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A lack of sleep can lead to sugar cravings.
In 1997, 685 kids were rushed to hospital after an intense Pokemon episode. The episode caused dizziness, vomiting and seizures.
Facebook is blue because Mark Zuckerberg is red-green colour blind
The spots and colours you see when you rub your eyes are called "Phosphenes". They are a phenomenon characterised by seeing light without light actually entering the eye. The rubbing mechanically stimulates the cells of the retina causing this effect. Sometimes, these phosphenes can still be seen for moments after you open your eyes.
The total weight of all the ants on Earth is about the same as the weight of all the humans on earth. Ants also outnumber us a million to one! They also can lift weight twice their size! Technically, this means that if all the ants were in one place they could lift all seven billion humans...
Snakes can't blink.
Chainsaws were originally designed to deliver babies! The 18th Century prototype for the chainsaw was used as a surgical tool for dissecting limbs and symphysiotomy. Symphysiotomy is a surgical operation in which cartilage is cut out of the pubis in order to widen the pelvis and allow the baby to pass through.
Artificial Photosynthesis is real and all buildings may have it soon! Photosynthesis is the process through which plants convert sunlight & CO2 into oxygen & carbohydrates. There’s been a lot of research into how we can perform this process artificially. This would be great both in producing renewable energy and for reducing dangerous CO2 emissions. Artificial photosynthesis will also have a big impact in that it won’t compete with the food supply for land. The process could split sea water into Hydrogen and Oxygen.
Scientists have found a new body part! Belgian scientists recently discovered a new body part in the Knee. The newly discovered part is the knee’s anterolateral ligament. The body part was not entirely unknown, it had been speculated for years, as far back as 1879 but wasn’t found until this year (Nov, 2013)
The cry of a baby is specifically designed to be hard to ignore. Not only is a babies cry high pitched and incredibly loud, new research shows that the baby cry has evolved to trigger certain emotional parts of our brain that make it hard to ignore. This is why it’s hard not to notice crying babies in public spaces and why it’s so annoying. The cry is designed to make us more attentive and it primes our body to help whenever we hear it.
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