Answer These Science Questions and We'll Guess If You Want to Be Cryogenically Frozen

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Zoe Samuel

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Humanity has always had an unusual relationship with death. Our cultures have come up with innumerable traditions about death. Many of these traditions are really for the benefit of the living, who must cope with the loss of a loved one. Some exist purely for scriptural reasons and are intended as a tradition that both binds a culture together and ensures all the dead will be interred in the same physical place. Some traditions exist to prevent the dead from spreading illnesses to the living or to prevent animals from disturbing the dead. In the age of European exploration, sailors would be buried at sea, and officers' remains would be prepared so that only their bones remained to be returned to their family ossuary.

The 20th century gave us a new method of preservation of the body: cryogenic freezing. The idea behind it is that one day, science will be able to extend life for the person who died, and so their bodies are frozen and kept frozen so that when that day comes, those frozen people can be cured of whatever they died from and resurrected. The science around this is dodgy at best, but because we don't know what the future holds, it could work, and many people opt for it. We think that we can tell if you're one of those people by asking you some questions. Are you up for it?

Why wouldn't you want a piece of potassium in your pocket when you go for a jog?

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Where do you keep your lab?

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In what product is NaPCA probably found?

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How often do you dry clean your labcoat?

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What does every magnet have?

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How long will your retirement funds last?

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Which of these best fits as a description for fire?

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Everyone needs a hand sometimes. Who is your lab assistant?

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What kind of not-at-all electromagnetic waves would your fantasy cellphone produce to communicate?

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Which STEM field interests you the most?

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What do you call something when it defies all statistics?

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The name of the study of differential risk resulting from ancestry is Admixture Mapping. What would the people in this field call themselves if you were the boss?

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How do you feel about the periodic table?

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What element is your favorite?

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Which element burns with the most interesting flame?

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What material are your lab gloves made of?

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Why do you have lightning rods on your house?

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Which is the best unit relating to electricity?

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It takes four fundamental forces to make the universe work. Which one could people really go without, as far as you are concerned?

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Which of these really big numbers do you name-drop to impress people?

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If you had to achieve escape velocity wearing nothing but a jetpack, who would you want to help you?

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Have you ever freaked out because you got a volatile reaction from mixing cleaning chemicals?

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When is it appropriate to mention the first law of thermodynamics?

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Which of these museums is your favorite?

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Which law of physics did you understand the most easily?

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If you were collecting specimens for study, which of the following would be the ickiest to you?

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Do you know how many calories are in your food?

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Which is the best device for looking at things in a suitably scientific way?

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Who is the scientist you would most like to emulate?

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If cryogenic freezing became compulsory, in which position would you like to be frozen in order to cheer up your grieving relatives when they look at you?

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