December 8, 2009

Of Pigs and Zombies and War

Around half of U.S. troop fatalities are caused by blood loss from battlefield injuries. Now, with another 30,000 troops deploying to Afghanistan, the Pentagon is pushing for medical advances that can save more lives during combat.  The Defense Department’s latest research idea: Stop bleeding injuries by turning pigs into the semi-undead. If it works out, we humans could be the next ones to be zombified.

Military’s mad-science arm Darpa has awarded $9.9 million to the Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies (TIPS), to develop treatments that can extend a “golden period” when injured war fighters have the best chance of coming back from massive blood loss. Odds of survival plummet after an hour — during combat, that kind of quick evacuation, triage and treatment is often impossible. . .

Speakiing of Zombies, my current addiction: Plants Vs. Zombies!!!

I can't help it.  I love plants, whether real or cartoonized, and so much the better here because I get to see them in action.

See, this is why I think that technology is still our best friend, zombified pigs or not.

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