Amazing Scientific Fact

@nanette64 (13873)
Fairfield, Texas
March 20, 2016 9:46am CST
Most people remember the movie Demolition Man with Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes where they are placed in a cryogenic state of suspended animation; frozen if you will. The possibility of this theme may seem only for the movies, but in fact, there is an animal on this planet that does this every year. It is the Alaskan Wood Frog. It literally freezes for the 7 months of winter and dethaws in the spring. The glucose and urea in the cells increase so as to keep the cells from dying out. The heart stops and suspended animation begins. "By making the cells super sweet with glucose, the frogs keep the water from leaving the cells and when spring comes, and the frogs thaw, they turn as much of the glucose as they can back into glycogen and they urinate out the rest." The frog literally comes back to life. Now if only we humans could do that. Strongest Weather on Earth did a show on this as well.
Each September, the wood frogs of Alaska do a very strange thing: They freeze.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
20 Mar 16
I wonder if we can indeed do that..who knows but of course no one has tried Nanette. I always find this fascinating that frogs can do this.
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@nanette64 (13873)
• Fairfield, Texas
20 Mar 16
You know, it wouldn't surprise me if scientists haven't been working on something like that @TiarasOceanView . I wonder if anybody's raised their hand and volunteered to be a guinea pig.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
20 Mar 16
@nanette64 Yes I wouldnt be surprised either..I am sure someone would that thinks they are Houdini lolz
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• United States
29 Mar 16
@nanette64 what about the preservation of Walt Disney, wasn't he cryogenically treated ?
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@UncleJoe (8608)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
20 Mar 16
They CAN! I've known some pretty cold women.
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@nanette64 (13873)
• Fairfield, Texas
20 Mar 16
I think that's in the 'mental cold' department @UncleJoe . Although I've known some women who were able to exude waves of ice crystals from their bodies.
• United States
29 Mar 16
This was very interesting and maybe, just maybe, the effect can be positive on human sustainability--- the cryogenic process is a fascinating scientific endeavor, thanks for sharing and giving us something else to 'think' about
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@nanette64 (13873)
• Fairfield, Texas
30 Mar 16
Just think @enlightenedpsych2 , if you had a deadly disease, they could freeze you up and when they found the cure, defrost you and fix you right up.
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• United States
30 Mar 16
@nanette64 well as I am headstrong about NOT getting any disease or condition that will speed me to the grave, I still find the concept of freezing and thawing later, scientifically fascinating ! Thank you so much for sharing this info
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@Ceerios (4775)
• Goodfellow, Texas
21 Mar
@nanette64 - Ms Nanette - Letting my warm imagination run completely wild, I cannot come up with the picture of frozen scientists (and the like) finding much of anything while trying to find them with both hands and a lantern while encased in solid ice. -Gus-
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@Daljinder (19932)
• India
21 Mar 16
Talking about hibernation and freezing..... This post of yours reminded me of this video I saw on you tube:
Thanks for watching.... 1. 19 year old Jean Hilliard was driving home from a friend’s house when her car skidded on an icy road and careened into a ditch. 2....
@nanette64 (13873)
• Fairfield, Texas
21 Mar 16
Holy crap @Daljinder . That is absolutely amazing. The freezing process must have been so slow that her cells literally did like what the frogs' cells do.
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@jaboUK (50721)
• United Kingdom
21 Mar 16
Wow, how amazing is that. Wonderful for her and her family.
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@Daljinder (19932)
• India
22 Mar 16
@nanette64 I was amazed too. Seriously. I know frost bite might mean one has to lose a toe or even a limb. But to see her walking out with all of her limbs intact was a miracle. Since she was frozen like that. She was truly lucky. Or maybe blessed.
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@millie02 (5955)
• United Kingdom
20 Mar 16
I would like to hibernate all through the winter like some animals do.
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@nanette64 (13873)
• Fairfield, Texas
20 Mar 16
I hate cold weather @millie02 , so I wouldn't mind being a candidate. It does amaze me how some animals like bears do it.
@Hatley (159545)
• Garden Grove, California
21 Apr 16
that s truly fascinating wonder if they wlll ever be able to do tha wity people lol?
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@nanette64 (13873)
• Fairfield, Texas
22 Apr 16
I think they did it to Walt Disney, but I'm not 100% positive @Hatley .
@Hatley (159545)
• Garden Grove, California
22 Apr 16
@nanette64 that would be realy interesting wow
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@jaboUK (50721)
• United Kingdom
20 Mar 16
That's amazing, isn't it? Nature can be wonderful.
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@nanette64 (13873)
• Fairfield, Texas
21 Mar 16
@jaboUK , check out the video that @Daljinder left in her comment. Absolutely amazing.
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@jaboUK (50721)
• United Kingdom
21 Mar 16
@nanette64 I've checked it and that really does seem like a miracle.
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@Ceerios (4775)
• Goodfellow, Texas
21 Mar
@nanette64 - Ms Nanette - Science is busily at work right here and now, freeze or no freeze... and I do not have any sort of explanation for it. Check the dates for all of the comments on this page. Some of them are far ahead of today's actual date - like they can be "31 March" whereas today is but 21 March. Someone took a giant leap into the future, no doubt, but forgot to freeze today's day. - Gus-
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@nanette64 (13873)
• Fairfield, Texas
21 Mar
It is weird that most are from 2016 @Ceerios . But then there are others that don't say the year.
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@MGjhaud (20802)
• Philippines
28 Mar 16
that would be amazing if a human being can hibernate that long. i would love to try. i love cold weather and all i wanna do is stay under my sheets.
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@nanette64 (13873)
• Fairfield, Texas
28 Mar 16
I wouldn't mind that myself @MGjhaud .
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@Corbin5 (81963)
• United States
20 Mar 16
That is amazing. There are times when I wish I could be in a cryogenic state during our winters here.
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@nanette64 (13873)
• Fairfield, Texas
20 Mar 16
Wouldn't that be nice @Corbin5 . No frostbite, no driving in the snow, no work, no alarm going off at 6am, no being woke up by leg cramps; now that's what I'd call a deep sleep.
@cherriefic (4291)
• Baguio, Philippines
30 Mar 16
That's an amazing thing about frogs. They can do a lot of things.
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@TRBRocks420 (62322)
• Banks, Oregon
25 Mar 16
Yes, pretty awesome. I have heard of animals that can do this.
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@DianneN (59691)
• United States
20 Mar 16
Very interesting. I'm sure many of my northern friends will try that.
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