Each neuron in your brain has one long cable that snakes away from the main part of the cell. This cable, several times thinner than a human hair, is called an axon, and it is where electrical impulses from the neuron travel away to be received by other neurons. qbi.uq.edu.au/brain/brain…
Michael Faraday did a four month long experiment on electric eels. Faraday applied copper paddles and saddles to eels and monitored their reactions, ultimately proving the animal's impulses were electrical by observing sparks and deflections on a galvanometer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
In 2008 Japanese researchers discovered a protein which helps carry electrical impulses from the eye to the brain. They named it Pikachurin in reference to the electric-type pokΓ©mon named Pikachu. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pik…
The nematomorph parasite attaches itself to a cricket, but needs an aquatic habitat to survive. To achieve this, the parasite induces the cricket into a water dive, which is a suicidal impulse to drown itself. npr.org/transcripts/90230…
A MagnetoEncephaloGraph (MEG) measures the magnetic activity caused by the brain's electrical impulses, and is used in epilepsy surgery and for mapping brain activity. It is more discerning temporally and spatially than a conventional EEG (electroencephalogram). ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
As a result of it's war with the US government during the 1970s, the Church of Scientology discovered internal documents from the CIA which proposed a mind-control experiment in which hypnotized subjects would have an uncontrollable impulse to β€˜commit a nuisance’ on Groundhog Day in 1961. mitchellrepublic.com/news…
The heart creates its own electric impulse to make a heartbeat, AKA Cardiac Conduction System. youtube.com/watch?v=RYZ4d…
Today I learned that the electrical impulses in our brain are caused by Sodium and Potassium Ions moving between neurons, something called β€˜Action Potential’ scienceabc.com/humans/ele…
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…
In 1998 Charlie Brooker caused a magazine to be pulled from the shelves for writing an article depicting children taking out their violent impulses on animals in the fictional 'Helmut Werstler's Cruelty Zoo' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Adenosine is a drug used to treat a fast heart rate (SVT) by slowing down the electrical impulses to the heart. Side effects include a sense of impending doom. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ade…
Today I learned of fission-fragment rockets. They use the products of nuclear fission to generate thrust. It can, in theory, produce a very high specific impulse while being within the abilities of current technologies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fis…
Today I learned about Han Qizhi, a 31-year-old shoe salesman, who in February 2001, after being "struck by a rash impulse", climbed a 421 meter skycraper in Shanghai barehanded and in street clothes. He was arrested with bleeding hands and released two weeks later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jin…
Today I learned about a protein called pikachurin, a protein discovered in 2008 that is present in the retina and helps with the transmission of electrical impulses between the eyes and the brain ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed…
Today I learned about a psychological phenomenon called "cute aggression" where people will react to seeing cute things with violent impulses. scientificamerican.com/ar…
The Imp of the Perverse is a metaphor for the urge to do exactly the wrong thing in a given situation for the sole reason that it is possible for wrong to be done. The impulse is compared to an imp (a small demon) which leads an otherwise decent person into mischief. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Reaction Formation is an ego defense mechanism in which emotions and impulses which are anxiety-producing or perceived to be unacceptable are mastered by exaggeration of the directly opposing tendency. For example, if you feel hate towards someone you will express love in order to conceal it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rea…
Dermatillomania is a mental disorder characterized by the urge or impulse to repeatedly pick scabs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exc…
When Parker Brothers tried to introduce a german version of Risk, the board game in which players try to dominate a map of world, the German government threatened to ban it on the grounds that it might encourage imperialist and militaristic impulses in the nation’s youth. wired.com/2009/03/mf-sett…
β€œa heart attack” and β€œa cardiac arrest” are different things: a heart attack is when there is some sort of blockage in blood circulation to the heart, while cardiac arrest is when some problem (usually one with the heart’s electrical impulses) causes the heart to start beating irregularly. heart.org/en/health-topic…
Chronic nail biting is more closely linked to impulse disorders like Tourettes than OCD or anxiety racked.com/2018/6/8/17426…
Aristotle believed that the libido and urge to reproduce was the overriding impulse of all living things, influenced by the 'plant soul'. He proposed this reproductive urge many centuries before Darwin explorable.com/aristotles…
The iPhone (and smartphones in general) have negatively impacted the sale of gum because people are more consumed with their phones and are less inclined to impulse buy when waiting to checkout at a store. recode.net/2017/6/26/1582…
William Buckland, the first paleontologist to write accounts about fossil dinosaurs, was also known for eating uncommon animals. He claimed that mole meat was β€œvile” and reportedly ate preserved heart of a French king on an impulse, as he β€œ[had] never eaten the heart of a king before!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The heart has it's own intrinsic conduction system: it can generate the electrical impulses it needs to beat without the brain surgery.med.miami.edu/lao…
Erik Weihenmayer is a blind rock climber who uses prosthetic "eyes" that translate images to electrical impulses he feels on his tongue. discovermagazine.com/2008…
The "Imp of the Perverse" is the term for random thoughts or a person's impulse to do something crazy like drive off a bridge. thetab.com/2014/07/18/eve…
Solar Impulse 2, the first solar powered plane to circumnavigate the Earth using solar power alone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol…
People who constantly bite the skin around their fingernails or on the inside of their cheeks suffer from dermatophagia, an impulse control disorder linked to anxiety and obsession en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/D…
The more (and longer) a person drinks alcohol, the more damage they'll inflict on the parts of their brain controlling impulse and judgment. medicaldaily.com/long-ter…
Nerve impulses in the brain can travel at speeds up to 268 miles/hour scienceline.ucsb.edu/getk…
There is a protein in the human body named after Pikachu. It transmits electrical impulses from the eyes to the brain. (crosspost r/pokemon) inventorspot.com/articles…
Brain Electrical Oscillation Signature Profiling is a technique by which a suspect's participation in a crime is detected by eliciting electrophysiological impulses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
Ryan Gosling purchased a Moroccan restaurant in Beverly Hills on impulse, and spent a year doing the renovation work himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rya…
Doritos are addicting due to two acids which trigger the impulse to eat by increasing saliva flow. nypost.com/2013/10/03/why…
A chemical called capsiacin (found in chillies and peppers) unblocks stuffy noses by irritating the nerve fibres in the nostril, blocking nerve impulses. drmirkin.com/morehealth/g…
Today I learned of the Gruen transfer, a theory used in shopping mall design. Consumers enter a mall and, surrounded by an intentionally confusing layout, lose track of their original intentions and become more susceptible to impulse buys en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gru…
Today I learned about Gruen transfer, which is why we get lose track of time, feel overwhelmed, and make impulse buys in a big store. psmag.com/magazine/gruen-…
There is a 22-point scale of evil which ranks murderers, impulse murderers being at the bottom, "psychopathic torture-murderers," such as Dhamer, at the top npr.org/templates/story/s…
Needing to pee improves impulse control. psychologytoday.com/blog/…
If your corpus collosum is severed, your left and right hemispheres of your brain can develop their own individual perceptions, concepts, and impulses to act upon. en.www.wikipedia.org/wiki…
Nerve impulses travel through the human body at speeds of up to 250mph, faster than a Formula 1 racing car. The fastest transmissions use a lot of energy, so are reserved for neurons which need to send urgent information, like to tell your brain you are burning your fingers. sciencemuseum.org.uk/WhoA…
Scientists Are Making Star Trek Like Impulse Engines To Be ready As Soon As 2030 news.cnet.com/8301-17938_…
Platypuses hunt their pray using electroreception. This allows them to detect electrical impulses originating from the muscles of their prey, which is magnified underwater, allowing them to track their food with a high amount of precision. reed.edu/biology/professo…
There are people who have had the neural fibers connecting the two hemispheres of their brain severed, splitting their brain in two. After the right and left brain are separated, each hemisphere has its own separate perception, concepts, and impulses to act. youtu.be/ZMLzP1VCANo
Shopping malls are deliberately designed to disorient shoppers, thereby encouraging impulse purchases. This 'Gruen Transfer' effect was named after the eponymous Austrian architect. abc.net.au/tv/gruentransf…
Back in 1986 an airplane called the Rutan Voyager flew around the world non-stop. It took 9 days. Unlike Solar Impulse it had to take off loaded down with all 9 days worth of fuel, which broke the wing on take off. They continued anyways. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rut…
The title sequence of Fight Club accurately traces a nerve impulse from the brain's "fear center" to various affected tissues en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fig…
Ikea stores may be deliberately confusing to navigate so that you see more products and are more liable to impulse buy. ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/g…
The shape of the Hammerhead shark's head is used to detect electromagnetic radiation, such as the nerve impulses of a fish hiding in the sand, and acts as a sort of radar to help them scan wider areas of ocean in search of prey projectaware.org/update/h…

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