Chile is a land full of scientists. Collaborating projects are developed in the four cardinal points with the most important brilliant minds in the world. It is no accident that an asteroid has been named “red duck” in honor of the director of the National Astronomical Observatory of the University of Chile, Patricio Rojo.
And it is true that due to its geographical location, Chilean scientists have developed many advances in astronomical research. However, experts born in the southern territory also have a presence in many other areas.
How much? Well, we are going to tell you about four inventions made by Chilean scientists that have nothing to do with outer space.
In some cases, these are artifacts or mechanisms that are very present in the daily lives of citizens around the world.
Inventions of Chilean scientists
- the copper tee: It is one of the most used contraceptive methods by women in the whole world. It is an intrauterine device that was created in the 70s, according to a review Bio Bio Chileby the Chilean doctor, Jaime Zipper.
- Hepatitis B vaccine: Liver B infection is life-threatening and affected much of humanity before the 1980s. Until in the middle of that decade, specifically in 1986, the Chilean biochemist Paul Valenzuela brought out the antidote for this virus.
- The fogcatcher: The El Niño phenomenon affects several regions of the world without prior notice. It brings with it droughts and that affects the crops. To try to overcome this eventuality, the Chilean scientist, Carlos Espinosa created the Fog Catcher, a kind of net in mountainous areas that extracts small drops of water in the mist that serves to keep the fields hydrated.
- The Sunmaphore: This is a device that by means of colors indicates the levels of ultra violet radiation (UV) that the Sun is sending. It was created by Ernest Gramsch and as indicated by the aforementioned medium, it is common to find them installed in spas, coastal areas or outdoor areas where people are exposed to the sun.