Technology Facts

Before crash test dummies were developed, the tests were done with human cadavers and today human corpses are still used to improve automotive safety!

John O. Moore started the Automotive Crash Injury Research Center in 1952 where using crash testing was pioneered.

Originally human cadavers were used before crash test dummies were developed. You may find this information shocking or gross, but it still happens today!

As recent as last year researchers in Spain announced that they will be using human cadavers again instead of crash test dummies because of budget restraints!

The Laboratory of Technology and Systems for Safety In Automobiles in northern Spain is one of six places in the world where human-body crash tests were conducted.

Researchers say that human bodies will give them a much clearer idea of what happens to internal organs during a crash.

Using cadavers for these types of tests continues to this day in America and Europe. Auto manufacturers stick to dummies because they do not want to get involved in the business of handling dead bodies or of disposing of them afterwards.

Universities receive funding to do certain tests on human bodies and to make the data available to manufacturers. This data has been proven to be invaluable.

In a 1995 article in the Journal of Trauma, researcher Albert King estimated that about 8,500 lives are saved every year as a result of crash research on human corpses.


The inventor of the LASER had to fight for 30 years to have his patent approved, but it was worth the wait in the end!

Gordon Gould invented the LASER when he was 37 years old. He worked three days on documenting his ideas and on his notes he wrote: "Some rough calculations on the feasibility of a LASER."

That was the first time ever the acronym was used.

Unfortunately Gould was not very clued up on how to register intellectual property and was under the impression that he first had to build his invention before he could patent it.

Unfortunately he approached Charles Townes for advice on how to register a patent and shared his ideas about the LASER with him freely.

When he finally applied for a patent in 1959, Townes and Arthur Schawlow had already filed their patent applications for the invention. A historic patent battle ensued. During that time Gould had to watch how the technology he invented was used by manufacturers all over the world.

Maybe it was not such a bad thing that he had to wait 30 years to receive approval for the patent of his invention. When his patent was finally approved in 1988, after years of patent wars, 80% of lasers made in the USA were using his design.

The market for lasers was $500 million a year at that stage and Gordon Gould suddenly became a multimillionaire!


In 2008 Internet griefers attacked an online epilepsy support forum by posting code and flashing computer animation on the website to trigger seizures!

We all know that the internet is flooded with haters.

There is not one social forum with a comment option that does not draw them out to air their grievances, or to just spew forth hate, prejudices or general negative opinions.

On March 28, 2008, what seemed to have been a propaganda war between a group known as Anonymous (filled, of course, with anonymous users) and the Church of Scientology, turned really ugly when an online epilepsy support forum, run by the Epilepsy Foundation of America, was assaulted.

Internet griefers posted JavaScript code and flashing computer animations on the forum's site to trigger migraine headaches and seizures in photosensitive and pattern-sensitive epileptics!

Reportedly the United Kingdom-based National Society for Epilepsy was also subjected to an identical attack, although this has not been confirmed.

Anonymous denied responsibility and blamed the Church of Scientology, saying the Scientologists did it "to ruin public opinion of Anonymous." Scientologist Tommy Davis accused Anonymous of hacking into the website.

The FBI could not find any evidence to link Anonymous to the incident and had "no reason to believe that these charges will be leveled against this group."

Members of the forum said they found a thread at (a supposed stronghold of Anonymous) in which the attack was being planned, but that thread has since been deleted.


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Stephen Hawking can only "speak" at about one word per minute!

One of the greatest minds of our time has been confined to a chair and a computer for most of his life.

Stephen Hawking can envision forces in the universe that most can't even fathom—unfortunately with the current technology, he can only convey about a word a minute.

Intel has worked on the tech that drives Hawking's speech program for over a decade.

It works by Hawking twitching his cheek in time to a continually scrolling cursor as he selects one letter at a time.

He used to be quicker, but his deteriorating condition has left him with a slow pace of choosing words.

Intel's CTO thinks they can do better and are determined to help the ailing genius.

The plan is to use Hawking's other facial expressions and use those to be able to construct sentences at a more rapid pace.

A decent word predictor could also bring Hawking's speech up to five to ten words per minute.


MIT students developed a wristband that can regulate the body's temperature, thereby possibly eliminating the need for central heating and cooling in the future!

Sam Shames is a MIT senior who faced a rather common problem.

His body temperature usually runs hot and his mom's usually runs cold and, between the two of them, it was not easy to decide where to set the thermostat in a room when they were both occupying the same space.

He figured there must be a way where everybody can just live in peace and be comfortable at the same time, so he did some research.

He came across scientific papers that explained that heating or cooling certain parts of the body have an effect on how cold or warm we think we are.

Suddenly he asked the right question: Why, instead of heating or cooling a space with central air conditioning, don’t we just heat or cool our own bodies?

That is how he and a team of other students started working on ‘Wristify," a thermoelectric bracelet that uses alternating pulses of hot or cold to regulate the temperature of the person wearing it.

The ‘Wristify’ prototype won first place at the MADMEC, an annual competition put on by the school’s Materials Science and Engineering program.

In the U.S. alone air conditioning accounts for 16.5 percent of energy use. If ‘Wristify’ becomes available for public use, it will certainly contribute to lessening the energy problem the world is currently facing, because you will not need air conditioning if you can control your body’s temperature!



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