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Sup Travellers?! It seems like immortality could soon be a possibility. Even though there is a lot more to immortality than just a constantly beating heart the new scientific breakthrough is definitely a step in the right direction. Independent UK says that a group of scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Washington University in St. Louis have found a way to keep a rabbit's heart beating outside of its body using an electronic membrane in a nutrient and oxygen-rich solution. It's obvious that the rabbit was dead while the experiment was being conducted but his heart lived on.

This breakthrough could save a whole lot of human lives if it is allowed to perpetuate into the future. The device uses a “spider-web-like network of sensors and electrodes” to continuously monitor the heart’s electrical activity and could, in the future, deliver electrical shocks to maintain a healthy heart-rate. It may seem like just a custom made pacemaker but there is more to it than that. University of Illinois researcher John Rorgers, the team’s co-leader, says it’s more like an artificial version of the pericardium, the natural membrane covering the heart. “But this artificial pericardium is instrumented with high quality, man-made devices that can sense and interact with the heart in different ways that are relevant to clinical cardiology.”

“When it senses such a catastrophic event as a heart attack or arrhythmia, it can also apply a high definition therapy,” he said. “So it can apply stimuli, electrical stimuli, from different locations on the device in an optimal fashion to stop this arrhythmia and prevent sudden cardiac death.”

Basically the new device is just back up if your heart fails or more like your own personal heart doctor. When the muscles in your natural heart stops working it can be permanently replaced by the electronic membrane. This device is said to be available to humans in the next ten years but the sooner the better. Just imagine how many lives can be saved if this new technology is made for humans. It's not immortality but using this device could possibly keep some people alive a little longer. Maybe long enough to invent immortality. Anyway, my name is Trinikid and you've just been informed.