Scientists often took risks to achieve results. The most revealing stories are that doctors deliberately infected themselves with infections, so that later they can better study the symptoms and treatment methods. But sometimes such experiments ended in the death of the scientist himself.
Today, this seems inconceivable. Nevertheless, there are some scientific specializations that are quite dangerous or simply unpleasant to an ordinary person. But for the sake of progress, what can you do? So, here are the most unpleasant professions of scientists in our, “advanced” time. The developer of new fuels.
Our civilization is unthinkable without energy. People are constantly looking for new types of fuel. But this process is rather long and painstaking. So at the Livermore National Laboratory, nuclear fuel has been studied for half a century. Researchers want to adapt it to conventional car engines. But research has not yet seen an end, scientists believe that it will take about 20 more years to achieve some result. These people compare themselves with the builders of medieval cathedrals. After all, in those days, the walls of the largest religious buildings were erected by several generations of masons.
Laboratory assistant analyzing the stool of patients with dysentery.
In the mid-1980s, the Virginia Institute of Technology researched microorganisms that caused dysentery. For this, the unfortunate laboratory assistants have studied several tens of thousands of stool samples of people suffering from this disease. Based on these studies, Techlab was established in the 1990s. She lets out the equipment just for carrying out of such here tests, and also carries out the analysis directed by other doctors of samples. There are thirty employees in the company who only deal with the fact that they work with feces, studying its odor, color, density. Microbiological analysis of wastes of human vital activity is also carried out here.
Laboratory assistant analyzing sperm of animals.
Biological laboratories also study the sperm of various creatures in the course of their research. Although laboratory technicians are equipped with special electronic devices, manual stimulation remains the simplest and most effective way to cause ejaculation in experimental subjects. At the same time, sometimes experiments require that the animal be in a waking state, so that anesthesia is not used in experiments. Especially hard for those scientists who are in the duty of dealing with large animals – lions, elephants, bulls. The mosquito researcher.
Most of us, upon seeing a mosquito, only think about how to slam it. Meanwhile, there are biologists and physicians who are researching these insects to discover new ways to fight malaria. As a result, in real conditions they literally pay their own blood for their knowledge. Malarial mosquitoes are invited to sit on naked areas of scientists’ bodies and have a snack in this way. Helga Zielre, an American researcher, has been conducting such research in Brazil for over twenty years. She estimated that in the field she can catch or kill up to 17 mosquitoes per minute, so she has already learned how to work with them. Of course, a person can easily be replaced by an animal, which also will have to taste the insects-bloodsuckers. This role is best suited pig. Only in many countries such treatment with pigs provokes a stormy protest from organizations that protect animal rights. That’s what people have to do experiments on themselves.
Microbiologist working with pathogenic microorganisms.
People work with samples of microorganisms that can cause a deadly disease. For this, the viruses are placed in a carefully protected room. But researchers, willy-nilly, are forced to go there. It is especially dangerous when the microorganisms under study are in the form of aerial suspensions.
Tester of enclosed spaces.
Although there is no such profession in official documents, such specialists do exist.In particular, they work for NASA. After all, spacecrafts are created there, in which the astronauts will then live and work in orbit. Someone needs to check these enclosed spaces! This is done by technicians and engineers who create spaceships. They check comfort of stay, security and tightness on themselves. To do this, they are inside the capsules of the spaceship for weeks and lead about the same way of life as real astronauts in space. Yes, and the profession of an astronaut is nicely called to be neither as it can not.
Criminology is by no means a theoretical science. Often scientists who study the underworld are forced to conduct their research in prisons. The most dangerous prisoners are interviewed by young students and students. In this case, often during the conversation, the guard does not take part. After all, it is believed that the prisoner behaves more reservedly at the sight of the jailer and is not inclined to frankness. So we have to stay alone with the murderers and rapists in pursuit of the purity of the experiment. After this, do not be surprised that during the interview, students suddenly become victims of their dangerous interlocutors. Skeleton Cleaner.
Scientists and taxidermists are forced to work with the skeletons of animals. But first they must be cleansed of the remnants of blood and flesh. To implement this, a very unpleasant method of digestion of bones is used. It happens that the remains of dead animals are taken out into the yard, leaving them to be eaten by insects. Either way, scientists are forced to deal with a very unpleasant odor.
A popularizer of the metric system.
Europeans may not understand why to popularize the already well-known and widely used system. But the fact is that the US has adopted the traditional English system of measures and weights. There are not used the usual for us meters, kilograms, Celsius and liters. Americans successfully manage miles, pounds, feet, pints and Fahrenheit. Back in 1975, the US decided to gradually move to the traditional metric system. To do this, the National Institute of Standards and Technology created an appropriate unit, whose employees were supposed to promote new measures. The life of these people turned out to be very difficult. They spend a lot of time talking to representatives of large enterprises and government officials. Scientists try to convince them that the transition to a metric system will be beneficial from all sides. Practically there is no question of science at all, it is more like some kind of advertising action or trade. It even got to the point that the head of this department, who got confused, could not name his weight in kilograms at one of the press conferences.
Unfortunately, more and more species of rare birds and small animals can be considered lost. However, scientists can not just take them out and delete them from the wildlife registry. That’s why there are special hunters for rare animals, which no one has seen for a long time. For example, in Hawaii there is a special unit of ornithologists. They are trying to find birds that have been considered extinct for twenty years already. Searches are conducted daily, and each time scientists sadly come back empty-handed.
Experiments on frogs are common practice in many medical and biological faculties. Thus, the reflexes and features of the nervous system of these animals are studied. As a result, a real frog executioner can be called those leaders of such laboratories, which takes almost every day an important and fateful decision to execute hundreds and thousands of unfortunate frogs.
Ichthyologist is a bookkeeper.
How many fish are in the sea? More than the stars in the sky. Meanwhile there are ichthyologists, who are obliged to count fish. Such work is difficult to call pleasant. The most difficult time comes during spawning. On the river in front of scientists are thousands of fish.It is not enough to count them, we still have to determine their belonging to this or that kind. Probably, upon termination of spawning, the ichthyologists for a long time can not get rid of pictures of fish swimming and jumping before their eyes.
Taster of smells.
In many food, pharmaceutical and perfumery companies these people work with a fine sense of smell. However, such work requires sacrifice. Often these specialists do not wash for weeks. And all in order to test how a new sample of cologne or deodorant repels unpleasant odors.
Analyzer of human gases.
And finally – the most unpleasant scientific specialization. It is clear that a person is ready for anything, for the sake of science. Gastroenterologist Michael Levitt of the United States is forced to engage in extremely unpleasant work. He analyzes the gases that people give after eating. To do this, the scientist even came up with a special device, which consists of a special sachet and tightly attached to the anus. This allowed Levitt to keep the gases for a long time and create a whole scientific collection. A brave scientist feeds his volunteers with a variety of food, and then collects the gases with his own sense of smell. The doctor says that with the help of the analysis of human gases in the near future it will be possible to learn how to diagnose various diseases of the digestive system.