Category Archives: Fun Facts

How to Plug in Your Brain

You’re not gonna believe this one. What if you could boost your brain by recharging it with electricity?  According to the May 2016 issue of Smithsonian magazine, this could someday be a real possibility.  And some of the research is being done locally at Wright-Patterson AFB. The military application should be obvious.  For example, imagine

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Have We Found an Alien Civilization?

Earlier this month  I wrote about the best place to find alien civilizations, and how we might be able to hide from them.  Well, according to EarthSky News,  there is a potential candidate for a possible alien civilization. It seems the star KIC 8462852 has been exhibiting some strange behavior.  Its brightness has been varying,

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More We Can Learn From Dolphins

We all know dolphins are smart, right?   The latest research claims they love to talk about their problems.  As reported on the website New Scientist, dolphins have a special type of language they use to tackle problems together. According to the Dolphin Communication Project, a research and conservation organization  in Port St. Lucie, Florida, dolphins

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Why Do We Kiss?

I imagine we all take kissing for granted in our romantic lives, but according to a recent report in the February, 2016 issue of National Geographic magazine, kissing is a fairly recent development in human history.  This conclusion is based on a study from the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University and the University of Nevada,

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Happy Birthday to the Detective Story

One of my favorite authors in Edgar Allan Poe, not because I like horror, but because he wrote my favorite poem, “The Raven”.  So it caught my eye when I read that April 20, 1841, was considered the first appearance of the modern detective story, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” by…   Edgar Allan Poe.

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A Simple Way to Feed the World

If current trends continue, we will have at least two billion more mouths to feed by 2050.  That’s in addition to the almost 800 million people who are currently underfed worldwide.  How are we going to manage this without a global catastrophe? Actually, there is a simple way — eliminate food waste.  I’ve been seeing

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The Science of…Crying?

I remember teaching a high school English class on Friday afternoon.  Since it was Friday, they were allowed to pick and analyze songs on the Internet.  One girl selected a tearjerker entitled “Why Tears Fall.”   At the end of this discussion, one of the boys piped up, “I know why tears fall —  gravity!” Although

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The Flip Side — Hiding From Aliens

Recently I wrote about how the best place for finding alien life might be an exoplanet’s moon. But there is a flip side — what if we decide we don’t want alien life to find us?  Contacting us first means they assuredly have the more-advanced technology.  Maybe much more advanced.  Would they be friendly?  And

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How Do Fish Schools Synchronize Their Swimming?

Have you ever wondered how fish in a school synchronize their movements perfectly while swimming? According to the April-May 2016 issue of the Nature Conservancy Magazine (page 12), a 2013 study from biologist Iain Couzin’s labs at Princeton University and the Max Planck Institutes in Germany shows that schooling fish respond quickly to movements of

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