Neanderthals, which were traditionally thought of as extremely primitive humans, are now believed to have been extremely intelligent, even comparable to the intelligence of modern humans. They used tools, had social structures, thrived in hostile environments, and lived long lives. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Humans today have a vestigial (useless) structure in the back of our hips, called the coccyx. It is also called the tailbone, because that bone used to be where our old ancestors' tails were. Some mutations today cause an actual tail to grow out of the coccyx healthline.com/health/ves…
Today I learned about the Australian Dingo Fence, one of the longest structures on Earth at over 3,500 miles long, designed to control the movement of the wild dogs and protect farm animals theguardian.com/australia…
The fine-structure constant, a dimensionless quantity roughly equal to 1/137, is one of nature's most important numbers. While this constant has now been determined to many decimal places, it is used to characterize the strength of the electromagnetic force affecting charged particles. quantamagazine.org/physic…
Ted Cassidy, best known as Lurch on the original Addams Family series, was 6 feet and 9 inches tall. He died from a botched surgery to remove a tumor on his heart, which resulted from the condition acromegaly that caused his iconic voice, facial structure and height. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted…
Zebrafish are used in research because it have a similar genetic structure to humans. They share 70% of genes with humans, and 84% of genes known to be associated with human disease have a zebrafish counterpart. irp.nih.gov/blog/post/201…
The controversial Strangler Cairn, a 4m high self-supporting rock structure that cost $700,000aus, has a strangler fig atop it, which the artist intended to wrap around the cairn as it grew. But that species of fig gets its nutrients from a host tree, so in this case it can't actually grow weekendnotes.com/strangle…
Today I learned about see-through wood, which is treated to become as clear as glass and is a potential alternative to regular windows. It is 5 times as insulative and 3 times as durable while also being lighter, making it perfect for cold weather structures. goodnewsnetwork.org/trans…
Researchers have discovered what appear to be the remnants of red blood cells and collagen structures in 75 million-year-old dinosaur fossils. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
The world’s strongest teeth belong to aquatic snails called limpets, now considered the strongest biological structures on the planet. discovery.ca/Blogs/Discov…
Moray Eels have a second set of extendable "jaws" inside their throat called the pharyngeal jaw that grab onto prey and pull it down the eel's throat. They are thought to be a modified gill structure that has developed a secondary set of teeth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pha…
Blue eyes are not due to pigmentation, and actually appear blue due to their structure in the same way the sky does. pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/…
Today I learned of β€œtooth-in-eye” surgery to restore a patient’s sight with their tooth. A tooth and surrounding bone is removed, a hole is drilled, and a plastic lens is inserted. The lens-tooth structure is implanted into the patient’s cheek, where it grows new blood vessels, then it is implanted in the eye. rnib.org.uk/nb-online/too…
The Chaco Culture National Historic Site in New Mexico containes ruins built between 800AD-1150AD and remained the largest structures in North America until the 1800's. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The Washington Monument was the tallest structure in the world upon it's completion in 1884 until it was eclipsed in height by the Eiffel Tower in 1889 britannica.com/topic/Wash…
The Inka never developed writing but instead had a system of tying knots called khipu in which the color, direction and structure of the knots communicated different information. While most of it is numerical, fully cracking the code reveal a phonetic khipu alphabet with records of history. discovermagazine.com/plan…
In 1930 the Indiana Bell building was rotated 90Β°. Over a month, the structure was moved 15 inch/hr, all while 600 employees still worked there. There was no interruption to gas, heat, electricity, water, sewage, or the telephone service they provided. No one inside felt it move. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AT%…
The Unorganized Borough is the large portion of territory that forgoes government structure in Alaska, and it’s size is larger than the land area of the smallest 16 U.S. states combined wikipedia.org/wiki/Unorga…
The Dingo Fence is a 5,614 kilometer fence built in Australia during the 1880s to keep dingoes out of the relatively fertile south-east part of the continent to protect the sheep flocks of southern Queensland. It is one of the longest structures in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Din…
Today I learned of the duodecimal or dozenal system, a base-12 system for numbers which some argue is better fit to be our main numerical structure than base-10 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duo…
Today I learned that the ShweDagon Pagoda is the largest gold made structure, made out of 20k plus gold bars, 5k+ diamonds(the largest being 15 grams), 2k+ rubies, and it is estimated to be worth 3 billion dollars. shwedagonpagoda.com.mm/
1000 year old wooden structures are made of Ore-pine, the heartwood of prepared old-growth mountain pines; the trees had their branches removed and were left to stand, the tree resins bleeding upward and out through the cut branches and thus making the heartwood more resinous and rot resistant. talknorway.no/wooden-buil…
If subject to quantum uncertainty, indefinite causal structures could correspond to superpositions of situations where, roughly speaking, 'A is in the past of B' and 'B is in the past of A' jointly. nature.com/articles/nphys…
Shark eggs are little plastic bag-like containers known as "Mermaid Purses". They come with strings that latch onto rope structures such as seaweed. marinedimensions.ie/what-…
The THUMS Islands (aka Astronaut Islands as of 1967 ) off the coast of Long Beach, CA are artificial islands which were built to for oil drilling and were designed with structures, landscaping, waterfalls, etc. to conceal their operation/noise. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/THU…
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…
Today I learned of Ice Stupas (Man made structures of Ice) to preserve waters in winter in Ladakh. youtu.be/2xuBvI98-n4
Scientists studying the structure of the human fist and it's effectiveness at protecting the bones of the hand did their tests by using cadaver arms to punch and slap in different positions and motions. jeb.biologists.org/conten…
Caterpillars have structures at the tip of their walking legs called CROCHETS that act like velcro to keep them anchored to surfaces!! thecaterpillarlab.org/sin…
Chirality, a property of asymmetry, in which way that the structure and its mirror image are not superimposable. Human hands are the most universally recognized example of chirality. sawongam.com/science/a-sc…
Categories for hurricanes as high as "Category 7" have been proposed but are "not necessary" as almost all human structures are obliterated at Category 5 anyway. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saf…
A "trilithon" is a structure consisting of two large vertical stones (posts) supporting a third stone set horizontally across the top (lintel). Stonehenge in England is one of the most famous examples of a trilithon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Turkey vultures vomit to express upset feelings & to cool themselves off when it's hot out they go to the bathroom on their feet. Their vomit & feces are highly acidic & accidentally damage people's roofs & electricity structures causing power failures sometimes sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/archive…
After divorcing Tiger Woods, Elin Nordegren bought a home but her architect advised her to demolish the structure rather than renovate. She allowed Habitat for Humanity to salvage anything from the property. They later auctioned off items such as a 12' fountain en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
Today I learned of Euro English - a jargon in the EU administration adopting words and grammatical structures from other member states' languages euronews.com/2020/04/23/w…
The white stork Ciconia ciconia nest, with its impressive size of over 1.5 m in height, a diameter of over 1.5 m and weight exceeding a ton, belongs the largest and heaviest structures built by birds all over the world. link.springer.com/article…
The tallest structure in the United States is a television broadcast tower in North Dakota en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KVL…
The Richat Structure is an eroded dome, 40 kilometres (25 mi) in diameter, exposing sedimentary rock in layers which appear as concentric rings. A prominent circular feature in the Sahara's Adrar Plateau is visible from space. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
Tetrapods are a type of structure in coastal engineering used to prevent erosion caused by weather and longshore drift, primarily to enforce coastal structures such as seawalls and breakwaters. wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetrap…
A triple dot sign on certain structures (e.g. dams) means that the work "contains dangerous forces" and may not be attacked in observance of international humanitarian law casebook.icrc.org/glossar…
Frits Staal from UC Berkeley who specialized in the study of Vedic ritual argued that the syntactic structure of a mantra is, interestingly, often closer to birdsong than it is to natural language and suggests that Mantras are actually meaningless iias.asia/sites/default/f…
The Great Pyramid was the tallest man-made structure in the world for more than 3,800 years until Lincoln Cathedral was finished in 1311 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The Greek word for β€œCarpenter” more accurately translates as β€œhome builder” and since Judea built structures primarily out of stone, Jesus was probably a stone mason. leadership.lifeway.com/20…
A fire tornado is when a fire has such intensity that it generates an actual tornado. California has spawned multiple rare "firenados." One in 2018 was rated EF3 with winds in excess of 143 mph (230 km/h). Resulting in uprooted trees, cars and damaged structures due to wind as well as fire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
Today I learned about Stone Man's Syndrome, a disabling disorder with no cure or treatment in which the body repairs damaged connective tissue with bone structure. Surgical removal of the extra bone growths has been shown to cause the body to "repair" the affected area with even more bone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fib…
If certain kind of music (such as Icelandic hymns) brings you goosebumps, you may have the ability to experience intense emotions which is because there are differences in your brain structure (Brain connectivity reflects human aesthetic responses to music) academic.oup.com/scan/art…
Covered bridges are designed with roofs to protect and preserve the wooden structure from the elements. Uncovered wooden bridges typically have a lifespan of only 20 years because of the effects of rain and sun, but a covered bridge could last 100 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cov…
We breathe (mostly) out of only one nostril at a time, alternating (on average) every 2.5 hours. This is controlled via turbinates--small structures inside the nose which consist of bony projections covered by erectile tissue--filling one side with blood, while shunting blood away in the other. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nas…
Today I learned about Time Crystals, discrete crystals that have a structure that repeats in time, causing them to resist entropy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Scientists improved the intelligence of old mice, by infusing them with blood from young humans. Young blood led to improved brain function and reversed symptoms of ageing. It helped reduce memory loss; and slowed the decline in muscle function, metabolism and bone structure. nature.com/news/young-hum…

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