Unusual things science can do for you today
There’s no denying the fact that science has fundamentally changed the way we live our lives. From advanced technology that takes the hassle out of everyday chores to ground-breaking medical treatments that allow us to stay healthier for longer, developments in our knowledge and understanding of the world around us have had a profound impact on our existences.
One of the factors that’s helping to spur progress is the advanced laboratories and equipment that researchers have access to. As pointed out on www.innova-solutions.co.uk, there are a host of important features that can enable scientists to carry out their jobs more effectively and efficiently. From flexible layouts to highly specialised pieces of equipment, researchers can use a wide range of tools and systems to further their knowledge and understanding.
In this blog, we take a look at some of the more unorthodox product and designs that science has developed for use today.
Clone your favourite pet
Saying goodbye to a beloved pet can be traumatic and people have long spoken of their desire to clone their favourite feline or precious pooch. Until recently, this was the stuff of science fiction, but now animal lovers are being given the opportunity to realise this dream. The process involves scientists taking a donor egg, removing its nucleus and replacing it with DNA from the deceased pet. Electric shocks are then delivered to start cell division and the egg is implanted into a surrogate animal.
In 2015, a couple from the UK approached South Korean biotech company Sooam to clone their boxer dog Dylan, who had died of a heart attack. Although the animal had been dead for 12 days when the couple managed to extract a viable skin sample, the process worked and the pair were rewarded with two puppies. Be warned though, cloning isn’t cheap. The couple shelled out £67,000 for their new four-legged friends.
Get your clothes to give you directions
We all know what it’s like. Trying to find your way on foot in an unfamiliar town or city while negotiating busy pavements can be stressful, and staring at your smartphone to follow Google Maps means you have to take your eyes off what’s in front of you. But if you struggle to navigate like this, the good news is there’s now an handy alternative. You can get your clothes to direct you. OK, so this may seem a little strange, but the idea’s actually fairly straightforward. Spinali Design have created shorts and jeans that feature vibrating sensors in their belts. These sensors connect to users’ smartphones and buzz when they need to turn left or right.
As well as helping you to get from A to B, these hi-tech garments have other useful features. For example, they can alert you when you receive a call or text.
Preserve your body for future rebirth
No one likes to think of a time when they’re no longer around, which is perhaps why some people are opting to have their bodies cryogenically preserved. This technique involves storing bodies at a very low temperature to keep them in as good a state as possible in the hope that eventually, medical science will have progressed to the stage where they can be brought back to life. It might sound far-fetched, but a rising number of people are putting themselves on waiting lists to undergo the process once they die. One US lab alone now has well over 1,000 people on its books and is looking after 140 bodies that are already frozen.
The technique involves a range of painstaking procedures, including replacing all blood with a solution that helps to preserve organs and injecting blood vessels with a cryoprotectant that stops ice crystals from forming. Once the bodies are ready, they are placed in a tank of liquid nitrogen at a temperature of -196°C.
Wire your fridge up to the web
Can’t quite remember what’s waiting for you at home in the fridge? No problem. Simply take out your smartphone and have a look. That’s what users of new specially designed fridge cameras can do. The devices, which are connected to the web and communicate with you through a special app, take snapshots of the contents of your cooler each time the door is closed. You can then view these images on your smartphone.
The technology goes further than this though. It also scans barcodes and can track expiry dates, telling you when you need to use food up or throw it away, and it can be connected to your supermarket and auto-replenish when supplies are low. As an added bonus, it can tell you if your fridge is too hot or cold, or if the door’s been left open.
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