A woodpeckers tongue is so long, it actually wraps around its skull providing further insulation to the brain in warding them from concussions infinitespider.com/woodpe…
About Aerogel, an insulator up to R-30 per inch, or the equivalent of 10 inches of fiberglass insulation. It's been used on the Mars Rover. It's also more expensive than gold by weight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aer…
A single Canada Goose has between 20 and 25 thousand feathers. Just a fraction of an inch of this feather insulation can keep a bird's body temperature at 104 degrees, even in freezing weather. birdnote.org/show/how-fea…
Spray foam insulation can cause toxic air if its not mixed correctly or the temperature is too hot during curing youtube.com/watch?v=0Hh5M…
Galvanic reactions between the State of Liberty's copper skin and wrought iron supports caused the iron to corrode. The Statue required extensive renovation, and was entirely disassembled and Teflon insulation placed in between the iron and copper en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gal…
NASA engineers had issues with the honey comb insulation of the Saturn V rocket, so they ended up hiring local surfers, who had experience in working with the material, to apply it to the rocket. youtu.be/UYU-H6IOSEA?t=15…
By lighting a fire in an igloo the fire inside melts the inner layer of ice, and the cold outside refreezes it adding a layer of insulation that can keep the igloo at 20Β° inside while it's -50Β° outside. physlink.com/education/as…
Rodents Are Feasting On Newer Cars' Soy-Based Wiring Insulation thedrive.com/news/20878/r…
Most of what we call "styrofoam" isn't styrofoam, it's polystyrene. Styrofoam is a different substance used for building insulation. tedium.co/2017/03/14/expa…
Goodwill sends the clothing they can't sell to textile recyclers, which turns them into sound-proof insulation for cars. huffingtonpost.com/entry/…
Camels do not store water in their humps. The humps are actually reservoirs for fatty tissue. Concentrating fat in their humps minimizes insulation throughout the rest of the body, thus allowing camels to survive in such extreme hot regions. onekindplanet.org/animal/…
Today I learned of Laika, the first dog in space. Her journey was actually a journey into hell. The insulation came off the craft and the dog spent five hours in extreme stress and 100+ heat before succumbing and dying. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/scien…
Weasels are known to invade vole nests under the snow, kill and eat the vole, then pluck its fur and line the space with it as insulation for their new home nytimes.com/2016/06/14/sc…
Igloos can retain a temperature of 60Β° F during -50Β° weather. Fire inside melts the inner layer of ice, and the cold outside refreezes it, adding a layer of insulation. didyouwonder.com/how-does…
A Thermos flask creates a highly efficient thermal insulation by creating a partial vacuum between 2 barriers. Since there's virtually no air/gas/matter, there's nothing to carry energy away (bar the canister itself). This is how rocket fuel is stored - in a giant Thermos. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vac…
In 2003, a korean taxi driver who was displeased with his medical treatment after a paralyzing stroke, boarded a subway train, carrying flammable liquid, and set himself on fire. Train insulation and interior were very flammable; fire spread, killing 192. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dae…
The gold-leaf looking metal on satellites and spacecraft is actually aluminized polymide, plastic polymers coated with aluminum for "insulation". nesdis.noaa.gov/content/g…
Many new cars use eco-friendly plant-based insulation on their electrical wires, which attract rodents, which find them to be delicious consumerreports.org/car-m…
Today I learned about Hempcrete or Hemplime: a bio-composite material- a mixture of hemp hurds and lime used as a material for construction and insulation. It is marketed under names like Hempcrete, Canobiote, Canosmose, and Isochanvre. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hem…
Pink fiberglass insulation is trademarked by Owens-Corning, who stopped making it pink because they thought it would discourage male customers. Customers asked for it back and they got the United Artists trademark for the Pink Panther in 1979. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owe…
On 8 June 1995 Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-70) "was rolled back from Pad 39B to the VAB [Vehicle Assembly Building] after Yellow Flicker Woodpeckers drilled about 195 holes on the external tank foam insulation, many of which were too high up on the tank to be accessed at the pad for repairs." nasa.gov/mission_pages/sh…
Bubble Wrap was actually invented to be a Wallpaper but failed to catch on. It was then used as Greenhouse insulation and wasn't until a year later that it was used as shipping material. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bub…
"Conspicuous Conservation" is the willingness to engage in environmental behavior that is more visible, like spending more on solar cells than insulation. It's also called the Prius Effect, as people buy the electric car because of its distinctive shape to signal their environmental commitment. are.berkeley.edu/fields/e…
Used denim can be upcycled into insulation bluejeansgogreen.org/Abou…
Bubble Wrap was invented in 1957 by engineers who sealed two shower curtains together, creating a smattering of air bubbles, which they originally tried to sell as wallpaper. When the product failed as wallpaper the team next marketed it as greenhouse insulation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bub…
After the launch of STS-70, NASA had installed plastic owls on and around the space shuttle to prevent woodpeckers from boring holes in the insulation of the external fuel tank. spaceflight.nasa.gov/dayf…
Goosebumps are an evolutionary leftover related to our long lost fur. Its advantage: insulation, and enlargening our body when threatened. scientificamerican.com/ar…
The fuzzy hairs on bumblebees that make them so cuddly are called "pile". These hairs do not only help with insulation and pollen transport, they also sense flowers' electric fields. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
The main sound and thermal insulation material for bullet trains is also the material used to make kitchen cleaner sponges en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel…
NASA used the prototypes from the cancelled interceptor version of the SR-71 to make "a major achievement in fluid dynamics research". They mounted a liquid nitrogen cooled sensor package under the aircraft, then blew the insulation off of it at mach 3... in order to test their simulations. nasa.gov/centers/armstron…
In 1959 a 3-ton block of ice was transported on truck using glass wool as insulation from Norway to Libreville in Central Africa. Driving across the Sahara, they only lost 11% of its weight when they arrived after 27 days en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
Surfers were hired by Nasa to solve heat insulation problems on moon rocket saturn V (17:05 - 18:10) youtube.com/watch?v=TKbDd…
In 2007 residents of Tulsa Oklahoma gathered to open a 50 year old time capsule containing a beautiful Plymouth Belvedere. Due to the terrible insulation job, all they found was a rusted piece of garbage. allpar.com/history/auto-s…
The first transatlantic cable, set to work in 1858, only endured a couple of days under the sea because it had a thin insulation. The replacement cable used 100kg of insulation per km of cable, and one of the materials was hemp. wikipedia.org/wiki/Transa…
The icicles that hang off the roof of a house are a result of energy loss from inside the home. The larger the icicles, the greater amount of heat is escaping through the roof due to poor attic insulation. nytimes.com/2009/02/19/ga…
The source of ignition on Apollo 1, Was a Wire that was attached to a small door. After repetitive uses, it lost all its insulation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
Today I learned of the 'Rasberry crazy ant', an ant which is attracted to electricity, occasionally causing short circuits because the ants chew through insulation. For some reason, unknown to scientists, they prefer DC to AC. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ras…
A few pets in New York City have been killed or maimed by manhole covers and service plates electrified due to insufficient insulation and road salt corrosion, and in 2004 a woman was killed like this while walking her two dogs on a wet street in the East Village nytimes.com/2007/02/15/ny…
-Magic Erasers (melamine foam) is also used as the main sound and thermal insulation material for bullet trains. sinoyqx.com/yarquenxer/me…
The first transatlantic telegraph cable (1858) took two years and three journeys to lay across the ocean floor, during which it broke 5 times. Top speed was one letter per 2 minutes, which decreased as the insulation failed, and the line went dead in 3 weeks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
There is a unit used by engineers called a "clo" that is the thermal insulation of one's clothing. 1 clo is the amount of insulation with which the average person will feel comfortable in a 70F room. It is used in HVAC calculations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clo…
The ant species Trichomyrmex destructor is a notorious pest, known to gnaw through fabric and rubber, and remove insulation from electric and phone lines. Several house and car fires have also been attributed to the ants. biosecurity.govt.nz/files…
Primaloft a synthetic microfiber thermal insulation was produced by request from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory to be an alternative to goose down, the material is commonly used in outdoor clothing and retains 96% of its insulating capability when wet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
Most Goodwills take damaged clothes and fabric scraps and sell it in bulk to companies that recycle it into cleaning rags, housing insulation, yarn, etc. bostonglobe.com/metro/reg…
Rockwool insulation really is made from rock youtube.com/watch?v=t6FWP…
Housing and furniture insulation must pass a standard government 'Smolder test', which uses a lit cigarette as an ignition source. youtube.com/watch?v=6GZc0…
NASA used local surfers to apply insulation to the 2nd stage of the Apollo era Saturn V Rockets because they had more experience with the material, using it to make surfboards. youtu.be/DqQmoJafQlg?t=16…
Cotton braid was still permitted as wiring insulation up until 1984. dli.mn.gov/ccld/PDF/eli_G…

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