in 1840 an electric bell started ringing. 170 years later it’s still going, on the same battery.
The PhD is not the highest degree a person can receive. There is also a Doctor of Sciences (DSc/ScD) and Doctor of Letters (DLitt/LittD) which is normally awarded in Britain, Ireland, and the commonwealth nations though it is occasionally awarded in the United States. It is normally awarded for a substantial and sustained contribution to the art to which it applies – for example science and literature. Mark Twain was awarded a Doctor of Letters by Oxford University. Just to add to the confusion, there is also a PhB which is a bachelor of philosophy which is equal to a Masters degree despite its name.
Have you ever noticed that when you have a bowl of nuts, the bigger ones make their way to the top? This event actually has a scientific name: the Brazil Nut Effect. The term refers to the phenomenon in which the largest particles end up on the surface when a granular material containing a mixture of objects of different sizes is shaken.
You can turn a sphere inside out.
Best way to lose weight! The prevalence of obesity is lower in cannabis users than in nonusers.
Good news? Russian scientists have developed a new drug that prolongs drunkenness.
Sharks can be dangerous before they’re born. While examining a pregnant sand tiger shark, scientist Stewart Springer was once bitten by the shark’s embryo.
Frightening fact: Phobatrivaphobia is a fear of trivia about phobias.
19th century biologist Sir John Lubbock experimented on ants by getting them drunk. He discovered that sober ants would carry their drunken ant comrades back to their nest, if they were from the same colony – but they would throw drunk strangers into the ditch.
The first ‘successful’ head transplant was carried out in 1963 by Robert J. White of Cleveland, Ohio, who attached the head of one monkey to the body of another. The monkey survived for several days, during which it tried to bite the experimenters.