Washington Post Service: written by David A. Farnenthold

This is the way a wood frog freezes: First, as the temperature drops below 32 degrees, ice crystals start to form just beneath the frog’s skin. Then, if the mercury continues to fall, ice races inward through the frog’s arteries and veins. Its heart and brain stop working, and its eyes freeze to a ghostly white.

‘Imagine an ice cube. Paint it green,” and you’ve got the wood frog in winter, said Ken Storey, a professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. The frog is solid to the touch and makes a mini-thud when dropped.

But it is not dead. When a thaw comes, the frog is able to melt back into its normal state over a period of several hours, restart its heart and hop away. This amazing process of reanimation is being examined by scientists.


Comment by Harvey: Here are some possibilities for commercializing the process; we can name it, “Reanimation Now”

1. Freeze yourself now, while healthy, and 100 years from now, there may be some method that restores you to life; There may even be a new serum or pill that can extend longevity (to who knows how long). Think of it; if you are unhealthy in your present life, you can pull the plug on yourself and come back in the future, at a time when they may have a cure for your illness. Might be interesting, but a little difficult getting used to all the changes.

2. No suicides. If this life is not worth living, come back and check it out in 100 years. You can become a new “you.”

3. There is one problem though: What if you come back in 100 years from now, and there are no people on earth, it might be a bit lonesome.

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