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The Chance To Dance Again

by Michael Keller

We highlighted the TED talk of Hugh Herr a couple of weeks ago. But his work is too important and beautiful to leave to just one post.

The MIT associate professor of media arts and sciences is making prosthetic limbs and exoskeletons that restore function in those who have lost legs from injury or disease. This set of gifs focuses on his team’s BiOM powered ankle and foot prosthesis

"Bionics is not only about making people stronger and faster," he said during the talk. "Our expression, our humanity can be embedded into electromechanics."

To prove his point, Herr and fellow researchers studied dance movement to replace the lower leg that professional dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost after last year’s Boston marathon bombing. He concluded his talk by bringing Haslet-Davis on the stage to perform a bionic rumba. 

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Left: Jan 2014 / Right: April 2014

This is my first progress picture and omg I can’t believe how far I’ve come !
I haven’t stepped on a scale for about a month and I look forward to weighing myself this week.

When 2014 begun, I progressively quit eating crap, starting working out and then started yoga, meditation, became vegetarian then vegan and more importantly, I started loving and forgiving myself.

My past included eating disorders, depression, self harm, self hate, isolation, mourn, despair and lots of meaningless promises.

My present and future is all about being alive and enjoying every part of it an pushing myself.

I still have a lot more to do and accomplish but this motivates me so much. Just being able to post those pictures is such a huge victory.

#this is my year


If you’re tired of protein shakes like me, here’s a great way to switch things up!








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