Scientifically living objects can be taught and adapt to new things. As sad as it is, pain is one of the most efficient learning receptors in history.

Children were often given corporal punishment as a way to show them right and wrong in many parts of the world. One system in training dogs and other animals, though often illegal, is canning them until they do as they are told.

Even in prisons and mental institutions caning and electric treatment are still being used. But in all these situations the receptor of the pain has a stimuli system.

Inanimate objects with electricity

But what if the same pain treatment can be used in inanimate objects? How would they respond or can they? Is it possible for inanimate objects to have electrical currents without nerves?


All these questions were answered when a group of scientists mixed a bunch of dough containing flour, lemon, salt, vegetable oil, and food coloring. In all essence, this is just regular cooking oil.

Passing electricity through the dough

The group of scientists passed a jolt of electric through the dough and simultaneously turned on a red LED light several times. They then recorded the results of the electricity flow through the flour dough.

They did this several times until they felt that the dough was sufficiently trained. They then removed the electric cables from the dough and only put on the lights.

The dough can learn: Training time

Without the electric charge, the dough still reacted as though there was a current flowing through it. Each time they put on the red light, the dough responded, in the same way, removing the hypothesis that it was only by accident.

To fully stretch the experiment the scientists brought in the entirely different dough and started the light session. But it did not exhibit the same reaction.

But after electrocuting the new dough several times while putting on the red light, the same reaction resulted.

Incredibly strange results

This is incredibly weird, and scientists do not fully understand this reaction. To exhibit a response there need to be receptors, for animals that is nerves. But in this case, there were no receptors at all. Or were there?

Most likely explanation

The scientists are still throwing around a whole bunch of reason. But perhaps the most viable is that the electrons themselves reacting to the electricity associated the current to the light. And in an attempt to “prepare themselves” for the electricity much like your sensory system would exhibit the shock reaction. Each time the electrons captured the red light they, in a matter of speaking, braced themselves for an electrical current.

Another explanation is that the red wavelength triggered the already charged electrons to move around. This then makes the dough look like it has been shocked. Both these reports offer some base for the research, and we will have to wait for more information to be gathered to get a better explanation.

Final thoughts

The application of this is almost limitless. Anything that has a switch and can pass electricity, though it can benefit from this tech. Imagine training an electric cable to start the flow of electricity with only a light show. This would allow us to save a considerable amount of steel in the construction of power infrastructure.




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