Ever fancied becoming the living embodiment of Solenya, the Pickle Man who steals the dreams of children who waste their soup? Those who fell in love with Pickle Rick in Season 3 of Rick and Morty may fantasize about fighting sewer rats in all their briny splendor, but to what end? Ultimately, there's no way that any of us could match Rick's intellect and ever turn ourselves into an actual pickle, right?
Wrong. According to a new video posted by Today In Technology, the science behind Rick's metamorphosis could one day become a reality. That's right guys. You too could one day become a pickle, even attaching bony rat arms to yourself if you so choose (probably) — and no, we're not talking out of our Poopybutthole.
What The Squanch?
Today In Technology begin explaining the process behind Rick's pickling procedure by taking us back to 1972, when scientists first transferred DNA from the nucleus of one organism to another. Through the use of plasmids (small packets of DNA found within bacteria), researchers were able to share DNA between two distinct creatures, and just one year later, the first genetically modified organism was created.
At first, scientists created an E Coli bacteria that expressed the salmonella gene, but since then, cabbages have been created that contain scorpion venom and cats have been engineered to glow in the dark. While this is rather useful for those of us who struggle to find our feline friends after night falls, ethical constraints have limited this line of research somewhat, to the point where scientists can only alter single genes right now.
However, conceptual research on nano technology postulates that scientists will one day be able to create nano-sized robots that can rewrite DNA faster and more efficiently than ever before. In line with this, a senior researcher named Robert Freitas has designed a nano-robot that's small enough to fit inside the nucleus of a cell. It seems as though Rick managed to draw upon the work of Freitas to make his transformation a reality, keeping nano-robots that can reverse the process inside the liquid substance contained in his syringe.
This Is Where Things Get Heavy
Sadly, those of us who wish to live out our lives in pickled glory may have to wait a while, as real-life technology hasn't caught up to these research ideas just yet. Furthermore, there's also another potential obstacle preventing us from transforming into a deli snack. Even if Rick can rewrite his DNA and literally pickle himself, the Law of the Conservation of Mass dictates that his mass can't be changed, only re-arranged into another form. Even though Pickle Rick looks like a pickle, albeit one with eyes and a mouth, he's not the same as a pickle. In fact, the extraordinarily intelligent Pickle Rick would actually be incredibly dense in real life— well, in terms of weight at least.
Imagine if the weight of an entire man was condensed into a small vegetable such as a pickle. Just like Ant-Man retains his strength in miniature form, so too would Pickle Rick, as he proved when fighting off those sewer rats with ease. The problem here is that Pickle Rick's bony rat/cockroach exoskeleton wouldn't be strong enough to support his weight, unless of course Rick found a way to circumvent the laws of physics. After all, this wouldn't be the first time that Rick has done this, leading many to label him as some kind of messed up god, or at the very least, the real villain of Rick and Morty.
But How Does The Cockroach Exoskeleton Work?
If we had a schmeckle for every time someone asked us how a cockroach exoskeleton would work, we'd have enough money to put Morty and Summer through therapy for life. Well, wonder no more, my friends. Nerdist delved deep into the annals of scientific research to uncover how Rick was able to make a dead cockroach move just by poking its brain with his tongue.
According to a 2015 study published in Current Biology, scientists from Ohio’s Case Western Reserve University found that both the movements of a cockroach and the speed which it travels are still encoded in its brain after death. Titled 'Central-Complex Control of Movement in the Freely Walking Cockroach,' the research discovered which exact neurons were responsible for each particular movement by attaching 27 wires into the brain of a freely walking cockroach. Through this method, the scientists were able to map where the neural activity took place, so this could be replicated in the poor cockroach's dead brethren.
Apparently, the research was conducted in order to help discover how robots and machines could mimic these motor processes. However, we're more inclined to believe that the study was carried out in a bid to replicate Pickle Rick's suit and create an army of briny soldiers that could wipe out the rat kingdom once and for all. You never know when the Galactic Federation might drive us into the sewers alongside the filthy creatures, and let's face it; most of us would rather eat the rats than resort to eating our own poop. When that day comes, we're going to need all the help we can get.
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