From industry to entertainment, there were plenty of uses for liquid nitrogen in 2016. Quickly freezing metal improved grinding and pipe repair. Therapeutic uses for extreme cold included athletic recovery and cancer therapy. People continued to push the envelope of cryopreservation, freezing eggs, brains and people.
Liquid Nitrogen Freezing Aids Industry
Industrial applications for cryogenic freezing included food processing, pipe repair, and metal grinding.
For over half a century, liquid nitrogen has been used to freeze and chill food products. Today, liquid nitrogen is finding new applications in the food industry that can help processors improve product quality, safety and operational efficiency up and down the production line. To share the latest advances in liquid nitrogen applications, Air Products will offer a free webinar, “Thinking Outside the Liquid Nitrogen Freezing Box,” on Tuesday, June 14, at 2 p.m. ET. read more via PR Newswire
After extensive testing with a grocery fleet in California, a nitrogen trailer cooling system is available that offers an alternative to traditional diesel-powered refrigeration systems. Boreas Nitrogen Cooling Systems highlighted its new dual-zone system at last week’s TMC annual meeting in Nashville, saying it offers greater temperature control and costs less to operate. read more via Trucking Info
Commercial bakeries can extend to new markets with the help of cryogenic freezing. A cross-flow spiral freezer can preserve up to 20,000 pounds per hour using liquid nitrogen. Cryogenically frozen par-baked goods allow bakers to distribute their fresh products without compromising quality. read more via PR Newswire
Early efforts at cryogenic cooling used liquid nitrogen sprayed on metal during grinding. A new, more efficient internal liquid nitrogen delivery system is now being used by aerospace, defense, and heavy equipment manufacturers to work with hard-to-machine metals. Read more via Canadian Metalworking
Weld purging innovators, Huntingdon Fusion Techniques has created a pipe freezing system which enables repair work to be carried out on major pipe networks without having to drain the entire system. read more via Gas World
At the Cannabis Science Conference in Oregon, research and technology are showcased, such as a machine that uses LN2 to break down edible marijuana into a powdered form. read more and see the vidoe via KATU2
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Freezing your whole body in liquid nitrogen at a cryo spa was hailed as a quick way to recover from a workout. Clinicians used cryotherapy to treat cancer patients among other uses.
Cryogenic strategies are being used as a minimally invasive treatment for some breast cancer patients. Freezing the cancer cells with liquid nitrogen is a quick targeted procedure that aims to kill tumors up to 1.5cm. The cryoablation process has been used since 1999; surgeon Andrew Kenler is researching its application to tumors in some breast cancer patients. read more via Targeted Oncology
Since 2013, players on the Denver Broncos have been using Cryotherapy treatments. Less painful and more effective than an ice bath, the liquid nitrogen mist reduces inflammation and releases endorphins. "It really gets them amped up and ready to go," says Dr. Ryan Tuchscherer read more via the Denver Post
With a wave of her CryoWand, this cryofacialist releases a mist of pressurized liquid nitrogen into your face, hair and neck to give you tighter, glossier skin. She claims it cures eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. So do the skeptics among us want to give it try? read more via OZY
In cryoablation, also known as cryosurgery or cryotherapy, doctors freeze localized tumors with liquid argon or liquid nitrogen. This technique shows impressive results in recurrent mesothelioma patients, according to UCLA radiologist Dr. Fereidoun Abtin. Read more via Asbestos.com
When 9-year-old Moaza al Matrooshi needed chemotherapy, her family worried about her ability to have a child later in life. They decided to freeze one of her ovaries. 15 years later, she has given birth to a son. This success offers hope doctors could potentially restore fertility in women by freezing their ovary tissue at a very young age. Read more via The Washington Post
In an emailed statement to the media, Saban said the football program is exploring every option to keep its players on the path to success. Becoming a champion is not easy, explained Saban. "It requires sacrifice, hard work and a lot of liquid nitrogen. It's all a part of the process." read more via AL.com
Jayne Hewitt, 49, said: “It used to feel like I had an elephant sitting on my chest and now it doesn’t. It has given me such a boost and I feel more hopeful about my future now.” read more via GetWestLondon
The temperature of the nitrogen vapor can be as low as -160°C, yet the skin is only cooled down to around 5°C. Immediately after the treatment the skin temperature increases to about 29°C as stimulating responses take place. This causes blood vessels to dilate, increasing peripheral blood flow (circulation) and thus oxygenation to tissue by up to 4 times. read more via Women24
One sufferer of acid reflux that developed into Barrett’s esophagus is receiving cryotherapy treatment. Delivering liquid nitrogen to the esophagus can freeze cells in order to prevent the growth of cancer. As the frozen cells grow back, they are normal esophageal cells despite this patient’s Barrett’s esophagus. read more via CBS New York
By age 30, the average person has about 30 moles. These and other dermatological phenomena can be treated in a variety of ways, including the use of liquid nitrogen for cosmetic improvement. read more via Flagstaff Business News
CryoSphere Cryotherapy is one of three brands that combine to form Future Spa: Drip, Chill and Shine. Beginning April 9, guests will be able to get a cryo facial, exposing their face to super-cooled liquid nitrogen for five minutes to reduce inflammation and release endorphins. read more via am NEW YORK
A woman from China’s facial skin has been damaged after a veterinary hospital tried to remove freckles from her face. Most freckles are removed with laser surgery, but this clinic used liquid nitrogen used to freeze cattle sperm in the bungled cosmetic operation. read more via SCMP
Living tissue, from single-celled eggs to whole human bodies were preserved by freezing in liquid nitrogen last year.
Do they know what that they took 3,500 units of "top-shelf" bull semen? It seems unlikely to law enforcement. Unwitting thieves risk frost bite and cryogenic burns from the super-cooled liquid nitrogen in the storage tanks. read more via SFGate
The opportunity to be frozen —alongside your pet— to come back decades later is now available to more people than ever as Russia is offering cheap cryogenic freezing. The Russians take a socialist approach and store their 45 “clients” in two giant communal vacuum flasks filled with liquid nitrogen. Mr Medvedev said: “We try not to emphasize the fact that we're storing people together with animals.” read more via Daily Express
At Beijing Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital, many couples paid fees to cover the costs of keeping embryos frozen in liquid nitrogen while the Chinese government’s One Child Policy was in effect. read more via Beijing Today
“If the option is getting buried and letting the worms eat you or getting cremated, there’s absolutely zero chance of physical revival from those options. But if you get frozen it’s greater than zero. We don’t know if it’s one or 99 per cent chance, but it’s greater than zero.” read more via Express
Tissue samples are collected worldwide and then shipped to the Smithsonian in cryogenic vials inside a portable liquid nitrogen container. Samples from more than 2,000 families of living things have been preserved and cataloged. read more via Smithsonian Insider
Take a peek inside one of four cryonics facilities in the world in Salem, Oregon. The non-profit preserves human brains in liquid nitrogen for future study. Their Operations Manager: “For some it’s radical but so were the Wright brothers hanging out in the garage trying to invent flight.” read more via KXAN