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Smashed Rabbit Bones Hint at Hidden Human Injuries

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rabbit bone crushed by pressure gun Medical science has known for some time that the direction of a bone fracture depends on how quickly the bone is compressed. If the bone is squeezed slowly, the break proceeds cross-wise. If compression is fast, the bone splinters along its length.

But now researchers at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University report that the speed of impact has other, less obvious effects. Using a custom-built pressure gun to smash rabbit bones, they’ve made a discovery that could affect the diagnosis and treatment of anyone injured by a sudden impact.

The study was published in July in the Journal of Biomechanics.

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  1. 1. purr09 10:36 pm 08/17/2010

    Are you kidding me?!! Is this lab killing and brutalizing rabbits
    by smashing their bones ??!! That’s Disgusting!!

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  2. 2. niaro 7:13 am 08/18/2010

    Did you see the video?
    I don’t think they go out hunting for live rabbits to abuse in their lab.

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  3. 3. jcmicro 3:15 pm 08/20/2010

    I hope you are a vegetarian.

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  4. 4. Higgins 6:54 am 08/21/2010

    Do you think that they will kill and brutalize humans when they smash human bones? Stop and think! There is no mention in the article of the method by which the lab obtains its bone samples. Rabbits are killed and eaten every day for food. Everyone in the lab could be vegan and they could still carry out their experiments by obtaining the samples from restaurants or butchers. Find out the facts before making assumptions and condemning people out of hand.

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