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Season 1, Episode 31
Wildlife savings cat whiskers, NFL for NFL, glow in the dark trees, and 3D printed needle patches
In today’s episode of STEMology… Sophie & dave will discuss about
How analysis of cat whiskers shows why cats hunt, a blood test that can be used to predict a person’s chance to bounce back from a traumatic brain injury, lighting up the trees by using nanoparticles of glow in the dark paint and a new way of injecting vaccines by using 3D printed patches
Around 96% of these cats diets came from the food provided by owners while only three to 4% came from eating wild animals, suggesting that it’s the predatory instincts rather than hunger, which is probably the main reason some domestic cats just regularly hunt wild prey
Around 55 million people globally living with traumatic brain injury, but, as we’ve sort of established, there’s not really like a one size fits all treatment. So this is a really important kind of diagnostic tool
So apparently the nanoparticles they use, strontium aluminate, is widely used in paints and coating formulations as a photo luminescence pigment, basically it’s glow in the dark paint.
With this micro printed 3d patch, they reckon that the needles are exactly the right length to get into that intradermal space. And basically because the intradermal space is where all the immune cells hangout, they’re the ones you want to target with your vaccine.
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