NASA’s new bleeding-edge gauze might save astronauts lives
We are seeing lot of inventions being made prior to the upcoming Mars missions. However, you don’t have to be into science-fiction to understand that NASA still needs to get a grip on many technical hurdles before our astronauts can put their boots on the red planet safely.
Yes, Mark Watney has become quite a Martian but real humans need more to survive and especially have to consider the less obvious things like how to deal with injuries that far away from mother Earth. That can be overlooked, but certainly is important.
As there’s only so much space on a trip to Mars, there will be limited access to medical care due to supply restrictions. Expertise to manage complex medical conditions might also be hard to come by.
So, it’s no surprise that NASA scientists are trying hard to improve the odds with some new cutting-edge gauze that could quickly close wounds and even speed up the healing process. This tech could have a major impact on the way wounds heal and goes by electric gauze for the time being.
Because blood flows differently in any situation with higher or lower gravity more study needs to be done to exactly determine how this invention functions in outer space and on Mars. Fortunately, the gaze also has serious potential on Earth.
Defined in a nutshell, the electric gauze simply applies voltage to a polymer hence creating a fiber. This way, fibers can be used to wrap up cells as they heal. According to scientists this could be a real game-changer for astronauts living in critical condition helping them heal faster and avoid a serious infection.
Emilie Siochi, a senior materials scientist at NASA’s Langley Research Center, recently chimed in on the electric gaze saying:
“What’s unique about this material is that it’s electroactive — meaning that if you warm it up, if you push on it, if you apply any load on it, even if you just blow on it — it actually generates voltage,”
You can also watch the video interview right here:
This article was originally published on pionic.