Largest Scientific Experiment

November 22nd, 2010 — 1:55am

The largest piece of scientific equipment is a 17 mile long, 9 billion particle accelerator built underground below France and Switzerland.

Source: Wikipedia: Large Hadron Collider

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Jack Lalanne

November 21st, 2010 — 1:52am

At the age of 70, fitness guru Jack LaLanne swam 1 1/2 miles across California’s Long Beach Harbor in handcuffs, towing 70 people in 70 rowboats behind him.

Long Beach Harbor

Source: HighBeam Journal

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Pull of the Moon

November 20th, 2010 — 1:19am

We all weigh slightly less when the moon is directly overhead. A 100 kg person would be about half a gram lighter due to the moon’s gravitational pull.

Source: The Naked Scientists

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Flying Spiders

November 15th, 2010 — 3:13am

Spiders can “fly” hundreds of miles at a time. By casting out a strand of silk and catching an air current, they can effortlessly travel long distances — albeit with little control over their destinations.

Source: How Spiders Fly Hundreds of Miles

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Perfect Pitch

November 15th, 2010 — 2:44am

Only one in 10,000 Westerners has perfect pitch (the ability to name any singularly played note without referring to others).

Source: Radiolab: Musical Language

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Marine Mammal Extinction

November 15th, 2010 — 2:22am

One third of all marine mammals are in danger of going extinct within the next 30 years according to the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).

Source: The Oil Spill’s Toxic Tradeoff

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Antarctic Extremes

November 15th, 2010 — 2:02am

Antarctica gets as cold as -112 degrees Fahrenheit. Ironically, it is also one of the easiest places to get sunburned.

Source: Wikipedia

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Flame Retardants

November 14th, 2010 — 8:09pm

Americans have 10-40 times higher concentrations of flame retardants (PBDEs) in their blood than Europeans.

Source: The Oil Spill’s Toxic Trade-Off

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Blue Whale Tongue

June 27th, 2010 — 1:33am

The tongue of an adult blue whale is large enough for 50 people to stand on.

Source: Discovery Education

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