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.
In space, no one can hear you cry. Because you can’t. Astronauts are unable to cry properly because there is no gravity and tears cannot flow properly as they would on Earth. It is possible to produce tears in space – but they would leave the eye and float around.
Saturn has such a low density that if placed in water it would float.