The United States Senate used the same gavel from 1789-1954, until then Vice President, Richard Nixon, broke it during a particularly heated debate on nuclear energy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gav…
The holes in honeycombs don't actually start out as hexagons. Bees create circular tubes staggered with one another. The heat formed by the activity of the bees softens the wax, which connects the gaps between the holes. Then the wax hardens into the the most energy efficient shape, the hexagon. discovermagazine.com/plan…
Over time diamond degrades to graphite as its atoms internally rearrange and relax to a lower energy state. However, at Earth's surface temperature, this process can take millions of years, which makes the phrase "diamonds are forever" a very good approximation to reality on a human time-scale. wtamu.edu/~cbaird/sq/2013…
To get around EU regulations banning Lightbulbs over 60W, two Germans began importing 75W and 100W filament bulbs as "Heatballs" and "small heating devices", as they are so inefficient 95 percent of their energy usage winds up as heat. uk.reuters.com/article/id…
Iceland has so much geothermal energy that it has hot water distribution systems straight to houses c40.org/case_studies/the-…
In 1978, 2,300 students tried to set a WR for the largest tug of war game. Instead, disaster ensued. The 2,000ft long braided nylon rope snapped, recoiling several thousand pounds of stored energy. Nearly 200 students lay wounded, 5 with severed fingertips, hundreds more faced 2nd degree burns. newspapers.com/clip/30819…
Some electrical producers store extra energy in giant rotating flywheels. energystorage.org/why-ene…
Termites are being researched as a possible renewable energy source as they can produce up to 2 litres of hydrogen from ingesting a single sheet of paper, making them one of the planet's most efficient bioreactors en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ter…
Embalming is entirely optional, and unembalmed remains do not pose a health risk. Embalming chemicals may pose more of a risk, and there is also a β€œwater cremation” (aquamation) that uses way less energy than traditional cremation. youtu.be/pWo2-LHwGMM
The Sun converts 4 million tons of matter into energy every second. That's the equivalent mass of 40 aircraft carriers and power output of 50 billion nuclear bombs each second. solar-center.stanford.edu…
Jeffrey Skilling - the CEO mastermind of the Enron scandal - is now a free man and plans to start another energy company with his former colleagues. cnbc.com/amp/2019/03/23/f…
Hunter Gatherers ate upwards of an average 3000 daily calories (kcal/day) because of the amount of energy the lifestyle required. escholarship.org/content/…
Today I learned of the primordial pouch: a skin flap on the stomach area of some cat breeds which appears regardless of weight; it helps to store energy when a cat goes a long period in between meals, and to protect vital organs when involved in fights. sepicat.com/primordial-po…
... That Jupiter Emits 2x The Energy It Receives From The Sun lasp.colorado.edu/outerpl…
Deep Sea Vents are the only ecosystem on Earth where life does not depend on sunlight for energy at all, but rather it depends on energy from the centre of the planet itself youtu.be/S_bK9Dbs1HU
Nikola Tesla, widely known as the inventor of the AC power system, also installed the first hydroelectric plant at Niagara Falls in 1896. It was around this time that Tesla also disavowed coal and oil in favor of renewable energy sources. genius.substack.com/p/gen…
In the movie Full Metal Jacket, the actor that played Gunnery Sergeant Hartman (R. Lee Ermey) came up with 150 pages of insults on his own. Also the actor that originally was playing the role couldn't yell more than 30 minutes, but when Ermey stepped in and took over, his energy never let up. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Dolphins and orcas (a type of dolphin) like to follow boats to catch a free ride because the wake created by the boat's engine creates a wave that they can 'surf' and use less energy to propel great distances. fortmyers-sanibel.com/vis…
There's a species of fungi in Chernobyl that literally feed on the radiation for energy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
New scavenger technology allows robots to 'eat' metal for energy. When electronics need their own power sources, there are two basic options: batteries and harvesters. techxplore.com/news/2020-…
In the 1920s there were plans to dry out huge parts of the Mediterranean Sea in order to generate hydroelectric energy and connect the people of Europe and Africa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atl…
The human body when resting still produces enough energy to power 10 light bulbs(10watt bulbs) and at maximum can produce up to 2000watts of energy large.stanford.edu/course…
An area in North Africa of 45 km Γ— 45 km could supply Germany with all of its electrical power through solar energy, an area of 110 km Γ— 110 km could power the European Union, and an area of 254 km Γ— 254 km could power the globe. solarconsultant.ca/how-mu…
The caloric energy in a donut is similar to the amount of caloric energy in a stick on dynamite. mcgill.ca/oss/article/nut…
The amount of energy required to launch a typically outfitted space shuttle (110 metric tons) from rest to an orbital velocity of 17,500mph would be sufficient to power the average American home for 41 years (in 2014). ntrs.nasa.gov/citations/2…
The human body emits light as an energy called biophotons (unrelated to visible bioluminescence). journals.plos.org/plosone…
Viruses are not alive because they do not have cells, they cannot turn food into energy, and without a host they are just inert packets of chemicals. Then I learned they are not exactly dead, either: They have genes, they reproduce, and they evolve through natural selection. discovermagazine.com/envi…
Caffeine doesn't give you energy. It boosts neurotransmitters such as dopamine that is known to affect concentration, while blocking adenosine receptors in the basal forebrain, are what typically signal the brain when it’s time to go to bed. tuftsjournal.tufts.edu/20…
Edgar Winter Invented the Keyboard Strap to Allow for his Multi-Instrument and High Energy Performances (1st evolution of the Key-tar or Gi-board according to Beck) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edg…
For every gram of TNT that explodes, by definition exactly 1 food calorie of energy is released en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TNT…
Plant albinism exists and because of the lack of chlorophyll on their leaves they have to suck energy from the roots of neighboring plants making them essentially - vampires nationalgeographic.org/ar…
Satellites in the 1960s used nuclear radiation for power by radioisotope thermoelectric generators. However, in 1964 such a satellite disintegrated and spread approx. 1 kg of radioactive plutonium-238 over the planet. This failure led NASA to develop solar PV energy technology. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sys…
Spiders do not sleep, instead they lower their metabolic rate during periods of inactivity to conserve energy. Nor do they blink. tepapa.govt.nz/discover-c…
Arizona, despite have triple-digit temperatures for six months of the year, is actually one of the most energy efficient States in the US; AZ ranks 45th out of 50 states for per-capita energy consumption (a combination of residential/commercial/industrial/transportation energy consumption). eia.gov/state/seds/data.p…
Physicist Freeman Dyson, who died in late February, was the first to propose advanced aliens would likely build "Dyson Spheres" around their home stars, which are giant shells that capture most of a star's energy to help power an entire interplanetary civilization. astronomy.com/magazine/20…
: As a result of the 1973 oil crisis, France started a large scale national civil nuclear plan. As a result France is the largest energy source of clean energy in EU with massive energy export to all neighbor countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuc…
There’s a rival to a black hole; a white hole! Except for sucking up energy it expels it back into the universe!! space.com/white-holes.htm…
Hummingbirds go into a form of hibernation almost every night called torpor. This puts their body into a state of hypothermia in order to save energy and keep them from dying throughout the night while they can't feed. blog.nationalgeographic.o…
The producers of Friends originally wanted Courtney Cox to play Rachel because of her "cheery, upbeat energy", which was not how they envisioned Monica. However, Cox insisted on auditioning for Monica because she liked the "strong" character and the producers agreed to give her the part. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
Today I learned about Alkaline hydrolysis (water cremation) where a body is heated in a mix of water and potassium hydroxide down to its chemical components, which are then disposed of through the sewer, or as a fertilizer. This method takes 1/4 of the energy of heat cremation with less resulting pollutants. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alk…
Sloths only poop once a week, and when they do they lose up to 1/5th of their body weight. Pooping for sloths is also responsible for 50% of their deaths, as being down on the ground is a vulnerable time for them. Overall, the entire trip to poop uses 8% of their daily energy needs. blog.nature.org/science/2…
The potato plant (which the potato underground stores energy for) produces poisonous fruits that look like small green tomatoes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pot…
Pink flamingos are more aggressive than white ones, as an healthy flamingo that is an efficient feeder, which is demonstrated by its colourful feathers will have more time and energy to be aggressive and dominant when feeding. independent.co.uk/news/sc…
Pineapples are actually in a proto-carnivorous plant family called bromeliads. Water trapped in their crowns supports thriving mini-ecosystems, whose residents and their droppings are absorbed for nutrients (not energy) through their leaves, as most plants can actually do. youtu.be/ut3EviqJei8?t=25…
Einstein’s theory of special relativity explains why a star can burn for billions of years without running out of fuel. If you can measure potential energy by multiplying mass by the speed of light squared, that means an average adult stores 30 large hydrogen bomb explosions worth of energy. iperceptive.com/works/sho…
George Miller, an M.D. at the time, was inspired to make Mad Max (1979) when he witnessed fights break out during a gas shortage in Australia. He assumed in the future nations would not implement infrastructure for renewable energy until it was too late and this could lead to a dystopia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad…
The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake that caused the deadliest tsunami on record released 550 million times more energy than the Hiroshima bomb, or enough energy to power the U.S. for 370 years. It was so powerful it altered the Earth’s rotation, shortening the length of the day by 2.68 microseconds scientificamerican.com/ar…
A study showed that people who drank 32 ounces of energy drinks in an hour had abnormal electrical activity in their hearts and higher blood pressure four hours later. About 30% of Americans ages 12 through 17 regularly consume energy drinks, linked to increased emergency room visits and death heart.org/en/news/2019/05…
There are microscopic living things in solid rock up to 7 km deep, called Endoliths. So little energy is available they undergo cell division once every 100 years, and some may only divide once every 10,000 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End…
The most powerful explosion in the universe (that has been witnessed by humans) occurred when a supermassive black hole in the Ophiuchus cluster flared up and released roughly 100 billion times more energy than the Sun will produce in it’s lifetime. nasa.gov/mission_pages/ch…

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