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Deep freeze

  1. 1. DEEP FREEZE
  2. 2. ANCHORSome Australians are spending this lifetimehoping to have another one later. Tim Elliottmeets those planning to put their bodies onice.
  3. 3. [1]Historians and the compulsively curious havefor millennium pondered the whereabouts ofthe Fountain of Youth.Herodotus thought it was in Ethiopia.
  4. 4. [1] cont.The Spanish put their money on theCaribbean. The Bethesda Pool, in Jerusalem,has also been a solid contender.
  5. 5. [1] cont.What Herodotus and the conquistadors didntknow, however, is that the Fountain of Youth isactually in Bankstown, just around the cornerfrom the train station, in Sydneys westernsuburbs, in the tiny, third-floor rental apartmentof Mark Milton and his wife, Yan.
  6. 6. [1] cont.Milton is 47 years old, with short sandy hair,small ears and a pot belly. He has been apoliceman, elevator operator, theologystudent, carer for the intellectually disabled,landscape gardener, house painter, plasterer,factory foreman and IT consultant.
  7. 7. [1] cont.He gets bored fairly quickly. Right now,however, he is the co-founder and director ofStasis Systems Australia, a not-for-profitcompany that aims to build Australias firstcryonics storage facility. Umm.
  8. 8. [2]For those of you who dont subscribe toStrange Horizons magazine, cryonics is thelow-temperature preservation of human bodiesin the hope of future resuscitation.
  9. 9. [2] cont.When Milton dies, or "de-animates", as hecalls it, he will be packed in ice ("just normalparty ice"), and cooled down. His blood will bedrained and replaced with anti-freeze, and hisbody stored in a vat of liquid nitrogen at minus196°C.
  10. 10. [2] cont.If all goes to plan, he will be defrosted sometime in the future - "100 to 200 years from nowis my best guess" - when science will be ableto restore him to peak physical fitness.
  11. 11. COMMENTS [1] Its not just highly speculative, its fantasy.Vitrification is just more jargon. You are stillfreezing the body after you use the cryo-protectant, which means that the fine structureof the tissue would be blown to bits.
  12. 12. COMMENTS [2]Im not really interested in being frozen thenrevived in the future, but I am cranky aboutspending 80 years accumulating lots ofmemories and experience and expertise andthen having it all disappear when I die. So justfreeze my brains.
  13. 13. CREDITSRead more:http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/deep-freeze-20121015-27lqf.html#ixzz2A67ORRRp

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