Science Corner

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Science Corner – What The Future Holds.

  • John Hughes (filmmaker)
    • 1990 – Home Alone
    • Jack – The Movies That Made Us on Netflix – Class 🙂
  • Vanessa Madeline Angel (born 10 November 1966)[1] is an English actress and former model. She played the role of Lisa on the television series Weird Science. She is also known for her role as Claudia in the film Kingpin.
    • Shoutout to Simon Meek

The Future…

  • In January 2021, Israeli surgeons implanted the world’s first artificial cornea into a bilaterally blind, 78-year-old man. When his bandages were removed, the patient could read and recognise family members immediately. The implant also fuses naturally to human tissue without the recipient’s body rejecting it.
  • Scientists have found a way to harvest some of the energy you spend when you exercise and turn it into electricity. No-one will be plugging themselves into the grid any time soon, but researchers at the the University of Colorado, Boulder, believe their technology could power a heart-rate monitor or fitness tracker.
  • Our congested cities are in desperate need of a breather and relief may come from the air as opposed to the roads. Plans for a different kind of transport hub – one for delivery drones and electric air-taxis – are becoming a reality, with the first Urban Air Port receiving funding from the UK government.
  • Scientists have found a way to store energy in the red bricks that are used to build houses. Researchers led by Washington University in St Louis, in Missouri, US, have developed a method that can turn the cheap and widely available building material into “smart bricks” that can store energy like a battery.
  • A student at Loughborough University has designed a “robotic guide dog” that will help support visually impaired people who are unable to house a real animal. The product, designed by Anthony Camu, replicates the functions of a guide dog as well as programming quick and safe routes to destinations using real-time data.
  • Tiny hybrid robots made using stem cells from frog embryos could one day be used to swim around human bodies to specific areas requiring medicine, or to gather microplastic in the oceans.
  • Tactile virtual reality – Researchers from Northwestern University have developed a prototype device which aims to put touch within VR’s reach, using a flexible material fitted with tiny vibrating components that can be attached to skin.
  • Forest fires could one day be dealt with by drones that would direct loud noises at the trees below. Since sound is made up of pressure waves, it can be used to disrupt the air surrounding a fire, essentially cutting off the supply of oxygen to the fuel.
  • £3 pain-free tattoo removal – PhD student Alec Falkenham in the USA has worked out how to harness a property of your body’s own immune system. He’s developed a cream that delivers drugs to white blood cells called ‘macrophages’ (Greek for ‘big eaters’), causing them to release the ink they took up in order to protect your skin during the tattooing process.

Any opinions on science deniers?

  • If we lay a thick 10 mile long wet bit of spaghetti on the ground and let it dry, we can use a few drones to carefully lift it off the ground and see the slight curvature of earth to finally disprove flat earthers without using complex science.
  • When people say “scientists are sometimes wrong” they omit the fact that the people who disprove scientists are mostly other scientists.
  • “A couple of hundred years ago the idea that people get sick because of little creatures so tiny no one could see them living inside sounded like the craziest conspiracy theory”
  • Lots of Russian dogs contributed more to space science than 99.99% of anyone

Any good science ideas?

  • Trains should have water cannons installed in the front to push people off of tracks at the last moment before disaster
  • Dog Translator
  • Dream-to-Movie Maker
  • Penguins: For The Home

Quiz

  • Animals that suckle their young one are called ____.
  • What part of the plant conducts photosynthesis?
  • a. Branch
  • b. Leaf
  • c. Root
  • d. Trunk
  • What is the boiling point of water?
  • Which is the largest land animal?
  •  Which nutrient plays an essential role in muscle-building?
    • a. Protein
    • b. Carbohydrate
    • c. Iron
    • d. Fat
  • Earth is surrounded by layers of gases collectively called the _____.
    • a. Hydrosphere
    • b. Stratosphere
    • c. Atmosphere
    • d. Ozone layer
  • The standard unit of measurement for energy is ____.
    • a. Newton
    • b. Ampere
    • c. Watt
    • d. Joule
  • Earthquakes are caused due to movements of ______.
  • An acidic liquid will have a ___ pH.

The mitochondria are often labelled the powerhouse of the cell.

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