Ants and Cryogenics
|Pictured above: Official ant cryogenic chamber.
Purpose: Cryogenics has become one of the
vastly growing new technologies in the world of science today. The purpose of
this experiment is to see if it is possible to freeze ants in the hope that they
may be revived upon a later date and therefore extending their lives.
Hypothesis: It is the hypothesis of this
experiment that due to the simple life structures of ants, they will be able to
survive extended periods of time in the cryogenic chamber and will prove that
cryogenics as a science is possible.
Equipment: Several pieces of equipment will
be necessary for this experiment. A freezer should be adequate as a cryogenic
chamber. Plastic cups should be used as the pods to place the ants in, Aluminum
foil will also be used, water, a plate, and roughly 15 ants.
Procedure: The first step is to capture 15
ants, and place 5 into each cup, making sure to place the aluminum foil on top
to prevent escape. Label the cups "A","B", and "C".
With cup "A" place 5 ants in the cup, and place in the cryogenic
chamber, after frozen, add water. With "B" place to ants in the
cryogenic chamber, and finally with "C" place water onto the ants,
and place in the chamber and allow to freeze. After an extended period of time,
take the ants out of the cryogenic chamber, and place in warm water, to thaw
them out, observe their actions.
|Pictured above: The three pods are shown here,
with the cryogized ants in front. Ants are marked with dots due to poor picture
||Number of Specimens
||Number of Survivors|
|Chamber "A": Ants frozen; water
added after freezing.
|Chamber "B": Ants frozen with out
|Chamber "C":Water added to ants
Conclusion: Unfortunantly, none of the ants
survived the cryogenic chamber. A fact that is open to debate as to the cause.
One argument lies on the fact that it is the simple anatomy of the ant that
leads to it's downfall. However, an experiment concerning crickets and
cryogenics is Highly Unlikely. Also, the failure of this experiment
should not be extended to prove the effectiveness of cryogenics as a science.
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