4/2/10

What has Science Done for You Lately?

We all know that science helped invent the light bulb and send astronauts to the moon, but what has science done for us lately?  Here's what!

Discovered The Unknown 
Scientists recently found one of the only known animals that can breathe air and water.  It's a Hawaiian caterpillar, not very cute though.  Watch the video for the serious details.

If your not into video you can read this article.  http://www.soularwise.com/drupalcms/?q=content/new-species-underwater-caterpillar-discovered-bonus-it-lives-underwater

Improved Shopping
Currently fancy pants people in long white coats are finding ways to make lines at the grocery store disappear and they are closer than ever.  Scientists are revolutionizing the way RFID tags,  tiny radios that transmit information, are being created and trying to make them as fast and easy to create as printing bar codes.  Eventually, all bar codes will be replaced by tiny RFID tags and all your groceries will be rung up by pushing your cart through a scanner.  In the future checking out at the grocery store will be as easy walking out the door,  literally.

For more information see the wired article http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/03/rfid/

Fighting Crime
New research suggests that the bacteria living on and in our bodies can be used to uniquely identify us.  This would be just like thumb prints and DNA, but much harder to clean up and much easier to find.  The methodology defined can identify a person using an object that has been touched by multiple people up to two weeks after human contact.

Sources: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2010/03/01/1000162107

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2 Response to What has Science Done for You Lately?

Anonymous
April 6, 2010 at 2:45 PM

That caterpillar is creeping me out!

Tom
April 6, 2010 at 9:00 PM

Can't view the video of the caterpillar for some reason, but I think its cool.

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