Scientists use everyday objects.
Water wings? More like scientific flotation devices. Credit: studo58/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

Sometimes, when you’re designing an experiment or just trying to lug around a bunch of rocks, science makes you think outside the box. Necessity, after all, is the mother of invention.

Like Department of External Services agent Angus “Mac” MacGyver, scientists around the world are jury-rigging everyday objects into specialized equipment. And this being the digital age, there’s a hashtag for that!

Here are 10 examples of scientists channeling their inner MacGyver with everyday household products, as told by tweets.

Mr. Coffee? More Like Mr. Dirt

Have More Soil to Grind? Try Some Mesh

For Those Arctic “Emergencies”…

And Here Are Some Gloves You Can Wear While “Using” the Bottle

Storing Sediment Cores

OK, So You’ve Got Your Core. How Do You Clean It?

Speaking of Cleaning…

It’s All About the Festive Colors

Need to Stay Dry During a Tropical Storm?

The Other Kids Won’t Make Fun of You, I Swear

—JoAnna Wendel (@JoAnnaScience), Staff Writer


(2018), Ten everyday objects that can be used for science, Eos, 99, Published on 07 March 2018.

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