10 Cool Things We Need To Know
Out of the entire information downpour, we seldom think about the small things that could make a big difference in our daily lives. Here are 10 cool things we need to know that might come in handy some day.
Drinking tea could prevent Alzheimer’s
A new study has revealed that having a cup can help protect the brain from neurons degeneration. The results showed that regular tea drinking reduced the risk of cognitive decline in those over 55 years of age by 50 per cent. Black, green and oolong tea leaves contain bioactive compounds that have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that may help prevent the onset of dementia from diseases like Alzheimer’s.
Nappies to fuel UK power stations
Nappies are to be used as a new fuel source in the UK. The hygiene products will be shredded, squeezed of moisture and then compressed into dry bales and burnt as a refuse-derived fuel. The patented system can process up to 10 tons per hour. If left in landfill, a nappy can take centuries to decompose.
Making mistakes halts the brain
We all learn from our mistakes, but it takes more time than we might think. In a recent experiment, participants were asked a number of questions. When an incorrect answer was given, and if another question was posed straight away, the chances of getting it right dropped by as much as ten per cent. This is known as error-induced blindness and demonstrates that the human brain’s cognitive functions can be momentarily distracted by mistakes. Life on Earth began as drops of chemicals.
The first cells on Earth are believed to have derived from chemical droplets.
Simulations have shown how the droplets successfully separated and replicated. The reactions could be the first instances of life, and gathered their energy from heat sources like hydro thermal vents. However this is just a theory and alternate science does not agree with it. Recent discoveries and scientific experiences declare there has to be an intelligent designer who made this mathematically perfect universe that abodes life on our planet. Recently Steven Hawking emphasized on the Intelligent Designer equation that there could be a possibility.
You can 3D print with cheese
Cheese’s ability to turn from solid to liquid and back again means it is an ideal candidate for using as an ‘ink’ in a 3D food printer. The dairy product was heated at 75 degrees Celsius and sent through a 3D printer in an effort to create edible 3D printed products.
Boeing’s space plane broke its own record
The experimental X-37B has recently beaten the flight duration records set by its own previous missions, having been in the air since May 2015. The official purpose of the mission is to explore reusable spacecraft technology for future space missions. At the time of writing, the X-37B has been in flight for 672 days and counting, and will continue its orbit until its mission is complete.
Urine could be used to grow food on Mars
For long-distance space missions, astronauts will be required to make their own food. Research by the German Space Agency has shown that bacteria in urine can help recreate the biological processes needed to grow food on Earth. Scientists grew tomatoes using bacteria from urine that turned ammonia into nitrates. The test will be undertaken next in simulated lunar and Martian gravity.
Sponges can help clean up oil spills
Environmentally damaging oil spills may be controlled in the future by super absorbent foam. Made from polyurethane or polyamide plastic, the material can absorb 90 times its own weight in oil using saline molecules to capture a spill. Sorbents, which are currently used, can only be used once, but the foam is simply squeezed out and reused like a sponge.
Electronic tattoos can control your smart phone
Tattoos containing electrodes allow you to answer the phone by squeezing a wrinkle or skip a song by touching your knuckle. Thinner than the width of a human hair, the temporary tattoos act as touch-sensitive buttons that can pair with electronic devices. This represents a whole new era of human-computer interaction and could be the next generation of wearable technology.
Drones can pollinate flowers
With bee populations in decline, researchers are considering the use of tiny drones to help artificially pollinate flowers. Working autonomously with built-in GPS and AI technology, the drones are covered in horsehair and gel and fly from flower to flower to collect and dispense pollen. A form of artificial cross pollination, the idea has been successful in tests and is designed to complement rather than replace insects in a bid to increase global crop yields.