Kentaro Miura, author of manga series Berserk, was so meticulous that he would often go pixel-by-pixel in digital drawing software meant to streamline his inking and drawing process otaquest.com/kentaro-miur…
Glassblowers in Alexandria, Egypt were the first to produce clear glass around 100 AD through the introduction of manganese dioxide into the glass making process. Thereafter, the Romans began to use clear glass for architectural purposes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
When your immune system fights an infection, it cranks up the mutation rate during antibody production by a factor of 1,000,000, and then has them compete with each other. This natural selection process creates highly specific antibodies for the virus. sciencedirect.com/topics/…
Humans can regenerate some of their organs through a process called compensatory hypertrophy. When part of the liver is removed or destroyed, the remaining portion grows to the original size and allows the liver to function as it did before. Kidneys and lungs can also similarly compensate. nigms.nih.gov/education/D…
Phosphorus was discoverd when alchemist Hennig Brand who was experimenting with urine attempted to create the fabled philosopher's stone through the distillation of some salts by evaporating urine, and in the process produced a white material that glowed in the dark and burned brilliantly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
Today I learned of Plastic Pyrolysis. A process of heating plastic in the absence of oxygen to create solid, liquid, and gaseous fuels. Literally turning plastic back into oil! frontiersin.org/articles/…
The comb jelly β€” also known as the warty comb jelly, or sea walnut β€” has a transparent butt that only appears during defecation. The gut fuses with the epidermis when waste accumulates and forms an anal opening. Once excretion is complete, the process is reversed and the anus vanishes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mne…
Bees make honey by continuously regurgitating nectar into each other’s mouths in order to break down the sugars by partially going through the digestive process each time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
The Washington Monument’s many blocks are held together by just gravity and friction. No mortar was used in the building process. today.com/news/engineerin…
Today I learned of the Hall-HΓ©roult process, an industrial method to produce aluminum, which was developed independently and patented by both Charles Hall, who was American, and Paul HΓ©roult, who was French, in the year 1886, when both men were 23 years old. Both were born in 1863, and both died in 1914. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
Free nitrogen and oxygen atoms, generated by solar energy in the upper atmosphere, recombine at night to form nitric oxide (NO) in a process that releases a photon, thereby contributing to "Nightglow". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
Oettinger Brewery does not advertise, uses company-owned trucks, & their brewing process is highly automated. This allows them to keep beer prices low whereby they were the best-selling beer in Germany from 2004-2011. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oet…
After rigor mortis wears off the body becomes limp and relaxed again in a process called β€œSecondary Flaccidity” verywellhealth.com/what-h…
In 1824, a French physicist unknowingly initiated the science of "thermodynamics" outlining the second law and developing the notion of a "reversible process" in nature, when he wrote a book about how to maximize the efficiency of steam engines, at the age of 27 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
The Patella Vulgata Limpets tongue is covered with teeth it uses to scrape food off rocks and into their mouths, often swallowing particles of rock in the process. Researchers found the teeth to be stronger than spider silk, as well as all but the very strongest of man-made materials. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
Today I learned of Robert Fortune who in the 19th century was hired by the British East India Company to infiltrate China and steal their tea and reveal their tea-making process kept secret for thousands of years. clairepetras.com/stealing…
In the early 1900s, some American parents started the trend of transporting their children by mail. The first child to be mailed was 8-month-old James Beagle. He was sent a few miles away to his grandmother for 15 cents (insured for 50 dollars). The process was made illegal a few years later. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The Michelin Man is white is because rubber tires are naturally white. It wasn't until 1912 that companies started mixing carbon chemicals with the rubber to make black tires. This process is not an aesthetic change, but a structural one, making the tires stronger and durable. guide.michelin.com/us/en/…
John Stark, an unpaid rescuer of the Donner Party, refused to leave any of the 9 dying survivors, mostly children, behind (unlike his paid partners who just grabbed one kid each and left). He carried 2-3 at a time, then went back and repeated the process. All 9, and Stark, survived. donnersummithistoricalsoc…
The life cycle of our taste buds is generally less than 2 weeks, then they are replaced by new ones. This is a process called neurogenesis. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The human brain can process and correctly identify images seen for as little as 13 milliseconds. nhm.ac.uk/discover/how-do…
Our brains do not necessarily process everything as that would be an overload of information, a study from 2016 found that under the influence of LSD, the brain recruited many more regions for visual processing than normal, enriching the images people saw even when their eyes were shut. theguardian.com/science/2…
Part of Washington, DC was returned to Virginia in 1846 in a process called "retrocession," but the sections donated by Maryland have resisted the idea of being reunited with Maryland. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
The game "50 Cent: Blood in the Sand" had a helicopter mission added to it late in the development process because 50 Cent's son asked for helicopters to be in the game en.wikipedia.org/wiki/50_…
Ultrasonic blades use sound waves to cleanly and precisely cut difficult-to-process food, like cheese. In particular, the technique stops matter from sticking to the blade, reducing cleaning time. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Much of the Water we drink is older than our Sun. The dense Interstellar Clouds of Gas and Dust that formed our Sun contained large amounts of Water. The Water molecules from these clouds somehow survived the violent process of our Suns birth, and helped form most of the Water on Earth. space.com/amp/27256-earth…
Today I learned about the Sorites Paradox, a paradox that arises from vague predicates. If you remove a grain of sand from a heap, it is still a heap of sand. When the process is repeated enough times: is a single remaining grain still a heap? If not, when did it change from a heap to a non-heap? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sor…
The world's first photographic process, the daguerreotype, was capable of recording fine detail better than today's digital cameras. A panoramic photo captured in 1848 was taken at a resolution equivalent to 140,000 megapixels. blog.redbubble.com/2010/0…
The Spotted Hyena is the only mammalian species to lack an external vaginal opening. During the mating process, the male's penis enters and exits the female's reproductive tract through her pseudo-penis rather than directly through the vagina, which is blocked by the false scrotum and testes. wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotte…
Australian billionaire Clive Palmer had a development plan he wanted to keep secret, so the architect jokingly labelled the block of land as "dinosaur park". After newspapers worldwide reported that they were planning to clone dinosaurs, 500 scientists applied to be involved in the process traveller.com.au/clive-pa…
Small bugs like ticks hitch rides on larger flying insects in a process called Phoresis. Blister beetle larvae uses Phoresis by emitting fake pheromones to attract a male bee who will then take them for a ride ultimately to a female bee’s nest which they will then parasitize. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
The time tunnel effect at the beginning of Doctor Who in the 1970s used torn polythene bags with a polarizing filter behind them, photographed with a slit-scan process youtu.be/ylyXb-ZDnnA?t=50…
Not all US patent numbers are whole numbers. For example, US Patent number 2,712,152Β½ was issued in 1955 for a new shrimp-peeling process. hdp.com/blog/2018/10/29/f…
In the healing of wounds, autolytic debridement can be a helpful process, where the body breaks down and liquifies dead tissue so that it can be washed or carried away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aut…
Today I learned about Occam’s broom. An anti-thinking tool opposed to Occam's razor. It alludes to the process whereby inconvenient facts that don’t fit into one’s hypothesis are swept under the rug. businessinsider.com/occam…
KFC is Indonesia's biggest CD retailer. More than half a million CDs are sold a month in the more than 650 KFCs across the country. The CDs sold are selected by Steve Lillywhite, the producer for U2. Part of the selection process is offering KFC distribution deals to up-and-coming acts. thejakartapost.com/life/2…
The word for the non-feather remains left when an aircraft strikes a bird is 'snarge'. And that pilots who hit birds are supposed to collect it and send it to the Smithsonian Institution Feather Identification Lab as part of the reporting process. safety.af.mil/Portals/71/…
Citric acid, one of the most common food additives (sodas, ice cream, processed sweets, cider, baby food) is usually not made from lemons, but by feeding sugar to black mould through an industrial process. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cit…
There is a method of growing rhubarb known as "forcing" where the plant grows in complete darkness and is tended to in candlelight. It grows so quickly during this process that you can hear it grow. bbc.com/travel/story/2019…
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…
Today I learned of "Copycat Investors", investors who follow exactly what other investors do. Some investors have followed Warren Buffet and lost significant sums of money when the investment does not work out, sometimes losing everything in the process. People like Buffet can afford to lose billions. investopedia.com/articles…
Not only did Eddie Van Halen write and play the guitar solo for Michael Jackson's Beat it, but he did it for free and set a monitor speaker on fire (with his music) in the process. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
Lobsters don't age the way other living creatures doβ€”they don't lower their reproductive ability, slow their metabolism, or decrease in strength. Because of their molting process, it is difficult to determine their actual ages. They continue growing larger with each molt until they die. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Canada's Northwest Territories launched a process in 1996 to find a new name. They dropped the matter when "Bob" emerged as a frontrunner. cbc.ca/news/canada/northw…
An amateur Egyptologist, Seamus Blackley, successfully baked bread with 4,500-year-old yeast extracted from ancient Egyptian ceramics once used to bake bread and brew beer. The dormant yeast was activated by a nutrient solution injected into the ceramics during the extraction process smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Despite being one of the most fundamental elements on our planet, hydrogen is not available on earth but needs to be separated from water using electrolysis. This is a high energy process hydrogeneurope.eu/hydroge…
Voting is mandatory in Belgium. Citizens are automatically registered in the electoral polls and more than 90% of the eligible population takes part in the voting process, since you risk a fine if you do not vote either in person or by proxy. angloinfo.com/how-to/belg…
Smyrna Figs are pollinated planting them amongst inedible goat figs and having a tiny wasp which dies inside the fruit complete the pollination process. rapidcityjournal.com/a-wa…
Our bodies age through the same process that rusts metal, oxidation which is a very slow burn. That means that the same air we breathe is also killing us very slowly by burning us to death. thedoctorwillseeyounow.co…
Today I learned about 'Botanical Sexism', a process by which urban landscapers, in an effort to keep streets clear of seeds & flowers, plant only male trees. The male trees lack the seeds of their female counterparts & as the trees get bigger, their pollen counts increases which can worsen seasonal allergies. earth.com/news/botanical-…

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