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Mary Amdur’s Guinea Pig Wheel
Running wheel

Origin

Mary Amdur

Type

Guinea Pig Wheel

Effects

Releases potent air pollutants

Downsides

Overexposure can cause permanent physiological damage

Activation

Spinning

Section

Out and About List

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OriginEdit

While researching toxicology and public health, Mary Amdur became particularly interested in air pollution. In 1948 the atmosphere of mill town Donora, Pennsylvania temporarily switched altitude temperatures and brought noxious fog down on the surface. Amdur wanted to prove that the major pollutants, sulfuric acid and sulfur dioxide, were not the main cause of the any later breathing difficulties.

She tested her theory be exposing her pet guinea pigs to a sulfuric spray, as they inhale deeper than other rodents. Although unhealthy, only extreme levels of gas would be lethal to humans. Many scientific and health committees were disturbed by the procedure she used. Amdur lost her tenure at Harvard but continued to publish her findings, later picking up positions at MIT and Mew York University.

EffectsEdit

Releases sulfurous compounds and other air pollutants when spun. More toxic than ordinary smog, it will prove permanently disabling when exposed to medium dosage.

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