What causes heat deaths? The M3 steam engine has the answer

Why does heat kill? Because hot weather causes people to hyperventilate. Basically. Closer to home, a diagnosis of pre-hydration is better at easing symptoms. But really, nothing beats the heat reducer we now have…

What causes heat deaths? The M3 steam engine has the answer

Why does heat kill? Because hot weather causes people to hyperventilate. Basically.

Closer to home, a diagnosis of pre-hydration is better at easing symptoms. But really, nothing beats the heat reducer we now have in the shape of M3 steam jets.

Yes, just as air conditioners used to spew and shame us, now we can make nice and cool in their place. And because they are the topic of this world-first, an entirely brand new, independent study just determined that the M3 re-intensifies heat without sacrificing air quality.

As tranport passenger and M3 fan Paul Mason explains:

“The M3 steam-making process is centred on recirculating air, with the steam heating the air as it recirculates, adding extra resistance to the process by accelerating the heat that’s going through the tube. This therefore works at the same temperature as is normally achieved in transport – a mere five degrees over what would normally be achievable.”

Which means that using just the top five minutes of the day’s heat can be (literally) life-saving. And if you’re not into the M3’s general engineering lore, we can’t feel too bad, because it probably won’t look so hot next to an aeroplane engine. But in 10 minutes the cars will actually be steamier than when the sun was shining.

Sure, it seems a little petty to pay to make our cars extra cool, but if nothing else, we’ve now finally cleared up that fun question of why heat kills. So we can just avoid temperatures. With steam. Which is better than everything else.

[M3 Sports; Chartered Institution of Statistics]

This article originally appeared on The Conversation.

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