The Italian city of Naples is entering pet dogs’ DNA into a city-wide registry. Samples from piles of poo left on the street will then be entered into the database and be used to identify the irresponsible owner behind the mess. The city will fine culprits around $685.
Flicker fusion rate explains why time is perceived differently among different creatures. This is why it’s so hard to kill flies; time is perceived 600% slower for them.
F1 driver Ayrton Senna once claimed he crashed because a wall moved. A team engineer humored him and checked the location of the crash and discovered Senna was telling the truth. Tire marks showed that someone had hit the wall block, causing it to tilt and protrude enough for Senna to hit it.
Constant interruptions from your smartphone can change your brain’s chemistry to make you feel anxious and distracted. Notifications can trigger the release of a hormone called cortisol. This tenses muscles, increases heart rate and causes palms to become sweaty.
Kay Antonelli‘s official civil service title, as printed on her employment documentation, was “computer”. During her work as a computer, she invented the subroutine (a sequence of computer instructions which can be used repeatedly). Today, the subroutine is essential programming for all.
F1 driver Kimi “Iceman” Räikkönen once had his car break down during the Monaco Grand Prix. After this, live TV showed him walking along the sidewalks with helmet still on, straight to the harbour, where he climbed aboard his yacht.
A Japanese company sold Adult Milk – for adults living in a stressful society. The milk cost ¥5000 ($47) per bottle, and was taken from cows once a week at the break of dawn, as they discharge a lot of melatonin, a stress-relieving hormone. It contained 3-4 times more melatonin than regular milk
Robocop’s suit was so cumbersome, it would not fit into his police car. Every time you see Robocop driving, he doesn’t have his Robo pants on.
There is a valley in Antarctica called the ‘Dry Valleys’ which scientists consider to be the closest of any terrestrial environment to Mars, and which hasn’t received any rain in almost 2 million years.