A Cambridge gerontologist believes that if technology continues to advance at it’s current rate, the first person who will live to 1000 years old is alive today.
A Brisbane golf course became infested with sharks after a river broke its banks and flooded the area. The sharks became stranded when the water receded, but now are thriving and even breeding.
There is a star 50 light-years from earth in the constellation Centaurus (BPM 37093) that is pure crystallized carbon, which means it is a diamond that weighs 10 billion trillion trillion carats. Written out that would be 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 carats.
The Mall of America in Minnesota does not have central heating. Instead, it is heated by solar windows, store electronics, and body heat from shoppers.
Andre Geim won the satirical Ig Nobel Prize in 2000 for his work on using magnetism to levitate a frog. 10 years later, his experiments regarding graphene won him the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics. This makes him the only ever recipient of both the Ig Nobel and Nobel Prizes.
The Google driverless car has only encountered two accidents. The first it was rear ended at a stop sign, and the second was when a human was behind the wheel.
During photosynthesis, plants emit light humans can’t see, but NASA can see that light from space—and they’ve made maps.
When 14-year-old George Stinney was executed in the electric chair he was too short for the chair so he used his Bible as a booster seat. He was accused of killing two white girls in a rural part of a South Carolina mill town. He actually participated in the town’s search party for the girls, but he made the fatal mistake of telling people that he had seen the girls on the day they died. One day later, he was arrested and his family was forced to leave the town. His father was fired from his job at the mill, and his siblings were told that they would be lynched if they didn’t leave immediately.
Just a child, trying to help, and it cost him his life and almost the lives of his family.
A third of the human population sneezes when they look at the sun. Light can signal the ocular nerve near the sinuses and triggers a sneeze.