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…
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…
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…
Former member of Blink-182, Tom DeLonge, has signed a research agreement with the Army to study "inertial mass reduction, mechanical/structural meta materials, electromagnetic meta material wave guides, quantum physics, quantum communications, and beamed energy propulsion" armytimes.com/off-duty/mi…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Today I learned of the Wanggongchang explosion in 17th century China. It killed 20,000 people, released roughly the same amount of energy as the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, and contributed to the eventual fall of the Ming dynasty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wan…
Depression (low energy, social withdrawal, etc.) is believed to be an evolutionary response that was advantageous to many humans to reduce the likelihood of them catching contagious diseases theatlantic.com/health/ar…
Today I learned of Radiotrophic Fungus, originally found in Chernobyl, that utilize Melanin to turn Gamma radiation into Chemical Energy. Similar to how plants use Chlorophyll to turn sunlight into Energy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
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…
Most Western European countries categorize foods based on a score called Nutri-score, rated A to E. High content of fruits and vegetables, fibers, and protein promote a preferable score, while high content of energy, sugar, saturated fatty acids, and sodium promote a detrimental score. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nut…
While the brain represents just 2% of a person’s total body weight, it accounts for 20% of the body’s energy use; the bulk of a brain’s energy consumption is put toward sustaining alertness and monitoring the environment for important information time.com/5400025/does-thi…
'mana' is the spiritual life force energy or healing power that permeates the universe, in the culture of the Melanesians and Polynesians. Anyone or thing can have Mana. It is a cultivation or possession of energy and power, rather than being a source of power. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
Taurine which is a key ingredient in Red Bull, Monster, Rock Star, and other energy drinks, is an amino acid that humans and dogs can produce within their own bodies from other amino acid, but Cats cannot synthesize. Cats must get it from their diet, and it is required to remain healthy. vcahospitals.com/know-you…
While the universe is expanding our portion is not. Also the "dark" in dark matter and dark energy simply implies unknown. youtu.be/55pcpTjd3BY
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…
Microsoft sank a data centre to investigate if it could boost energy efficiency. It could sit on the sea floor for up to five years. bbc.co.uk/news/technology…
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…
Marathonist athletes in the early 1900s used brandy, glasses of bubbly, and strychnine (best known now as rat poison) and sometimes even heroin or cocaine to mask pain, increase aggressiveness, and/or give a quick energy boost during races! bet-ibc.com/champagne-and…
Oskar Saville, a former lead singer of 10,000 Maniacs after Natalie Merchant departed, is now a "transformational energy coach” with rates of $10,000 for 4 months worth of emails and text messages en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osk…
Feeling sick is part of the body's attempts to preserve energy for the immune system and make you act in a way that signals to nearby people that you need help inverse.com/mind-body/618…
Blue whales can eat half a million calories in a single mouthful. A monster single mouthful of food can contain 457,000 calories or 240 times as much energy as they burn when grabbing that mouthful. discovermagazine.com/plan…
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…
Today I learned of the Pelton Wheel, a more efficient water wheel, 1st used during the California Gold Rush. The wheel extracts energy from the impulse of moving water shooting into a split concave bucket, as opposed to water's dead weight like the traditional overshot water wheel. asce.org/project/pelton-i…
Today I learned about the Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab science kit, arguably the most dangerous toy, which included four small jars of uranium spectrum.ieee.org/tech-hi…
Various ideas such as radioactive cats and spiky landscapes have been proposed for the Department of Energy to deter future civilization from interfering with nuclear waste burial sites. vice.com/en_us/article/9a…
Scientists identified a vast underground ecosystem of billions of micro-organisms below the earth - twice the size of the Earth's oceans. Life was shown to survive far beneath the Earth's surface for long periods of time, without energy from the Sun. theguardian.com/science/2…
In 2008 footballer Mathieu Flamini co-founded GF Biochemicals, the first company in the world to mass produce Levulinic acid, a a chemical identified by the US Department of Energy as key to unlocking a greener world. The company has won a John Sime award for most innovative new technology. bbc.co.uk/news/business-3…
Today I learned about the ghost plant. Unlike most plants, it is white and does not contain chlorophyll. Instead of generating energy from sunlight, it is parasitic.Its hosts are certain fungi that are mycorrhizal with trees, meaning it ultimately gets its energy from photosynthetic trees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Sled dogs can run without getting tired because their bodies can directly burn fat and protein for energy whereas other animals need carbs to do so. youtube.com/watch?v=HDG4G…
"Enron Fraud", the largest bankruptcy reorganization in American history. The energy company's bankruptcy in 2001 after allegations of massive accounting fraud wiped out $78 billion in stock market value and led to the collapse of Arthur Andersen and the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enr…
California has mandated all new homes to be energy neutral which is the equivalent of LEED Zero Carbon certification. cpuc.ca.gov/ZNE/
There was a natural nuclear reactor in present-day Gabon that produced about 100kw of energy 2 billion years ago, running for thousands of years. This is the only known example of naturally occurring nuclear fission. inhabitat.com/the-oklo-re…
Tress are being genetically modified to grow faster and withstand frost in an effort to provide renewable energy. agbioforum.org/v13n4/v13n…
Peter Glasser was granted a patent in 1973 for converting solar energy to electricity in outer space and beaming them back to earth as microwave energy using a large antenna (up to one square km). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Today I learned of the German town Staufen, which is breaking apart because of a geothermal energy project. atlasobscura.com/places/s…
The inventor of the Erector Set also released an "Atomic Energy Laboratory" that included real uranium ore. One suggested activity was to play "hide and seek with the gamma ray source" by using the included Geiger counter to find a radioactive sample hidden in a room. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gil…
The ceremonial gavel of the US Senate, in use since at least 1789, was broken in 1954 during a heated debate on nuclear energy by VP Richard Nixon en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gav…
The total energy released through an average hurricane is equivalent to 200 times the electrical generating capacity of the entire world. pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article…
On July 13, 1978, a guy named Anatoli Bugorski leaned his head inside a proton accelerator while working at the Institute for High Energy Physics in Russia and miraculously survived. Anatoli suffered many physical impairments but ended up finishing his doctorate. discovermagazine.com/heal…
Camels can drink up too 40 gallons of water in one sitting and they do not in fact store water in thier humps, They store fat, which is used for energy when travelling long distances without food and water, they also have 3 eyelids and 2 sets of eyelashes to combat the sandy desert conditions. softschools.com/facts/ani…
The core of the sun has a energy density comparable to the heat produced by a compost pile en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun…
"empty" space is home to energy field fluctuations and thus is not truly empty en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vac…
Body fat has the exact same net calorific value (energy by volume) as gasoline, 9700 calories per liter. batteryuniversity.com/lea…
A material's melting point is the same as its freezing point. These are just different terms for the same thing, it just depends on whether energy is being removed from a substance (freezing) or if energy is being added to a substance (melting). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel…
The belief that "lactic acid" causes muscular "burn" while exercising is FALSE. It's actually "the breakdown of ATP for energy creates the release of hydrogen ions in the bloodstream" that causes the burn. trackandfieldnews.com/tra…
Billions of years before humans built their first nuclear power plants, 17 natural nuclear reactors were producing energy in Gabon blogs.scientificamerican.…
Koalas don’t actually get drunk or high from eating eucalyptus, that’s a myth. The leaves just take a long time to digest so they have less energy. cairnszoom.com.au/are-koa…
The Soviet Union had an internationally televised song contest. As few viewers had phones, they would turn their lights on if they liked a song and off if they didn’t. The power spikes were recorded by the state energy company and the reports sent to the station to pick the winner. thetrumpet.com/11953-what…
Today I learned about Manoj Bhargava, the creator of 5 hour energy, who in 2015 pledged to use 99% of his wealth (estimated to be 4 billion USD as of 2019), in aid of philanthropic causes. billionsinchange.com/
When flying in formation flight, induced drag is significantly reduces by 81% with up to 25 wings in a V-shaped formation. This is often seen in migratory birds which help them fly longer by saving energy. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d…
The ash from coal power plants contains uranium & thorium and carries 100 times more radiation into the surrounding environment than a nuclear power plant producing the same amount of energy. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Ice skates have been in use for over 5000 years and were invented by the Finns to conserve energy while hunting in the Finnish Lakeland during harsh winter conditions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
Today I learned about half of Thailand’s 349,000 monks are either overweight or obese. They rely solely on alms from the faithful and must consume what they are offered before noon each day. After midday, to keep their energy up, many rely on highly sweetened beverages, including energy drinks. nytimes.com/2018/08/12/wo…
Atala is the first realm of the underworld in Hinduism. When a man enters Atala, women serve him an intoxicating cannabis drink that induces sexual energy. Then, these women enjoy sexual play with the traveller, who feels 'stronger than ten thousand elephants and forgets impending death'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
The company that built the Titanic still exists, and as of 2011 it’s focus has shifted away from shipbuilding towards renewable energy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
The highest-energy particle (at time of measurement in 1991) had the energy equivalent of a baseball traveling at 58mph (94km/h). There's evidence it was a single proton. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oh-…
The earliest known sources of uranium were in Naples, Italy & JΓ‘chymov, Czech Republic. Uranium is 40 times more abundant in the Earth's crust than silver. 1 KG of uranium-235 can produce as much energy as 1.5 million KG of coal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ura…
It was not only the accident at Three Mile Island that marked the decline of nuclear energy in the US, but also a movie that was released 12 days before the Three Mile Island accident. youtu.be/K9AGx2q_F_0?t=28…
"Cloudbusting" was a term coined by psychoanalyst wilhelm reich to describe manipulation of "orgone energy" to change the weather, through a specially designed machine. The term was later used as the subject and title of Katie Bush's single 1985 single, Cloudbusting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clo…
A radioactive energy drink called "Radithor" was sold in the US market for a decade in the 1920s. Radium 226 and 228 isotopes we’re used, and the expensive product claimed to cure impotence, among other ills. Some of the more prominent users had to be buried in lead coffins. theconversation.com/when-…
Nerve cells can't reproduce (like for example skin cells) because their structure is too complicated and they use too much energy to serve their tasks to perform MITOSIS like other cells scienceline.ucsb.edu/getk…
The Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant, "Chernobyl's twin sister", was switched off in 2009 as part as an agreement with the EU towards Lithuania's admission into the union. As a result, Lithuania lost 70% of their energy supply. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ign…
The largest piece recovered of the 2013 Chelyabinsk Meteor weighed around 650kg, and punched a 7 metre-wide hole in ice 70cm thick. Before impact the meteor was 20m wide, travelled at 12 miles PER SECOND and exploded with the energy of around 500 kilotonnes of TNT. It big. theguardian.com/science/2…
During WWII, Russian soldiers took β€œheat pills” that kept them warm in the winter; however, they would also lose weight despite eating well. 2,4-dinitrophenol spikes metabolic rate as potential energy is lost as heatβ€”it is banned as a weight loss aid (U.S.) as overdose can cook people to death. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The per capita energy consumption in the United States is more than twice the consumption of someone in the United Kingdom data.worldbank.org/indica…
The amount of solar energy reaching the surface of Earth is so vast that in one year it is about twice as much as will ever be obtained from all of the Earth's non-renewable resources of coal, oil, natural gas, and mined uranium combined en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol…
Parrots that eat poppy flowers get instant energy similar to the effect of tea or coffee for a human. Wild parrots feeding on poppies are destroying poppy crops in Madhya Pradesh, India. Opium specialist Dr. RS Chundawat said that once the birds feel the energy, they quickly become addicted. bbc.com/news/world-asia-i…
Infrared is called that because it has less energy than the color red which is one side of the visible spectrum and ultraviolet is called that because it has higher energy than violet which is on the other side of the spectrum science.nasa.gov/ems/09_v…
The USAF and later Atomic Energy Commission tried to develop a nuclear propulsion system for aircrafts between 1946 and 1961 at a total cost of about $1 billion. Two of assemblies, consisting of a reactor and two modified turbojets each, is on display at Idaho National Laboratory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
Red Bull is based on the formula for a popular Thai energy drink (Krating Daeng). The formula was modified slightly and carbonated for Western palates, but the original is produced by a separate company and still remains widely available in Southeast Asia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kra…
In 2014, the makers of Red Bull were sued by a man who found their slogan β€œRed Bull gives you wings” dishonest, as the drink has less caffeine than a regular cup of coffee, meaning it provided less of an energy boost. They had to reimburse American consumers who bought Red Bull from 2002-2014. bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/articl…
The collision that formed the Moon added rotational energy to Earth, making a day about 5 hours long. Tidal interactions with the Moon and Sun have since slowed Earth's spin enough that we now have a 24-hour day. And they're still slowing Earth’s spin by about 2 milliseconds every 100 years. astronomy.com/magazine/as…
Radiotrophic fungi are fungi which appear to perform radiosynthesis. The fungi uses the pigment melanin to convert gamma radiation into chemical energy for growth. wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiot…
There was a radioactive energy drink called Radithor on the US market between 1918-1928. One prominent user was buried in a lead coffin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
A startup plans to store energy by lifting huge weights up a disused mine shaft when electricity is cheap, dropping them down to generate power when it's expensive. Using a 12,000-tonne weight (roughly the weight of the Eiffel tower), it should be half as expensive as equivalent Li-ion battery theguardian.com/environme…
Lightning is a source of fixed nitrogen, and thus nitrate. Nitrogen in the atmosphere is highly stable and nonreactive due to the triple bond between atoms in the N2 molecule. Lightning produces enough energy and heat to break this bond allowing nitrogen atoms to react with oxygen, forming NOx. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nit…
Remoras' front dorsal fins have evolved to enable them to adhere by suction to the smooth surfaces of a host animal such as whale, turtle, shark or ray. Remoras get a free ride and protection, thus saving them valuable energy.The remora is doing its host a huge service by hoovering up parasites. sharktourshawaii.com/blog…
There are 4 animals who use sunlight as energy: the eastern emerald elysia (a sea slug), the mint-sauce worm, the oriental hornet, and the embryos of the spotted salamander. owlcation.com/stem/Animal…
Today I learned about Movile Cave, a cave that was cut off from the outside world for ~5.5 million years. There are sulfuric vents in the cave and all organisms within rely on chemosynthetic bacteria that use sulfur as an energy source. >50 species live there, 35 of which are endemic(they only exist there). gesslab.org/movile-cave
The brain accounts for only 2% of your total body weight, but is is responsible for 20% of your energy use on average. time.com/5400025/does-thi…
There exist fungus that can digest gamma rays using melanin, the protein found in our skin, and turn it into energy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
In the event of a Nuclear War growing seasons would be virtually eliminated for many years and even humans living in shelters equipped with many years worth of food, water, energy, and medical supplies would probably not survive in the hostile post-war environment. nucleardarkness.org/warco…
The single human body organ that requires the most energy is not the brain, but the liver. researchgate.net/profile/…
Today I learned about this wild plasma railgun the US Air Force created in 1990 that can fire a plasma toroid at 10,000 km/s ( 3.3% the speed of light ) and each shot carries the energy of 5 pounds of TNT exploding which exploded with devastating thermal and mechanical effects while scrambling target circuitry osti.gov/biblio/7369133
Radiotrophic fungi were discovered in 1991 growing inside and around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in an environment in which the radiation level was 500x higher than in the normal environment. The fungi converts gamma radiation into chemical energy for growth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
The Department of Energy will warn future humans 10,000 years from now about the presence of buried nuclear waste in New Mexico with 32 25-foot granite pillars. The pillars will be engraved with pictograms and warnings in many languages, along with buried magnets and radar reflectors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was…
We still don't know why female humans originally evolved permanently enlarged breasts after puberty. Theories include: giving babies something to cling to; & acting as an energy reserve, like camel’s humps. discovermagazine.com/plan…
That, if nobody was overweight, we could support 111 million more people without increasing energy production bmcpublichealth.biomedcen…
In 1991 the Department of Energy commissioned futurists to deal with nuclear waste and they imagined a society led by women where previous scientific discoveries were deemed inferior on the grounds of obvious male biases. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Ants will refuse β€œmedical” help from their colony if they know they are mortally wounded. Rather than waste the colony’s resources and energy on futile rehabilitation, the wounded ant flails its legs, forcing help to abandon them. news.nationalgeographic.c…
A 24-year-old man took part in a "Hands on a Hard Body" contest in 2005 to win a Nissan Pickup by keeping a hand on the truck. In the third day, after consuming as many as 6 energy drinks, he took his hand off the truck, went to K-Mart across the street, stole a gun and ammo, and shot himself. kltv.com/story/3856620/lo…
Scientists have found a way to make a mini dam. They can harvest the mechanical energy from the falling rain, and they convert it into electrical energy. phys.org/news/2008-01-pow…
At the subatomic level, space is never truly empty. It is filled with a writhing, active population of "Virtual Particles" that pop in and out of existence. Physicists call this β€œquantum foam”. Physicists theorize fluctuations from this field of energy may have given rise to the Universe. pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article…
Today I learned about RadiThor, an energy drink sold in the 1920s, claimed it provided energy and cured a host of ailments, including impotence. It was simply radium dissolved in water, slowly killing its customers. theconversation.com/when-…
Portland has started generating clean energy by replacing some water pipes with pipes that contain turbines. The turbines generate electricity from water that is already flowing under the city. The pipes are expected to generate $2,000,000 worth of renewable energy capacity over 20 years. money.good.is/articles/po…
Today I learned that there is a phenomenon called sexual size dimorphism which causes female Blanket Octopuses to outgrow males. Females can be up to 6 feet long whereas males are size of a walnut. Some scientists think its because males spend more energy in looking for females than growing. nationalgeographic.com/an…
In 2016, R&B singer Lauryn Hill was over two hours late to a concert in Atlanta because she needed to "align her energies." Given the concert venue's strict 11 PM curfew, she ended up performing for less than 40 minutes. theguardian.com/music/201…

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