Pig Parts are in Bullets, Artificial Hearts, and Cigarettes

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Christien Meindertsma followed an individual pig through its life and death, to see where all the parts of the pig ended up. This pig did not have a name per se, but it did have a number: Pig 05049. And Meindertsma found that this pig's parts made their way into a remarkable array of modern products and devices (including bullets -- no kidding).

Among the places bits of Pig 05049 ended up: soap, toothpaste, bread, low-fat butter, concrete, German train brakes, fine bone china, paint, sandpaper, cigarettes, and even...meat. (And we're not just talking about pork.) There are lots more, and I don't want to ruin the talk -- you'll just have to watch.

This TED Talk is under ten minutes long, and it's well worth a look. It's brief, because Meindertsma is a first-time TED speaker -- but it's packed with interesting bits of information. For more on her work, check out her book Pig 05049 (check out the video on that page for a look at EVERY PAGE in the book).

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