This faux canine cadaver aims to help future veterinarians (Tomorrow Daily 376)A synthetic cadaver dog for veterinary colleges seeks crowdfunding; also, Harvard unveils its newest "bionic leaf."
[MUSIC] Greetings citizens of the internet. Welcome to Tomorrow Daily, the best geek talk show in the known universe. I'm Ashley Esqueda. And I'm Jeff Cannata, and we're here to get you to the science headlines. You probably don't think too much about how veterinarians actually train for surgical procedures You're about to. We've seen human training dummies used in all kinds of medical applications, CPR, lectures and even surgery. Now companies SynDaver is hoping to help veterinary schools with a lifelike canine model. It has synthetic organs, bones, muscles, veins, ligaments and even fat. And it's made of materials like water Fiber insult. They're so realistic. They can potentially replace living animals in training procedures which definitely seem like a human solution to a little known problem. They're currently running a crowd funding campaign in the go-go... And they are hoping to raise $24 million to give or donate 1,000 of these dog dummies, are they dog dummies? [LAUGH] Yeah. Dog dummies to veterinary schools around the world, which is kind of amazing. This is amazing. But it's the saddest thing it's finding out how they've been doing it up to this point without a dummy It's obvious but you just dont think about the fact that they have to use real animals to practice on, terrifying. Thank you technology for stepping in and literally saving the lives of dogs. Harvard is back in the news with their bionic leaf. Bionic leaf 2.0 is a product of a research team at Harvard University. Previous version of the leaf could self heal and work with impure water. The newest version of the leaf is ten times more efficient than actual plants at converting sunlight into biomass and can split hydrogen from oxygen whilst submerged in water which can then be collected to make fuels. Team leader Daniel Nocera says quote, this is a true artificial photosynthesis system, unquote. And hopes to use the technology soon as an inexpensive renewable energy source to power homes in developing countries. That's awesome. And [UNKNOWN] the power of a real plant. It's amazing. We have the power to rebuild the plant. The six million dollar leaf. Yeah, I hope this are inexpensive enough to actually become practical ways to send to developing countries. Yeah, and even modern countries. I'm into it, anytime we can make things more efficient, always good. Indeed. What would you like to talk about on Thursday? I mean- They're both so good. I like the artificial dog because I think a lot of people are gonna have very strong feelings about the application. I agree, I agree. On this. So if you guys wanna get in on that conversation, and we know you do, you wanna use the hashtag #heytd to come talk to us on Twitter. Yeah, then we can incorporate what you have to say into our deep dive discussion on Thursday's episode. Yes, and we do love your comments. We do. 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