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“Knowledge Shall Increase”
October 6th, 2014

About 2,500 years ago, during the Persian Empire, an angel told the prophet Daniel, "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased" (Daniel 12:4). We are seeing a dramatic fulfillment of this in our day. Recent inventions include the following: Scientists have encoded audio, photos, and text in DNA. Researchers at Harvard University encoded a 54,000-word book in strands of DNA, while other scientists at the European Bioinformatics Institute in England encoded an audio speech, a photograph, a scientific paper, and Shakespeare's sonnets ("Storing Digital Data in DNA,"  Wall Street Journal, Jan. 24, 2013). "DNA could hold vastly more information than the same surface volume of a disk drive--a cup of DNA theoretically could store about 100 million hours of high-definition video." Artificial leg can be controlled by thoughts. The first-ever artificial leg that is controlled by the person's thoughts has been developed by the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. The computer sensors in the prosthetic leg are attacked to nerves in the patient's leg which are rewired to his hamstring muscle ("Bionic Man," CBS Chicago, Sept. 25, 2013). This research is funded by a grant from the U.S. Army, which is seeking better prosthetic limbs. More than 1,200 soldiers have lost lower limbs from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) has developed a procedure that allows a patient to control a prosthetic arm with his own mind ("How the business of bionics is changing lives," CNBC, Nov. 28, 2013). One patient remarked, "It's amazing. I actually feel these arms are part of me, and I'm running them, and they're not a foreign object." Hydrogen bonds have been photographed for the first time using atomic force microscopy. The new technique has allowed man to glimpse the handiwork of God and to see the amazing bonds that hold our DNA together and give water its unique properties ("See the World's First Images," Business Insider, Sept. 30, 2013). A physics laboratory in Jerusalem has constructed a menorah for Hanukkah the size of a dust speck ("World's Tiniest Menorah," Arutz Sheva, Dec. 3, 2013). The Brojde Center at Hebrew University used its nanoscribe system to build the microscopic nine-lamp menorah engraved with the star of David. It is the width of a human hair. A bionic hand allows amputees to feel again ("Bionic Hand," Reuters, Feb. 6, 2014). The European device is still in prototype, but it has worked in experiments. Dennis Sorensen, who lost his left hand 10 years ago, said, "It was pretty close to having the same feeling as in my normal hand." A new device beams movies and video games directly into the wearer's eyeballs ("Meet Glyph," CNN, Feb. 5, 2014). The Glyph headset, which plugs into any mobile or entertainment device, uses a set of 2 million microscopic mirrors--1 million per eye--that reflect visuals, including 3D, into the user's eye. 

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