Magical Healing Oral Strips – Soothing Relief for the Next Time You Burn Your Tongue

Come on, you know it’s going to happen. Either you’ll forget or think, “It can’t be that hot,” and before you know it, the top of your tongue will feel like a brillo pad and the rest of your coffee or pizza or cup noodles will be, sadly, tasteless.

Well, scientists are getting real tired of your sh*t, and have taken it upon themselves to develop a new dissolvable oral strip that will provide instant relief for burns caused by eating hot things much too quickly. (I mean, is it really that hard to wait a minute?)

Akin to breath freshening strips, the new strips can be applied directly to nearly any affected area in the mouth and are non-toxic, dissolving quickly for immediate pain relief and to promote healing. No word yet on whether the strips will be commercialized or available for purchase any time soon.

Good news though, lead researcher Jason McConville and his team are now working on creating a stronger strip to treat more “severe” burns which have persisted for more than 2 days.

Chronic tongue burners rejoice, you sick, sadistic freaks.

[Via Geekologie]


Biodegradable Gum

According to a report in Critical Reviews in Oral Biology and Medicine, an average of 560,000 tons of gum is chewed each year. Pretty soon, we’re going to run out of desks and chairs to hide gum under.

Professor Terence Cosgrove, a British scientist at the University of Bristol, invented Rev 7, a water-soluble substance. The new gum is said to be 30% easier to remove from surfaces, than regular gum. Rev 7 can be dissolved by mixing water and a mild agitation over a period of 6 months, which seems long, but it’s nothing compared to the 50 years it takes for regular gum to dissolve. Through the use of polymers, it allows water to form a layer around the substance making it easier to remove.

If Rev 7 works out, it has the potential to change the world, or at least keep kids from getting gunk in their shoes and tracking it into the house.

via: Huffington Post  Photo Credit: alamy