I hadn’t seen my friend, Emil, for months. Both our lives get hectic at times, so it was a great pleasure when he stopped by for a chat. I was in a bad mood and began our conversation discussing my gardening woes. I complained about how my turnip greens bolted to seed because of the early heat. Emil got tired of me making mountains out of molehills and spoke up.
“I had a hunch you might be whiny today,” Emil chided, “so I brought a few news items to bring you some cheer.”
“You know, Emil, most of my friends could not get away with calling me whiny,” I responded. “But, because I had an Uncle Emil — and because I know that I am in fact feeling whiny — I’ll put up with it. You are right: I could use a dose of positive news.”
“Well, Ed, you already have a stent, right? One day you may need a pacemaker, who knows? But by then you probably won’t have to change batteries. Listen to this article from Stanford News:
“‘A Stanford electrical engineer has invented a way to wirelessly transfer power deep inside the body, and then use this power to run tiny electronic medical gadgets such as pacemakers, nerve stimulators or new sensors and devices yet to be developed ...
“‘Poon’s team built an electronic device smaller than a grain of rice that acts as a pacemaker. It can be powered or recharged wirelessly by holding a power source about the size of a credit card above the device, outside the body.’”
“That is amazing!” I replied. “A tiny pacemaker that can be recharged from a distance. Sounds like something Doctor McCoy would do on ‘Star Trek.’ How cool is that? But I am still feeling low. Got anything else?” Emil then cited an article from CNN: