After losing her position in her university's anatomy department in 1938, Rita Levi-Montalcini set up a laboratory in her bedroom and studied the growth of nerve fibers in chicken embryos. This work led to her discovery of nerve growth factor, for which she was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1986. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rit…
A 3000 mile long fiber-optic cable called Project Express was installed between London & New York in 2012. At a cost of $300 Million, the line was designed to shave 5 milliseconds from financial trades between the two cities. bloomberg.com/news/articl…
A high-fiber diet can affect the digestive system and make race/training uncomfortable for runners. runnersconnect.net/fiber-…
When you eat fruit with its inherent fiber (aka eating the whole fruit) up to 30% of the sugar will be eaten by the microbes in your gut before it can be absorbed. sugarscience.ucsf.edu/sug…
Thomas Edison tested over 1,600 different materials to find the right filament for the inside of his lightbulbs including coconut fiber, fishing line, and hair, Edison and his team eventually figured out that carbonized bamboo was the best material for the job. definingcreativity.com/th…
Fabric softeners work by electrically charging the fibers of a fabric en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fab…
Adam's apple is actually caused by the bulging of a set of cartilage plates that are held together by tissues and muscle fibers, which protects vocal cords. Women have them, too, but the bulge is more prominent in men for two reasons: testosterone causes the larynx to grow rapidly during puberty oprah.com/health/debunkin…
One out of every 200 people have an extra rib, known as the cervical rib. The rib forms above the base of the neck, into a fully-formed bony rib, or a thin strand of tissue fibers that in some cases doesn’t even show up on an x-ray. flushinghospital.org/news…
In April 2008, Comcast sued the Chattanooga Electric Power Board (EPB) to prevent it from building a fiber network to serve residents who were getting slow speeds from the incumbent cable provider, and lost. After EPB launched in 2009, Comcast and AT&T finally started upgrading their services. arstechnica.com/informati…
The Japanese Company Spiber Inc. has managed to produce synthetic protein-based fibers similar to spider silk for use in textiles and other materials. fiberjournal.com/a-strang…
Today I learned of "Zen," a perfume that incorporated the scent of a rose carried onboard the NASA shuttle Discovery. Scent molecules from the rose were collected by astronauts using a tiny silicon fiber. Following the 10 day mission, the samples were analyzed by fragrance researchers and used to create Zen. nasa.gov/audience/forstud…
Jeans were originally dyed blue with a natural indigo dye, which was chosen for the way it interacted with cotton. When heated, most dyes penetrate cotton fibers but indigo dye attaches to the fibers' surface. Some of the molecules escape over time, giving jeans the signature faded look. businessinsider.com/why-j…
Stephanie Kwolek the inventor of Kevlar was working on finding a new, lightweight substitute for steel belting in automobile tires, on fears of a looming oil shortage and in anticipation of a market for lighter tires. What resulted was a new fiber five times stronger than steel by weight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Belly button lint forms because your hairs point toward your navel, and breathing causes your shirt to move up and down, transporting loose clothing fibers forward along those hairs, but not backward. nature.com/articles/s4159…
Corn Silk, the fibers that grow on corn flowers, are each linked to a single kernel. A full corn means every fiber was pollinized. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
Individuals who get "chills" from music have differently wired brains than those who don't- more nerve fibers connect their auditory cortex (the part of the brain that processes sound) to their anterior insular cortex (the region involved in processing feelings). smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Eating too much spinach can lead to an excessive build-up of gas, bloating, and cramps. The culprit is the fact that spinach is high in fiber and has lots of oxalate, which can be harmful in large amounts. cookist.com/9-side-effect…
The September 11 terror attacks on the WTC released a dust cloud of toxic asbestos fibers across Manhattan, with an estimated 410,000 people exposed. It is believed lung cancer and mesothelioma cases in the city will reach a peak in the year 2041 (four decades after 9/11) asbestos.com/world-trade-…
In 2013 multiple gunmen shot up power transformers in Northern California and cut fiber optic cables, causing over $15 million in damage and outages. The gunmen were never caught. theatlantic.com/technolog…
Coca-Cola Plus in Japan has five grams of indigestible dextrin, a source of dietary fiber that is known to work as a laxative. The Coca-Cola company advertises that it suppresses fat absorption from your meal. youtu.be/btkm-8DMQQU
Getting goosebumps from music is a rare condition that actually implies different brain structure. People who experience goosebumps from music have more fibers connecting their auditory cortex and areas associated with emotional processing, meaning the two areas can communicate better. academic.oup.com/scan/art…
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…
That, in 2009, the National Academy of Sciences found only DNA analysis could rigorously and consistently match evidence to a single person/source with high confidence. Other methods, especially pattern matching (fingerprints, handwriting, bite marks, footprints, hair, fibers, etc.), could not. ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/g…
NASA classified the emergence of fiber-optic applications, used in cameras. Since the fiber wasn't externally visible, people without clearance could still use them, but only if they were being constantly monitored. history.nasa.gov/alsj/MSC…
Experiments found that the colors of light reflected on crops while growing can affect their products: tomatoes grown over red mulch had 20% higher yield, carrots grown over yellow mulch had higher concentrations of beta carotene, "far-red" light increased the lengths of cotton fibers, and more. agresearchmag.ars.usda.go…
Today I learned of the Jelly bean rule, a rule put forth by the FDA saying that companies can't claim their food to be healthy simply because it's low in fat, cholesterol, and sodium, and must contain at least 10% of Daily Values of nutrients like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, calcium, protein, fiber, or iron. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jel…
Whole grains contain the entire grain kernel ― the bran, germ, and endosperm. Refined grains have been milled, a process that removes the bran and germ. This is done to give grains a finer texture and improve their shelf life, but it also removes dietary fiber, iron, and many B vitamins. diet.mayoclinic.org/diet/…
Star Destroyer models were illuminated by 100,000 hand wired strands of fiber optics in the original Star Wars trilogy. For the Super Star Destroyer, they switched to brass etching by hand to increase the number to 250,000. youtu.be/85MK2GDkoxo?t=16…
The September 11 terror attacks on the WTC released a dust cloud of toxic asbestos fibers across Manhattan. An estimated 410,000 people have been exposed. It is believed lung cancer and mesothelioma cases in the city will reach a peak in the year 2041 (four decades after 9/11) asbestos.com/world-trade-…
Orange peels are rich in several nutrients, including fiber, vitamin C, and plant compounds like polyphenols. In fact, just 1 tbsp (6g) of orange peel provides 14% of the Daily Value of vitamin C β€” nearly 3 times more than the inner fruit. The same serving also packs about 4x more fiber healthline.com/nutrition/…
N95 masks work like spider webs by using inter-molecular forces and electrostatic attraction to stick particles to the fibers. youtube.com/watch?v=eAdan…
Everyone is actually blind in one part of their vision, and you can easily see this in action right now with a simple test. The cause is nerve fibers blocking the retina, and your brain just fills in this spot with surrounding images, so you don't normally notice it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bli…
Vinylon, the fabric used in FjΓ€llrΓ€ven backpacks, is the national fabric of North Korea. Vinylon's widespread usage in North Korea is often pointed to as an example of the implementation of the juche philosophy (state ideology of North Korea), and it is known as the juche fiber. reuters.com/investigates/…
Female wasps consume wood fibers and mix it with their saliva to build and waterproof their nests terminix.com/pest-control…
An 8oz cup of coffee can contain between 1.1-1.8 grams of soluble fiber scientificamerican.com/ar…
Greasy pizza boxes cannot be recycled; the paper fibers cannot be separated from the oil during the pulping process philly.com/philly/news/br…
Mandrills are the world's largest monkeys and they are found in Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, and Congo. The red and blue pigments, which are highly favored by females, derive from light diffraction in facial collagen fibers. Every night, each mandrill group sleeps in a different tree. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
In the classic Kubrick film, Peter Sellers’ eccentric character Dr. Strangelove suffered from agonistic apraxia, or "alien hand syndrome". It's caused by damaging the corpus callosumβ€”the nerve fibers that connect the brain's two hemispheres. It’s now often known as Dr. Strangelove Syndrome. zmescience.com/medicine/a…
Cotton is native to both the Old and New Worlds, but while cotton fibers occur naturally in colors of white, brown, pink and green, fears of contaminating the genetics of white cotton have led many cotton-growing locations to ban the growing of colored cotton varieties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cot…
Whole grain and wheat breads are not necessarily healthier than white breads. One problem with the current definition of β€œwhole grain” is that it doesn’t account for fiberβ€”and many whole grain products on supermarket shelves contain very little. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Mercury 'amalgamates' with other metals like aluminum, causing the mixture to grow white, fiber-like aluminum oxide and destroy its shape, which is why it is against the law to bring mercury onto an airplane. youtube.com/watch?v=ZiWlt…
AT&T Charges $40-$50 less for gigabit broadband in markets where Google Fiber exists. consumerist.com/2015/09/3…
Avocados are particularly filling because they are very high in fiber. Its fat is slowly digested, which helps your meal stay with you longer cookinglight.com/eating-s…
Crickets can provide more nutrition per calorie than beef, they are high in fiber, low in fat, and (depending on the cricket's diet) they can be an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. Many countries outside the USA and Europe already have bugs on their regular menu. edibleinsects.com/insect-…
The 9/11 tragedy released a cloud of asbestos fibers over NYC. 400 tons of asbestos was in the WTC building. An estimated 410,000 people were exposed to the toxic substance. Nearly 70% of rescuers have lung problems. Experts expect cancer diagnoses to peak in 2041-four decades after the attack. asbestos.com/world-trade-…
Cotton balls aren't made of cotton. Despite their name, most modern cotton balls are made out of cheaper, bleached synthetic fibers such as polyester and nylon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cot…
The space between teeth should be smooth and flowing, without any ridges or sharp corners. If dental floss shreds, there must be some sort of edge in this area that is disrupting the floss fibers. Many times, this is the result of a filling placed between two teeth that needs to be smoothed out thousandoaksfamilydentist…
The majority of North Korean clothes are made from Vinylon, a synthetic fiber made of coal and rocks. It is the only country in the world to do so. vaguelyinteresting.co.uk/…
"meat rainbows" happen because of the way light diffracts off the fibers of cold cut meats. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Airplanes made of carbon fiber composites need to have a thin mesh of conductive material, such as copper, applied on their surface to dissipate lightning strikes otherwise they could sustain heavy damage. compositesworld.com/artic…

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