You Probably Use Most Of These Things Every Day, and They Wouldn’t Exist Without NASA

Foil Blankets

These are known by other names. Emergency blanket and space blanket (surprise, surprise). Developed in 1964, this insulation technology not only created a way to keep people warm, but also has been responsible for preventing equipment from malfunctioning due to temperature-related issues. In 1973, a parasol-type shield was made using the same insulation material to save a spacecraft that lost a heat shield. It was installed so the spacecraft wouldn’t overheat. Despite its slim design, these blankets have saved countless lives, especially in times of disaster.

Run, Run, Run as Fast as You Can: If you ever watch a marathon race, consider this: runners who finish the race in chilly conditions are wrapped up in emergency blankets. That’s because the runners will have a post-race chill settling in their body. It takes an average of 20 minutes for a runner to get into much warmer clothing. That’s enough time for hypothermia to settle in. Instead of risking something dangerous, they will instantly get warmer using none other than a good old-fashioned foil blanket.

amazon.com
  • First Toothbrush Was Actually A Chewbrush

    Some think of toothbrushes as being man’s best friend and that this award is not actually occupied by dogs. In modern times, people have indeed voted that toothbrush is one of the greatest inventions that we cannot live without. In surveys, it beats microwaves, automobiles, and television - but it is interesting to look at...

    Read More
  • Oldest Organism On Earth Only Reproduce Every 10,000 Years

    Researchers who have been working with the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) have discovered new bacteria, fungi, and viruses living a mile under the ocean floor that are thought to be millions of years old. The incredible discovery shines some light on how old species on Earth really are, with...

    Read More
  • One Rickshaw Driver Was Able To Help Educate Hundreds Of Poor Children

    A famous rickshaw driver by the name of Mr. Bai Fang Li is a folklore legend in his home region, having helped hundreds of poor children afford education during his lifetime. Most people believe in relaxation when getting older, especially as they retire, but not Mr. Li who continued his donation lifestyle until the very...

    Read More
  • The Vine That Is A Master Mimic

    When it comes to changing into something else or camouflaging, the world is filled with organisms that can do this. The Chameleon is, of course, the most famous one, that can alter its color and blend in with its background. And in the insect world, you will find butterflies that mimic toxic insect or sticks...

    Read More
  • The Secret Ingredient To Victorian Leather Was Dog Poop

    Back in time, dog poop was an extremely valuable resource for leather makers. Every coat, handbag, briefcase or any sort of leather goods was created by using dog poop to an extent. So as you can imagine some entrepreneurs around the city of London found a way to benefit from this ever-growing need for dog...

    Read More