Sad news: John Kanzius, the Florida-based inventor whose cancer-curing machine we awarded a PopSci Invention Award last year, passed away last Wednesday. Kanzius was a true PopSci guy: A former radio engineer who, upon being diagnosed with leukemia, figured there had to be a better way to deal with it than his crippling chemo treatments. So he pulled out his wife's pie pans and started tinkering, ultimately creating a machine that would have great success in animal trials using radio waves and carbon nanotubes to burn away cancer cells. He was even profiled on "60 Minutes."
Dr. Steven Curley, a professor of surgical oncology at Houston's M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, who's worked with Kanzius since 2004, will continue researching the treatment.
NOOOO! I did a presentation about him and his machine. Argh. Im sorry man. Nothing was as imaginative and innovative as that machine. Not with such good intentions in mind. It had so many possible applications. Kudos and forever respect dear sir, you made me want to invent and create brilliant things again. My heart is with you!
well that sucks.
It's sad - one individual attacking problems in a unique way made significant progress in a way that the capitalist market just didn't.
I get the feeling that society in general is falling into patterns of groupthink and money-directed research on problems, and this makes individuals inventing off the beaten path amazingly important. Crucial, even.
That makes him passing away a little bit sadder - our society needs people like him.
His passing is, indeed sad. This man aided by Dr. Steven Curley of M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center, Houston, has advanced Cancer research by light years. I regret he was unable to personally benefit from his discovery, he suspected that would be the case. He wanted to be able to help the littl kids at M. D. Anderson and millions of others. He did that and no doubt his invention will save lives. I wrote some articles about this on my blog, www.salvationlinks.com and linked to the impressive interview Mr. Kanzius did on 60 Minutes. Check it out. Outstanding interview and demonstration of this Cancer Killing Machine. Cancer Cure? You bet!