Today I learned of a Russian analog computer built in 1936 that ran by a careful manipulation of water through a room full of interconnected pipes and pumps en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat…
In 2008 a team of medical scientists built a "bioartifical heart", where they took a cell-less heart framework and reseeded it with cells. By the eighth day, the structure was able to beat and pump like a natural heart. nature.com/articles/nm168…
The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) does not believe it is important for students to take calculus in high school, saying β€œthe pump that is pushing more students into more advanced mathematics ever earlier is not just ineffective: It is counter-productive.” nctm.org/uploadedFiles/St…
In Poznan, Poland, eight clams get to decide if people in the city get water or not. They’re equipped with sensors atop them that trip the water supply pumps when they close due to detecting something unsafe in the water. zmescience.com/science/po…
The girl featured singing in Technotronic's iconic Pump Up the Jam music video is not actually the singer of the song, but a model named Felly Kilingi that was lipsynching. The real singer was Ya Kid K. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pum…
In 2018 a 75-year-old British man pooped into a container for six to eight weeks, built a homemade pump, drove 200 miles to his former friend's house and used the pump to spray the poo all over the hallway and stairs through the mailbox. mandatory.com/the-world/1…
In 2010, Cathay Pacific Flight 780 nearly crashed due to saltwater in the underground fuel tanks causing a pump truck filter to break down, releasing superabsorbent polymer into the A330's fuel system. The fuel metering unit then seized up mid flight and 322 people almost died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Britain removed all their road signs during World War II so that if the Germans invaded, they would get lost. These defensive preparations included the removal of signposts, milestones, and railway station signs. Gas pumps were also removed from service stations near their coast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
An American teen-ager survived for nearly four months without a heart, kept alive by a custom-built artificial blood-pumping device until she was able to have a heart transplant. She essentially lived for 118 days without a heart, with her circulation supported only by the two blood pumps. reuters.com/article/usa-t…
A few weeks before the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, US scientists performed a safety test on the EBR-II reactor by disabling cooling pumps and automatic protection systems at full thermal power. The core passively cooled itself as designed without human intervention or damage. ne.anl.gov/About/hn/logos…
While experimenting on a jet pump project for NASA in his bathroom in 1982, Lonnie Johnson shot a stream of water across the room and thought, "This would make a great gun." The Super Soaker went on to make him some $73 million in royalties.⁠ ⁠ wikipedia.org/wiki/Lonnie…
Today I learned about the "whale pump". Whales tend to defecate in surface waters; additionally the feces tend to float. Whales feed at deeper levels of the ocean where krill is found. The fecal action of whales thus reverses the usual flow of nutrients of the ocean's "biological pump" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wha…
Milk chocolate a dilatant fluid, exhibiting viscocity that increases with increasing agitation. Pump selection is critical for milk chocolate because it can become almost solid if the shear rate is high enough. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non…
As a defensive measure Israel installed an underwater pipe system to pump flammable crude oil into the Suez Canal, thereby creating a sheet of flame. On the eve of the Yom Kippur War, teams of Egyptian frogmen blocked the underwater openings with concrete before launching their attack en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Your heart pumps enough blood per year to fill an Olympic size swimming pool( about 500,000 gallons) bbc.com/future/article/20…
John Snow, who found the cause of cholera during the height of an epidemic, proved his findings by halting an entire outbreak through one action- removing the infected water pump handle. bbc.co.uk/history/histori…
In the 1952 polio epidemic in Denmark, mortality was over 85 per cent due to a shortage of respirators. Dr Bjorn Ibsen invented a new kind of ventilator, proved it worked and then recruited thousands of volunteers to hand-pump them for weeks (they were fully manual). Mortality fell to 26%. researchgate.net/publicat…
The 1854 Broad Street cholera outbreak was ended when they discovered the source was a single water pump and simply removed the handle en.wikipedia.org/wiki/185…
In 1956 the Soviet Union had considered a plan to build a 55-mile dam across the Bering Strait, pump warm water into the Arctic Ocean, and thaw Siberia. neverwasmag.com/2017/04/t…
The first Reebok Pump shoes were released on November 24, 1989. That month, Dominique Wilkins introduced them to the world by pumping in a TV commercial. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ree…
A man set a record for the most expensive free drink at Starbucks ever when he used a coupon to order a "mega" latte with 101 shots of espresso and 17 pumps of vanilla syrup. His drink contained nearly 7500 mg of caffeine and rang up to $83.75. eater.com/2014/10/30/7131…
The famous PBR river boats that the US used in the Vietnam war had pump-jet engines made by Jacuzzi en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
Mid grade gasoline doesn't really exist and is usually blended at the pump blog.consumerguide.com/wh…
Most gas stations only have tanks of regular and premium gas. The midgrade option is blended at the pump. Filling your tank with an equal mix of 87/91 is often cheaper than an equivalent amount of 89 cnet.com/roadshow/news/th…
In order to supply water to the parks of the Palace of Versailles, Louis XIV ordered the construction of the machine Marly to pump water from the Seine located 10 km from the castle with a drop of 150 meters. This machine, considered one of the most complex of its time worked for 133 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
Today I learned of William Kamkwamba, who taught himself to build windmills from library books. He built his first windmill, at age 15, out of junk from the scrap yard and brought power to his Malawian village. Later on he built another windmill to power water pumps to irrigate fields. cnn.com/2009/WORLD/africa…
Every day the average human heart pumps over 1800 gallons of blood through veins and other vessels mintstl.com/blog/9-facts-…
Gas and diesel nozzles on gas pumps are different sizes auto.howstuffworks.com/fu…
A couple from Alberta went to their abandoned farm to scavenge the septic tank pump instead of buying a new one, only to find the body of a man that was brutally tortured before being dumped there. The murder remains unsolved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sep…
Henry Ford's intense hatred of Jazz drove him to pump tons of money into promoting country music, which was then called "old time music" and helped establish country music culture as we know it today. blacdetroit.com/BLAC-Detr…
Chris Hemsworth's first job was cleaning human breast pump rentals youtube.com/watch?v=vg7qb…
A village in India renamed itself Snapdeal.com Nagar after the company installed pumps in the village en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sna…
In 2006, a man was arrested at a Chicago airport because security guards thought he said his penis pump was a bomb. He had a strong accent and was whispering 'pump' as he didn't want his mother to hear. news24.com/World/News/Pen…
Smartwatches measures blood preassure by emitting light to the skin and reading how much light is reflected back; as the heart pumps blood, it causes a variation in blood volume on the skin and can be detected by change in light absorption, a not-so-new technology called photoplethysmogram. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
The previously unknown glymphatic system was first described in 2012. Previously, scientists did not fully understand how the brain, which maintains its own closed ecosystem, removed waste. During sleep, a system of plumbing pumps cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) through the brain to wash away waste medicalxpress.com/news/20…
The Mponeng Gold Mine in South Africa is over 4km deep. The depth causes the temperature of the rock to reach 66 Β°C (151 Β°F), and the mine has to pump a slurry of ice underground to cool the tunnel air to below 30 Β°C (86 Β°F). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mpo…
Today I Learned In New Jersey You Cannot Legally Pump Your Own Gas nj.gov/labor/lsse/employe…
Today I learned of William Kamkwamba, who at the age of 15 taught himself how to build windmills out of junk to provide his family electricity, and later to pump water for his community that was suffering from a huge drought. He did all of this through library books, as his family couldn't afford schooling. wired.com/2009/10/kamwamb…
While A Rocket Generates A Maximum Equivalent of About 37 Million Horsepower, The Fuel Pump Alone Delivers as Much As 71,000 Horse Power In Order To Supply The Engine With The Oxygen It Requires. nasa.gov/missions/highlig…
Michigan has a reservoir that works as a giant battery. It pumps up water from Lake Michigan at night using off peak power. When there is high electrical demand the water is released to produce hydroelectric power. consumersenergy.com/compa…
The iconic windmills of the Netherlands were widely used to pump water from low elevation areas to make more usable land available. holland.com/global/touris…
Today I learned of a Malawian teenager who taught himself how to build a windmill out of junk and bring power to his village. He then went on to build a second, larger windmill to power irrigation pumps. He did this all from books he read in the library. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/afric…
The earliest footballs were made from either a sheep or pig’s bladder, then inflated orally before being knotted at the end. A leather casing was then fitted around the bladder to make it durable. It wasn’t until 1862 that a round ball was made, with a pump to inflate it. theguardian.com/football/…
Today I learned of the Sahara pump theory, which states that in about 10,000 years from now, the change in the orientation of the rotational axis of Earth's poles will move the North African Monsoon far enough north to convert the Sahara back into a tropical climate, as it was during 5,000–10,000 years ago en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sah…
In New Jersey you cannot pump your own Gasoline at a gas station regproject.org/cant-pump-…
The first vending machine was constructed by Hero of Alexandria (c. 10 AD - c.70 AD); when a coin was introduced via a slot on the top of the machine, a set amount of holy water was dispensed. His other inventions include a fire engine pump, a wind operated organ, and the first steam engine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
Its illegal to pump your own gas in New Jersey and Oregon. mentalfloss.com/article/1…
A left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is a pump that that assists the hart during end stage heart failure. It is run by battery and people that have one will not have a pulse and will continue to pump blood after their death. epmonthly.com/article/the…
Russian scientist Vladimir Lukyanov built one of the world's first programmable computers in 1928. It manipulated water through interconnected pipes and pumps where the rate of flow represented mathematical operations and the water level in each tank showed the results of the calculations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat…

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