" doesnt need to be so hard-core. - A sufficient reduction in the aging process is all that is needed not necessarily "suspended animation."
Ive thought about this a few times over the years - Thinking similar technology can be used for prisoners...Imagine a huge 6 storey building. Inside this building are thousands of criminals hung upright in their cryo chamber (think similar to Han Solo)
They are re-animated every 5 years for "rehabilitation training" - if the prisoner refuses he/she will be put immediately back into cryo. Every five years that they do a years worth of rehab. This until the sentence is served - The kicker here is that the prisoner keeps on aging whilst in cryo and will die at a normal age.
This approach allows for far far more prisoners at a low cost to the tax payer - If the prisoner wants to waste their life in cryo, let them. If they want to turn a corner and become contributing members of society they pass their rehab and arrange for release. This way JUSTICE can be done in terms of sentencing without the obscene cost to tax payers
Hibernation isn't the same as freezing. Those folks with more money than sense are not going to awaken. Particularly without their extremities.
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