Food For Thought – 9 Things That Will Blow Your Mind
These are wonderful times to be living in. You are already stepping into the future; what was not even thought of before, has been already developed, what was thought of before, is changing the world in ways never though possible.
No 9. Your belly button’s own ecosystem
2,368 different species of bacteria live in your belly button. You have a complete ecosystem going on right there on your body. During the study, half of these bacteria were totally new to the scientists.
No 8. Lab-grown lungs
A real human lung has already been made in lab for the first time ever. Man-made lungs will be first tested on pigs and then on humans.
No 7. Countdown to apocalypse
There is a doomsday clock that supposedly tells us how close we are to a nuclear catastrophe. It takes into account all the international situations and is maintained by scientists. Currently It stands at 5 minutes to midnight; 5 minutes away from a nuclear disaster, although these minutes obviously have a different sense than your average clock minute.
No 6. DNA data storage
Scientists are able to encode their own data into DNA strands. They stored an audio clip of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, a photograph, a copy of Francis Crick and James Watson’s famous “double helix” scientific paper on DNA from 1953 and Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets. The data retrieval was almost perfect.
No 5. Paint your own energy source
Using a paintbrush and ‘solar paint’ you can use almost any conductive surface to produce electricity. Although a lot is to be done in this field, you are already entering the future.
No 4. Super cube
The following material used in space shuttle can be touched just seconds after being taken out of an oven after being heated to 2,200 Fahrenheit.
No 3. Human blood network
This is an image of the network of all the blood vessels in a human face.
No 2. Data forever
Hitachi made a chip which can hold onto data for around a few hundred million years. The chip is waterproof, safe from radio waves, safe from chemicals and can withstand heats of upto 1,800 Fahrenheit (1,000 Celsius) for about 2 hours.
No 1. Apocalypse of Hollywood proportions
Deadlier strains of the H1N1 virus were created by the scientist Ron Fouchier of the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands for ‘research’. After a few mutations the virus was able to transmit among individual ferrets through air, which gives it a high probability of wreaking havoc if it ever infects humans. Specially terrifying is the fact that its kill-rate is almost 50 % of the infected population. Research of the virus was also published after lengthy legal issues and hurdles, which in many ways, might be a recipe for disaster.