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School breaks close upon me, causing me to wonder: what shall we do with this gift? Trails to bike and hike, beaches to gaze out from, museums, festivals…so very much to consider.

This year I plan to, well, plan better. Instead of, in September, wondering about all the stuff undone. I’m starting a list, but am not sure what shall end up on it just yet. Here’s where my brain is now:

The Hibulb Cultural Center on the Tulalip reservation. Nearby, yet I’ve never visited there.

Seattle Center cultural events. Always something interesting going on.

More hikes! Just some day hikes. More fleshing out needs to be done.

Mountain bike trails. More research needed, but I’d like to include Steven’s Pass’ Bike Park and the Burlington indoor park.

The basics of a start. We’ll have fun enriching this list. Let me know your ideas.

Very, very cool.

TechCrunch

It looks like something from the Borg (read, cool), but it’s actually a cast for healing bones.

The Osteoid, created by Turkish student Deniz Karasahin, incorporates 3D printing and ultrasonic tech to make healing a broken bone more bearable.

The idea of ultrasonic healing vibrations to heal bones (and other wounds) has been around for a while. But the problem was doctors couldn’t get past the plaster cast to apply the vibrational therapy.

Take a look at the pic below and you’ll see the Osteoid’s skeletal design allows ultrasonic drivers to be placed directly on the skin.

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The Osteoid is just a prototype at the moment. However, future production will enable each individual to have a custom-fitted cast.

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Combine this cast with the accompanying low-intensity, pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) bone stimulator system (shown above) and, according to Karasahin:

For single 20 minute daily sessions this system promises to reduce…

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