I think it could be really cool if there was a recurring segment in Season 2 exploring cutting edge science relating to the 8 themes in much the same way as the Dark Matter segment will do for the episode RE: The Dark. These are my Dark Matter Scripts (Dark Matter Script Outline - Draft #1 and Why Does Dark Matter And Dark Energy Matter?) and this is my suggestion for the episode Re: Guns…
MULTIPLE GUNSHOT VICTIMS SUSPENDED BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH
Most victims of multiple gunshot wounds die before or shortly after they reach the hospital but that may change if research currently ongoing at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh is a success.
The process involves supercooling the patient’s body by quickly replacing all their blood with a cold saline solution, placing them in suspended animation - a state where they are neither dead nor alive. This process stops almost all metabolic reactions happening in the body so cells can survive without oxygen for up to two hours giving the surgeons valuable time to repair the gunshot damage.
Research on pigs has been a success and, according to surgeon Peter Rhee, has fundamentally changed the definition of ‘dead’. Now Rhee and his team have finally received approval to trial their pioneering work on humans.
If their work proves successful not only will they save lives, they may also take us one step closer to long-term suspended animation and all the possibilities that will open up . . .
The Monkeysphere (Dunbar's Number)
"The Monkysphere" is a humorous reference to something known as Dunbar's Number, coined by humorist David Wong. It's a great mental image, more fun than a barrel full of, well you know, but so what? Dunbar's Number refers to the number of social relationships a human brain can handle and maintain. It was first postualted by anthropologist Robin Dunbar (Oxford University). When I stumbled across this today, I immediately wondered what impact this idea could have on the workings of HitRECord.