Category Archives: Fun Facts

The Weirdness of the Sea

We all know there are many strange natural wonders.   I’ve just run across an article, “5 Weird Ocean Phenomena” ( https://earthsky.org/earth/weird-ocean-phenomena-st-elmos-fire-fog-tsunami-waterspout), that lists some of the waterborne variety you may never have heard of. 1. St. Elmo’s Fire — When a sharp object, like a ship’s mast, contacts a very high electrical field, as in

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Can a Font Improve Your Memory?

We’re all looking to improve our memories, especially as we age.  What if I told you the letters you read could actually help? Researchers at Australia’s Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology have developed a new font (an assortment or set of type) designed “using the principles of cognitive psychology” to help you better remember.  This

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How Long Will You Live?

Nobody knows how long they will live, right? And yet — the U.S. Small-Area Life Expectancy Estimates Project thinks it can give you a pretty good idea.  Go to the website https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/interactives/whereyouliveaffectshowlongyoulive.html?, type in your address, and you will receive a life expectancy, plus a comparison with your area, your state, and the entire nation.  It’s

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How To Be Immortal

It’s a natural instinct to live as long as possible.  But to become immortal? Technology may be giving us a way.  Suppose your great grandson wanted your advice ten years after your death.  He wouldn’t be able to talk to you directly, of course, but what if you had a digital avatar programmed with all

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Would You Like a Third Arm?

Have you ever wished for a third arm?  How much easier would that make your life? Believe it or not, technology is advancing to give you that wish.  Researchers in Japan recently announced they have built a device that will allow people to perform a second task with a robot arm.  The wearer of the

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Making a Better World, One Brain At a Time

There is a shortage of brains. No, this has nothing to do with politics.  It’s about medical research. Neuroscientists require all kinds of brain tissue to study diseases that affect at least 15 percent of people around the world.  I’m sure you’re well-versed with the concept of organ donation.  Unfortunately, simply filling out an organ-donor

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