The Vestigial Heart

This is the compelling story told by Carme Torras in this prize-winning science fiction novel.

Author: Carme Torras

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262037778

Category: Fiction

Page: 262

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A thirteen-year-old girl wakes up in a future where human emotions are extinct and people rely on personal-assistant robots to navigate daily life. Imagine a future in which many human emotions are extinct, and “emotional masseuses” try to help people recover those lost sensations. Individuals rely on personal-assistant robots to navigate daily life. Students are taught not to think but to employ search programs. Companies protect their intellectual property by erasing the memory of their employees. And then imagine what it would feel like to be a sweet, smart thirteen-year-old girl from the twenty-first century who wakes from a cryogenically induced sleep into this strange world. This is the compelling story told by Carme Torras in this prize-winning science fiction novel. We meet Celia, brought back to life when a cure is found for her formerly terminal disease, and Lu, Celia's adoptive mother, protective but mystified by her new daughter. There is Leo, a bioengineer, who is developing a “creativity prosthesis” to augment humans' atrophied capacities, and the eccentric robotics mogul Dr. Craft. And there is Silvana, an emotional masseuse who reads old books to research the power of emotion. Silvana sees Celia as a living, breathing example of the emotions and feelings that are now out of reach for most people. Torras, a prominent roboticist, weaves provocative ethical issues into her story. What kind of robots do we want when robot companions become as common as personal computers are now? Is it the responsibility of researchers to design robots that make the human mind evolve in a certain way? An appendix provides readers with a list of ethics questions raised by the book.

Barnacle Biology

Thoracican cirripedes have a vestigial heart with a similar arrangement of ostia (Burnett 1972, 1975a). Boxshall (1982) reported that the heart of the misophrioid copepod Misophria pallida has an anterior and posterior ostium.

Author: Alan J. Southward

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351464741

Category: Science

Page: 496

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This text gives an overview of almost all aspects of barnacle biology covering advances made since Charles Darwin to the present day.

Atlas of Heart Anatomy and Development

For this fusion to be possible, the left valve has attached itself over (probably) the vestigial part of the right umbilical vein (found as a cavernous vascular structure) and then over the terminal segment of the coronary sinus ...

Author: Florin Mihail Filipoiu

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781447153825

Category: Medical

Page: 247

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​This heart anatomy book describes the cardiac development and cardiac anatomy in the development of the adult heart, and is illustrated by numerous images and examples. It contains 550 images of dissected embryo and adult hearts, obtained through the dissection and photography of 235 hearts. It has been designed to allow the rapid understanding of the key concepts and that everything should be clearly and graphically explained in one book. This is an atlas of cardiac development and anatomy of the human heart which distinguishes itself with the use of 550 images of embryonic, fetal and adult hearts and using text that is logical and concise. All the mentioned anatomical structures are shown with the use of suggestive dissection images to emphasize the details and the overall location. All the images have detailed comments, while clinical implications are suggested. The dissections of different hearts exemplify the variability of the cardiac structures. The electron and optical microscopy images are sharp and provide great fidelity. The arterial molds obtained using methyl methacrylate are illustrative and the pictures use suggestive angles. The dissections were made on human normal and pathological hearts of different ages, increasing the clinical utility of the material contained within.​

The Heart and Circulation

The phenomenon of vestigial circulation was further demonstrated by excising a portion of the omentum of a dog in which ... Rapid removal of parenchymal organs such as hearts and kidneys from dogs demonstrated bleeding (up to several ...

Author: Branko Furst

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030250621

Category: Medical

Page: 376

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This extensively revised second edition traces the development of the basic concepts in cardiovascular physiology in light of the accumulated experimental and clinical evidence. It considers the early embryonic circulation, where blood circulation suggests the existence of a motive force, tightly coupled to the metabolic demands of the tissues. It proposes that rather than being an organ of propulsion, the heart, serves as an organ of control, generating pressure by rhythmically impeding blood flow. New and expanded chapters cover the arterial pulse, circulation in the upright posture, microcirculation and functional heart morphology. Heart and Circulation offers a new perspective for deeper understanding of the human cardiovascular system. It is therefore a thought-provoking resource for cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and trainees interested in models of human circulation.


In frog and turtle hearts , the primary cardiac pacemaker is located in the sinus venosus . Separating the sinus venosus from the atria are two venosus valves . In the avian heart , there is only a vestigial sinus venosus ...



ISBN: UOM:39015072225942

Category: Electrophysiology

Page: 169

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100 Questions Answers About Valvular Heart Disease

Endocardium : Inner lining of the heart . Eustachian valve : A vestigial valve between the inferior vena cava and the right atrium with no known functions in adult life . In the intrauterine life , this directs umbilical vein flow into ...

Author: Ramdas Pai

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning

ISBN: 0763753874

Category: Medical

Page: 116

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Empower yourself!Whether you're a newly diagnosed patient with valvular heart disiease, a survivor, or friend or relative of someone with valvular heart disease, this book offers help. 100 Questions & Answers About Valvular Heart Disease gives you authoritative, practical answers to your questions about treatment options and provides sources of support from both the doctor's and patient's viewpoints. Included are improved surgical procedures, noninvasive techniques for surveillance of left ventricular function, guidelines for the timing of surgery, and the role of drug therapy in the management of valvular heart disease. This book is an invaluable resource for anyone coping with the physical and emotional turmoil of this disease.

The Heart s Note

Sounding Love in Your Life from Your Heart's Secret Chamber Stewart Pearce. Move to the forehead, ... Also, the Forehead Chakra is the locus of the vestigial third eye, a centre of visionary thought and increased intuition.

Author: Stewart Pearce

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781844093786

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 160

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A powerful and inspirational treatise, this study examines the heart as the seat of the soul and shows how, with a daily application of love, humanity can access its wisdom to find answers and create change. Drawn from research of indigenous tribes, ancient rituals, and Christian mystics, this resource teaches that heart consciousness—the idea of the heart as the ultimate truth of creation and the way in which people connect with each other—will enable harmony, peace, and satisfaction. Also illustrating that there is something crucially lacking in today’s society because of the disconnect to the heart, this important investigation encourages readers to be open to love, the fundamental physiological aspect through which true inner peace, normally lost in childhood, can be rediscovered.

Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

The thin-walled left ventricle of a heart with critical aortic valvar stenosis (arrows) in which the length of the ventricle is normal. biventricular repair. As already discussed, this distinction, at present, is made only in retrospect ...

Author: Robert H. Anderson

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781846280764

Category: Medical

Page: 158

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-No other publication currently available offers such a comprehensive overview of the care required by a child with hypoplasia of the left heart -Address the needs of the families of children born with this condition, and is the first to includes insight from parents -Authors are acknowledged world leaders in the diagnostic, medical and social needs of children born with this condition