Michael Harrison

Ann Arbor, MI, United States

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Michael Harrison
Posted over 2 years ago
Nina Tandon: Could tissue engineering mean personalized medicine?
This is the second talk I have heard on TED about using human tissue models made from induced stem cells, both are good talks, but there is one issue that I have thought about that is not mentioned in either. In the same way that Nina Tendon, talked about how we need to model the interactions of different tissues for studying diseases, there is one other factor that should probably be mentioned. The human body not only has many different types of tissues, but each individual has many different kinds of bacteria and microscopic organisms living inside of him or her. these organisms live inside just about everyone, sometimes benefiting, sometimes impairing the health of their host. In fact, I have heard that the best way to treat a few illnesses involves taking a culture of bacteria from a healthy person and injecting/placing it inside of a sick person. my point being that for these tissue models, we need to not only test the interaction between tissue types, but also between the tissues and the bacteria that live around them.
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Michael Harrison
Posted over 2 years ago
Leah Buechley: How to "sketch" with electronics
interesting Idea, and a cool interface, though I suspect it is a long way from being applicable to the more intensive circuits. However, in the current state being able to design electronic circuits like this will probably be a very good way for people to learn at least the basics of electric circuits, it might also be useful (and stylish) for designing embedded systems, for example the electronics inside of a watch, or for some of the very specific computer chips that help control and regulate different parts of a car.
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Michael Harrison
Posted over 2 years ago
Emma Teeling: The secret of the bat genome
I did not see anyone else mention it in the commentary, but for that 42 year old bat to still be able to survive in the wild, if we take the life expectancy of a rat, 2-3 years, and make an analogy with humans, it would mean that if there was a human with bat-like longevity, that person could be over 400 years old while still maintaining the physical prowess of an athlete. for the math: 42 years/ 2 years = 21, 42 years/3 years =14, so the bat has lived 14-21 times the life expectancy of a pet rat. If we assume the life expectancy of a human using only stone-age tools to be about 30-40 years, 14*30 years = 420 years. Also assuming that the physical prowess required for modern day athletes and early hunter-gatherers are approximately the same and can be equated with the prowess required for a bat to fly. it is impressive to think about. Very good talk.
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Michael Harrison
Posted about 3 years ago
if you can lose your home, or job for being gay, can you lose them for being straight as well?
the point I was trying to make to some extent was that preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation is technically not just about protecting the rights of people who are Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and/or Transgender, it is, as it should be, about protecting the rights of everyone. the other possible point was that if the situation degenerates, we could, in something at least close to a worst case scenario, end up having people that are pro same sex marriage, regardless of sexual orientation, firing and/or evicting people that are anti same sex marriage, and Vice Versa, with both listing sexuality as a cause. I would like to thank everyone that left a comment
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Michael Harrison
Posted about 3 years ago
Is there anyone trying to ban heterosexual monogamous marriage?
I agree that current laws about marriage do seem to give something of an unfair bias towards certain religious/social practices, and it is unfair to provide laws that help certain religions/lifestyles more than others. Such laws to some extent could even be said to be in violation, or close to it, of freedom of religion, and other constitutional rights.
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Michael Harrison
Posted about 3 years ago
Is there anyone trying to ban heterosexual monogamous marriage?
one of the arguments against gay marriage, is the protection of the "sanctity" of heterosexual marriage. what I am wondering is if anyone is, or has used domestic violence, divorce, and the other negative issues that are fairly common among heterosexual marriages to make people reevaluate and confront marriage. pointing out that some heterosexual monogamous marriages are just and demeaning to the sanctity of marriage as they claim homosexual marriages are. I am curious as to how effective making these points, and threatening to take away the legal protections on marriage would be in persuading people to not treat homosexual marriage as some kind of threat.