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It is Possible for a Person’s Muscles and Other Connective Soft Tissues to Turn to Bone

It is Possible for a Person’s Muscles and Other Connective Soft Tissues to Turn to Bone

Daven Hiskey September 11, 2012 17

Today I found out it is possible for your muscles and other connective soft tissues to turn to bone. The condition is known as Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP) or “Stone Man Syndrome”. It affects

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What Causes Dew?

What Causes Dew?

Daven Hiskey June 21, 2012 2

Abi asks: What causes dew to form on grass and why does dew only form in the mornings? Actually, dew can form at any time; it just needs the right weather/temperature patterns to make

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You Can Survive Being Exposed to the Near Vacuum of Space for About 90 Seconds With No Longterm Damage

You Can Survive Being Exposed to the Near Vacuum of Space for About 90 Seconds With No Longterm Damage

Daven Hiskey June 16, 2012 6

Myth: The instant you’re exposed to the near vacuum of space, you’ll lose consciousness, your blood will start to boil, and you’ll explode. (Other variations on this myth include you freezing near instantly from

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Why Iodine is Added to Salt

Why Iodine is Added to Salt

Daven Hiskey June 11, 2012 11

Today I found out why iodine is added to salt. Iodine first began being added to salt commercially in the United States in 1924 by the Morton Salt Company at the request of the

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Sirius-A is the Brightest Extrasolar Star Visible to the Naked Eye from Earth

Sirius-A is the Brightest Extrasolar Star Visible to the Naked Eye from Earth

Daven Hiskey June 10, 2012 0

Sirius-A is the brightest extrasolar star visible to the naked eye from Earth, being almost twice as bright as the second brightest, Canopus.  Sirius-A and Sirius-B combine to form a binary system and appear

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Why Black Lights Make Things Glow

Why Black Lights Make Things Glow

Scott June 10, 2012 3

Today I found out why black lights make things glow. Black lights are not that different from any other type of light, whether incandescent, fluorescent, or just the age old candle flame. The difference

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Each Second About Four Million Metric Tons of Matter is Converted to Energy Within the Sun’s Core

Each Second About Four Million Metric Tons of Matter is Converted to Energy Within the Sun’s Core

Daven Hiskey May 27, 2012 0

Each second about four million metric tons of matter is converted to energy within the Sun’s core.  This gives the Sun a lifetime as a main sequence star of about 10 billion years with

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Reading in Dim Lighting Will Not Damage Your Eyes

Reading in Dim Lighting Will Not Damage Your Eyes

Daven Hiskey May 23, 2012 2

Myth: Reading in a dimly lit area will damage your eyesight. In fact, the only “damage” reading in a dimly lit setting will do, in comparison to reading in an ample lighted setting, is

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Redheads are Harder to Sedate Than Any Other Group

Redheads are Harder to Sedate Than Any Other Group

Daven Hiskey May 22, 2012 1

Redheads are harder to sedate than any other group. Using most common anesthetics, they require on average about 20% more anesthesia.  They also have a higher tolerance for pain than ‘normal’ people. This is

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The Sun is Brighter Than About 85% of the Rest of the Stars in the Milky Way

The Sun is Brighter Than About 85% of the Rest of the Stars in the Milky Way

Daven Hiskey May 18, 2012 0

Once regarded by astronomers as a small and relatively insignificant star, the Sun is now known to be brighter than about 85% of the stars in the Milky Way.  Contrary to popular belief, it

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Super Glue Adheres More Strongly if You Add a Little Water Before Applying It

Super Glue Adheres More Strongly if You Add a Little Water Before Applying It

Daven Hiskey May 16, 2012 1

You should know Super Glue adheres more strongly if you add a little water before applying it. Super Glue adheres nearly instantly when it comes in contact with the hydroxyl ions in water.  When

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10 Fascinating Human Body Facts: Part-3

10 Fascinating Human Body Facts: Part-3

Noreen May 16, 2012 1

Embed This Infographic[Source: Today I Found Out] Click Here for Part 1: 10 Interesting Things About The Human Body Click Here For Part 2: 10 Fascinating Facts About The Human Body

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How Things Become Petrified

How Things Become Petrified

Scott May 15, 2012 0

Today I found out how things become petrified, rather than just decaying normally. Petrifaction (also known as petrification) is a type of fossilization which leaves living organisms preserved as a type of stone. In

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Why Beans Give You Gas

Why Beans Give You Gas

Scott May 13, 2012 9

Today I found out why beans give you gas. Beans contain a sugar molecule called ‘Oligosaccharides’. These types of sugars cannot be digested by the stomach or small intestine. They get passed on to

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Why Does Hair Only Grow to a Certain Length?

Why Does Hair Only Grow to a Certain Length?

Daven Hiskey May 8, 2012 8

Jack B. asks:  Why does a person’s hair only grow a certain length and then stop, but then when you cut it, it will grow back to its maximum length? I very briefly mentioned

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Helicopters Won’t Just Drop Like a Rock if the Engine Dies, They are Actually Designed to Be Able to Land Safely This Way

Helicopters Won’t Just Drop Like a Rock if the Engine Dies, They are Actually Designed to Be Able to Land Safely This Way

Daven Hiskey May 6, 2012 14

Myth: Helicopters will drop like a rock when the engine shuts down. In fact, you have a better chance at surviving in a helicopter when the engine fails than you do in an airplane.

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If We Could Convert Matter Perfectly to Energy, a Typical Adult Male Would Produce an Explosion 80 Times More Powerful Than the Largest Nuclear Bomb Ever Detonated

If We Could Convert Matter Perfectly to Energy, a Typical Adult Male Would Produce an Explosion 80 Times More Powerful Than the Largest Nuclear Bomb Ever Detonated

Daven Hiskey May 3, 2012 7

Amazingly, if we were actually able to convert matter perfectly to energy with 1 kg of matter being completely annihilated, the energy produced from just that small amount of matter is about 42.95 mega

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How a Smoke Alarm Works

How a Smoke Alarm Works

Scott April 10, 2012 1

Today I found out how a smoke alarm works. At their core, smoke alarms are very simple devices that need only two functions: a way of detecting smoke and a way of alerting people

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