The rarest naturally occuring element on Earth, astatine, is so rare that there is only 28 grams of it on Earth at any given time. It is difficult to study, as most of its isotopes have a half-life of 1 second or less. Its appearance is not known with certainty. ataridogdaze.com/science/…
Despite "Khe Sanh" being one of the most notable songs in Australian history, the Battle of Khe Sanh was actually fought by US Marines with elements of the South Vietnamese ARVN; Australian forces only provided close air support. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khe…
While there are multiple elements named after coutries (Americium, Francium, Germanium, Polonium.. ) there is only one country named after an element. 'Argentina' is derived from 'Argentum' the latin name for Silver. The symbol for Silver is Ag. worldatlas.com/articles/w…
A significant portion of the computer science community once believed Douglas Engelbart was "a crackpot." But, then, on 12/9/1968, he demonstrated to critics and world most all the fundamental elements of modern computing. When finished, they described him as "dealing lightning with both hands." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 2006 50 Cent was sued by Luther Campbell's manager for plagiarizing the lines "It's your birthday" in the song "In da Club". However, the lawsuit was dismissed because the phrase was ruled a "common, unoriginal and noncopyrightable element of the song". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_…
If funding remained at 1969 Apollo mission levels, NASA planned to develop such elements as a lunar orbit station in 1978, a lunar surface base in 1980, and a manned mission to Mars in 1981 or 1983 thespacereview.com/articl…
Tree shrews in Borneo use pitcher plants as their toilet. The tree shrews feed on the nectar on the leaves and deposit their feces into the pitcher plants, which the pitcher plants use as a source of nitrogen; an element they wouldn't acquire easily without the shrews. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Our entire existence is because of the precise mass difference between neutrons and protons, with the former being unstable as a result, which causes it to either decay into protons, bind with electrons and create Hydrogen or bind with already existing protons and create other elements. cosmosmagazine.com/physic…
Solar pores are small premature sunspots visible through larger aperture telescopes, representing intermediate sizes (about 1000 km). A pore usually decomposes into individual magnetic elements within a few hours and in some cases grows by the accumulation of the surrounding magnetic elements stce.be/news/431/welcome.…
Only 24.5 grams (0.86 ounce) of the element Francium occur at any time in the entire crust of Earth. britannica.com/science/fr…
Today I learned of the chemical element Moscovium (Element 115), which is an extremely radioactive element that was first synthesized in 2003 by a team of Russian and American Scientists. Many years prior, in the 1980's, it was touted in UFO culture as a gravity wave generator that allowed for space propulsion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
Today I learned of the Cradle to Cradle system of design, where all elements used in production can either be returned to their natural environment, or reused continuously, in an essentially waste-free system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
The concept of private property was unknown to ancient Hawaiians. Instead they had "ahupua'a", a belief system that connected spirituality into the natural landscape. It emphasized the interrelationship of elements and beings and honored them in the activities of daily and seasonal life. hawaiihistory.org/index.c…
Today I learned about a little town called Ytterby in Sweden, has 4 elements in the Periodic table named after this one single town - yttrium(Y), erbium(Er), terbium(Tb) and ytterbium(Yb). In addition 4 other elements (Sc, Ho, Tm, Gd) too can be trace their discovery back to this quarry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ytt…
Four elements on the periodic table are named for a small mining town called Ytterby Sweden. Ytterbium Yb, Yttrium Y, Terbium Tm and Erbium Er, discovered 1794 to 1878. Discovery of the mineral gadolinite, also lead to the discovery of Scandium Sc, Holmium Ho, Thulium Tm and Gadolinium Gd. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ytt…
The Royal Society of Chemistry in 2013 calculated that buying the elements required to build Benedict Cumberbatch would cost Β£96,546.79 ($132472.72). penguin.co.nz/books/the-b…
Today I learned about Lepersonnite, an extremely rare rare earth mineral only found in Shinkolobwe deposit in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is the only mineral in which the chemical element Gadolinium, otherwise too reactive to exist, is found in nature. 400 tonnes of Gadolinium are produced yearly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lep…
Billboard removed Old Town Road from their country charts because it did not β€œembrace enough elements of today’s country music.” Lil Nas X reached out to Billy Ray Cyrus who later said β€œit’s honest, humble, and has an infectious hook and a banjo. What the hell more do ya need?” people.com/country/billy-…
The Chemical Elements That Make a Human Body is Worth Roughly About $160 datagenetics.com/blog/apr…
One difference between Earth and Mars is that the latter's atmosphere has a lower escape velocity, i.e. molecules can escape it more easily. Earth loses 3 kg/s of hydrogen, 50 g/s of helium, and only traces of other elements. By comparison, Mars loses over 1000 g/s of both oxygen and hydrogen faculty.washington.edu/dc…
Helium is the only element on the periodic table that was not discovered on the earth. It was found when analyzing the sun’s spectrum, hence its name which comes from the Greek god of the sun Helios. education.jlab.org/itsele…
A science kit called Atomic Energy Lab which included samples of radioactive elements was sold as a kids toy in 1950 thebulletin.org/virtual-t…
Despite being one of the most fundamental elements on our planet, hydrogen is not available on earth but needs to be separated from water using electrolysis. This is a high energy process hydrogeneurope.eu/hydroge…
In classical times, people once believed in a fifth element called the "Aether", which was what existed out in space and explained concepts like gravity and light. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aet…
Rubies and sapphires are the same mineral, Corundum (crystalline Aluminum Oxide) with their colour depending on what trace elements are present en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
In the winter, when it's too cold for the male bees to do their only job (mate) the lady bees kick them out of the hive, where they quickly die in the elements. beeinformed.org/2013/11/0…
In the 1700s, pills made out of the element antimony were taken orally as a laxative for constipated bowels. Once they passed through, they were retrieved from the excrement to be used again. Some families passed down the same pill from one generation to the next. slate.com/articles/health…
Michael Jackson composed songs despite not playing any instruments. He would build each element of a track with his voice, so pitch perfect that studio musicians could match chords to his singing. nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/t…
Alchemist Hennig Brand is thought to have used upwards of 1500 gallons of human urine in his quest to make gold. After he evaporated, boiled and distilled it multiple times, it started to glow in the dark and burst into flames. He had instead discovered the element phosphorus. gizmodo.com/how-one-man-s…
Nihonium (Japan) has the shortest life among the elements named after countries. It decays and disappears in only 2 milliseconds while spreading radiation around. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nih…
Today I learned about The Radium Craze. At the beginning of 20th century, radium was a miracle element, it was used in products from toothpaste to soap, hair and face creams, in food such as butter and milk. Doctors recommended it for the treatment of everything from arthritis to impotence to senility. thehistoryvault.co.uk/the…
Today I learned about computational trinitarianism, the idea that a proof of a proposition (in logic), a program with output of some type (in type theory and computer science), and a generalized element of an object (in category theory) are all equivalent. ncatlab.org/nlab/show/com…
Many higher end, larger camera lenses are white instead of black due to issues caused by temperature fluctuations. As a lens heats in sunlight, it expands, affecting focus of the glass elements. This is particularly problematic for larger lenses. The white color helps reflect light/heat. petapixel.com/2016/02/19/…
The element Cobalt gets its name from a trickster goblin of German folklore, the kobold, because when medieval miners discovered it and tried to smelt it thinking it was silver, it released toxic gasses they believed to be the goblin playing a trick on them. etymologynerd.com/blog/a-…
Heraclitus of Ephesus appreciation for wordplay and oracular expressions, as well as paradoxical elements in his philosophy, earned him the epithet "The Obscure" from antiquity. He wrote a single work, On Nature, only fragments of which have survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
Kix cereal ran a promotion where they intentionally included the highly radioactive element polonium inside an enclosed toy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kix…
Today I learned about eggcorns, which are words or phrases that results from a mishearing or misinterpretation of another, an element of the original being substituted for one that sounds very similar or identical (e.g. tow the line instead of toe the line ). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egg…
Today I learned about Pato, Argentina's national sport. A game played on horseback, combining elements from polo and basketball, where (originally) a live duck was used instead of a ball, hence the name of the sport. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
The letter J is the only letter not on the periodic table of elements. The reasoning behind this is most likely due to the letter J being the 4th least frequently used word in English, as well as not being used at all in the Latin language. generalknowledgefacts.com…
Covered bridges are designed with roofs to protect and preserve the wooden structure from the elements. Uncovered wooden bridges typically have a lifespan of only 20 years because of the effects of rain and sun, but a covered bridge could last 100 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cov…
Today I learned about Yola, a language that developed from Middle English and was spoken in Wexford (Ireland). It went extinct in the 19th century and contained elements from Norman French, Welsh and Flemish. youtube.com/watch?v=RFl9p…
Americium, a chemical element, was originally named Pandemonium due to the difficulty in discovery and because Pandemonium meant Hell (the word is of Greek origin and the capital of Hell in Milton's Paradise Lost). Today, Americium's most common use is in smoke detectors which detect fire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
The Yuri Oganessian is the only living person to have an element named after him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yur…
The chemical element Berkelium is named after the University of California, Berkeley, which is named after the city of Berkeley, which is named after the philosopher George Berkeley, who, ironically, believed that the physical world does not actually exist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Oganesson, with an atomic number of 118, is one of two elements named after a person alive at the time of their discovery, and the only one named after a person currently alive en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oga…
The characterization of Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars saga as an ambitious and ruthless politician dismantling a democratic republic to achieve supreme power is in part inspired by Julius Caesar, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Adolf Hitler. Other elements of the character come from Richard Nixon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
There is a literary magazine titled "Taco Bell Quarterly" dedicated to writing about "any and all elements of Taco Bell." tacobellquarterly.org/
Then-morning show host David Letterman was set to host the late night portion of NBC's American TV coverage of the 1980 Moscow Olympics as it wanted to "throw some entertainment elements" in. He never got the chance to as it was canceled due to the US-led boycott of the Soviet Union. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The isotop bismuth-209 has the longest half life of anny element. Its half life is 20 000 000 000 000 000 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bis…
When you were born, you had 300 bones. Now you have 206. The human skeleton begins to develop 13 to 16 weeks after conception. At birth, a human has about 300 bones and cartilage elements, and many bones that will eventually fuse together are still separate, although joined by tough membranes. bendbulletin.com/lifestyl…

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